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Nike partners with Portland to expand bike sharing program

Nike partners with Portland to expand bike sharing program

Nike has announced a new partnership with Portland to expand its planned bicycle sharing program. Called Biketown and first announced last year, the bike sharing program will provide residents in the City of Portland with access to bicycles; with Nike’s new partnership under it, Biketown will receive $10 million over the next half decade. The partnership will also increase the number of planned Biketown bikes from 600 to 1000.

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Garmin Varia Vision is a headset display for cyclists

Garmin Varia Vision is a headset display for cyclists

Garmin's flagship product showing at CES 2016 is the new Varia Vision headset, a Google Glass-like display that can attach to any sunglasses to help keep cyclists safe and informed while keeping their eyes on the road. The device can be worn on either side of the head, and places a small heads-up display on the edge of the wearer's field of view, displaying things like smartphone notifications, navigation data, cycling performance, and even warnings about cars approaching from behind.

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London Santander Cycles to get Blaze Laserlights

London Santander Cycles to get Blaze Laserlights

Unless you live in London, you might not have a clue what a Santander Cycle is. These are bicycles that people needing to get around the city can rent from kiosks and pedal to their destination where they can be turned in at another kiosk. This week London Mayor Boris Johnson MP, TfL, and Santander UK have announced that all 11,500 Santander Cycles will be fitted with Blaze Laserlights.

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PumpTube inflates itself as you ride your bike

PumpTube inflates itself as you ride your bike

Avid bicyclists know that keeping tires inflated can be a chore if you have a slow leak. Ride to work in the morning and your tire might be fine and then it's flat when you are ready to ride home in the evening. An inventor called Benjamin Krempel has invented an intertube called the PumpTube that inflates itself as you ride.

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Global bicycle ownership rates see big downturn

Global bicycle ownership rates see big downturn

According to new research, the number of households that own a bicycle is decreasing drastically across the globe, with 148 countries showing an average decline of 50% over a few decades. This comes at a time when climate change concerns and sustainability efforts are at an all time high; cycling is one of the most sustainable forms of transportation, but one that many people far and wide are turning away from. A total of 1.25 billion households were looked at over the course of the study, and ownership was split into four groups.

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Stowaway stores your bicycle overhead

Stowaway stores your bicycle overhead

City life all but guarantees you have a bicycle at home, and that bicycle probably takes up a lot of room, relatively speaking. Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a balcony for storage, stowing the bicycle when not in use means taking up precious space that would be better used elsewhere. Enter Stowaway, a bike storage system that stores the bicycle overhead without hassle.

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World’s longest bike is 117-feet long

World’s longest bike is 117-feet long

If you have never spent time looking at the Guinness Book of World Records, trust me that there are records in there for things you have never even thought of. One good example of a record for something you never knew existed is this incredibly long bike that now holds the record for world's longest bicycle.

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Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Hummingbird folding bicycle is ultra-light at 14lbs

Folding bicycles are designed to be compact, and that's usually so they can be toted onto a train or bus as well as being stored in tight spaces. For this reason, folding bikes usually need to be as light as they are compact, but achieving a light weight can be difficult without sacrificing usability. Enter Hummingbird, a new folding bike that packs many features, as well as a very light 6.5kg/14lbs weight.

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Grasp Lock uses biometrics to unlock your bike

Grasp Lock uses biometrics to unlock your bike

Bicycles, convenient as they are, are vulnerable to theft, and no sane person would leave one parked somewhere sans a bike lock. Not all bike locks are created equal, of course, but most of them have one thing in common: inconvenience. Depending on the lock, securing and unlocking your bike can be cumbersome, an issue eliminated by “Grasp”, the team behind the Grasp Lock.

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Give your bike a real headlight & turn signals with these LEDs

Give your bike a real headlight & turn signals with these LEDs

Products that attach LED lights to bicycle wheels for improved visibility are nothing new, but the latest version from Revolights drastically improves on previous designs, not only with turn signals and better battery usage, but integration with a mobile app. Revolights has just launched an Indiegogo campaign for their newest set, called Eclipse and Eclipse+, which still work by creating two arcs of light as the LEDs pass through specific positions during wheel rotations.

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Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Brake troubles lead to 1.3 million bicycle recall in US

Most recalls concern automobiles, but bicycles can suffer the same fate if faulty parts or construction is found. Such is the case concerning about 1.3 million bikes in the United States, which are being recalled due to a problem related to the front brakes. The recall was detailed yesterday, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission stating the affected bicycles are from 13 manufacturers. In addition, a smaller number of affected bikes are located in Mexico and Canada.

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Cotlo Corvus smart bike uses radar to detect approaching cars

Cotlo Corvus smart bike uses radar to detect approaching cars

At Interbike 2015 this month, Costelo showed off a prototype of the Corvus smart bike by Cotlo, a bicycle that features a rear radar system for detecting approaching vehicles. This gives cyclists a little bit of the safety technology that has been enjoyed by drivers for a while now, and will potentially help decrease the number of vehicle-related cycling accidents.

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