bikes

Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin has launched its latest health tracker, the Garmin Vector, this time targeting cyclists wanting to record their power output. Fitted, the manufacturer claims, in minutes to a bike's pedals, the ANT+ compatible power meter can track individual power output from each leg, squirting data to a Garmin Edge head unit and, from there, into the web-based Garmin Connect user profile.

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FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

All of the cool tech that you can get for your bike can add a lot of new functionality to the way you exercise, including cadence sensors, and bike computers that tell you your speed and distances. However, all of this technology has never really been implemented into the bike seamlessly, but that's where a company called FACTOR is looking to change that.

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Google Maps brings bike directions to more European countries

Google Maps brings bike directions to more European countries

Google has added bike directions to a number of European countries today, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. You'll be able to get biking directions based on bike-safe roads and trails in these areas, and Google Maps will also show you bike trails and bike lane-equipped roads that you can explore right in Google Maps itself.

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Voltitude folding electric bike packs Swiss style [Video]

Voltitude folding electric bike packs Swiss style [Video]

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.

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DIY pedal-powered snowplow

DIY pedal-powered snowplow

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.

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Sinclair X-1 electric bike channels classic C5

Sinclair X-1 electric bike channels classic C5

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.

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BOND bike packs flamethrower, tank track & ejector seat [Video]

BOND bike packs flamethrower, tank track & ejector seat [Video]

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.

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Bike concept folds to a quarter of its original size and has battery power

Bike concept folds to a quarter of its original size and has battery power

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.

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Soopa Scoota is a Bike for Daredevils

Soopa Scoota is a Bike for Daredevils

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.

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M55 EVO-001 electric bike is hand built and too expensive for you

M55 EVO-001 electric bike is hand built and too expensive for you

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.

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Bike concept for 10 to 15-year-olds is coolest bike ever

Bike concept for 10 to 15-year-olds is coolest bike ever

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.

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Free motion stationary cycling, DIYed [Video]

Free motion stationary cycling, DIYed [Video]

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.

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