We're big fans of folding bikes here at SlashGear, ever since reviewing Sinclair Research's seriously small A-Bike, but an electric boost to our feeble geeky legs is always welcome. Swiss firm Voltitude is promising just that, a compact bike that can fold and unfold in seconds and which uses a 9.5Ah Li-Poly battery good for up to 18 miles.
We only get snow once every few years in my part of Texas, but in other states, snow is something that you have to deal with on a daily basis. I would hate to have to shovel snow out of my driveway each day before I could back the car out and go about my business. If you had to do that shoveling with a shovel by hand, it would double suck.
Sinclair is best known for the classic ZX81 microcomputer, the barmy C5 mobility scooter, and the rucksack-friendly A-Bike, but British inventor Clive Sinclair isn't done yet. His latest urban transport idea is the Sinclair X-1, a £595 ($968) battery-powered (but pedal-assisted) buggy with a large acrylic bubble.
We wouldn't normally talk about insurance companies here on SlashGear, but ilovemybike must've known they'd be appealing to geeks when they put together their BOND bicycle prototype. According to ETA it's intended to answer the three main criticisms of urban bikers, hence there's a flamethrower in the handlebars for cars that get too close, caterpillar tracks at the back for dealing with potholes, and an ejector seat for disposing of bike thieves.
A bike concept that folds to a quarter of its original size might interest some of you thanks to that feature alone. When you wrap that ability to fold to a much smaller size, with an electrical assist motor for hill climbing even more geeks get excited.
While there are other bike concepts out there that may seem more out of the ordinary than others, we would like to put on the table that this one takes the cake. And to be honest, we're not even exactly sure if "scooter," or "bike" are the right names for this thing. Though, we will say that it looks like a lot of fun. Especially from the concept images.
There are some things that I would spend big money on, assuming I actually had big money. I would spend lots of loot on a cool car and a big house packed with tech for everything. I wouldn’t spend big money on a bicycle though.
This has been the week of cool bike concepts. Earlier this week I talked a bit about the cool carbon fiber electric bike. Today I ran across a really cool bike concept aimed at kids from 10 to 15 years old, though I can't see why older folks who like cool design couldn’t ride it too.
Cycling workouts are difficult to actually execute when you’re living in a highly urbanized area like downtown New York or Los Angeles, or on those dark, rainy days. For those who don’t feel like falling to the stationary bike as a last resort, there are these remarkable DIY-able free motion bicycle rollers.
Analog Devices has worked together with leading bike-maker Cannondale to integrate an iMEMS accelerometer into Cannondale’s revolutionary Simon electronic front-suspension system. The programmable suspension system uses an ADI single-axis iMEMS accelerometer to monitor the terrain at 2-ms intervals, and this data is processed by the Simon system to access more than 10,000 terrain-response maps to provide optimal bicycle suspension control. Dissimilar from previous mountain bike front suspension technologies, which relied on mechanical devices with slower response times, the Simon front suspension system incorporates ADI’s accelerometers for real-time response, which allows riders to instantly adapt to dynamically shifting trail conditions.