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.
If you're going to ask someone to design a bike, you may as well make it an Olympic medal winner. Chris Boardman has put pen to paper and come up with this concept for his Boardman Bikes brand, an "intelligent" cycle that not only keeps track of your calorie count but has fingerprint recognition for a biometric lock, integrated mediaplayer and a solar-powered motor for giving you a push when faced with hills.
I really do envy all of those people out there brave enough to ride in the bicycle lanes that close to traffic. All it would take is one distracted driver to clip you and end your cycling days. Sometimes having a red blinker and other various lights just doesn’t seem to catch their eye.
Schwinn has announced a new Pedal Assisted Bike that, as the name applies, assists the user with pedaling. This in turn takes half of the effort that you would normally put into pedaling a bike up a hill. ShashGear had a few moments to test drive these bikes and now I feel I must have one.
The past few months have really seen a lot of new ways to help the world go green if only to save money at the pumps. One way that people are making the attempt is by walking or riding a bike to work. Not all of us are in the best shape to ride a bike to work, especially if you live in a place with several hills such as San Francisco.
A lot of bike riders like to listen to music while cycling but there is an inherent danger with plugging in earphones and shutting yourself out from the surrounding world. But the Cy.Fy wireless speaker system lets you ride and listen to tunes without the risk of an accident.