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‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

If there’s one thing that can be universally agreed in geekdom, it’s that the bike from Akira is pretty damn cool. There have been various real life replicas of the bike built across the years, but only one has been officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. It was built by Shinji Tejima at the Showa Studio repair shop, taking him seven years, and at an overall cost of ¥10 million (~$121,310).

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Gotham Bicycle Defense Defender creates thief-proof bike light

Gotham Bicycle Defense Defender creates thief-proof bike light

City cyclist rejoice, there's a brand new lamp in town - one made with six high-powered LED bulbs, an aluminum body, and a construction that'll make it impossible to be stolen by thieves. The idea for this light came from its developer's colleague getting hit by a car at night after his lamp had been stolen. The developers of The Defender are former MIT students Slava Menn and Brad Geswein saw the problem and surveyed over 100 bikers around NYC, over a third of them confirming that yes, they'd had a bike light stolen at some point or another. From there, these two fellows created a business called Gotham Bicycle Defense.

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Samsung custom bike wants to take your Tab 10.1 tandem

Samsung custom bike wants to take your Tab 10.1 tandem

Samsung has collaborated with bicycle specialists 14 Bike Co to create a customized road bike complete with a holder for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The tablet holder itself is made from the same carbon fiber as used in F1 cars, 14 Bike Co claims, while the bike itself uses a steel frame and has a two-tone black and white paintjob.

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Ben Heck builds bicycle safety sensor

Ben Heck builds bicycle safety sensor

Ben Heck made his name crafting some really cool game consoles that were packed into portable from factors. Since his show kicked off on element 14, Heck has created some stuff that we are used to seeing from him like portable Xboxs, but he has also branched out into some odd projects like the automatic hand sanitizer dispenser. Heck's latest DIY creating is out of the realm of what he is famous for.

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PumpTire keeps inflated all by itself

PumpTire keeps inflated all by itself

Both of my kids have bikes that they ride regularly. The problem is if either of them goes a day or so without riding the bikes the tires are flat. For some reason the bike pump is a very elusive item at my house so getting tires filled up is a pain for me. A new design concept is up to get funding on Kickstarter looking to bring new tires for bikes to market called the PumpTire. These tires will never need to be pumped according to the designers.

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Garmin Vector and Edge 200 target cyclists rich and poor [Video]

Garmin Vector and Edge 200 target cyclists rich and poor [Video]

Garmin has launched a pair of new tracking gadgets targeted at cyclists, with the Edge 200 Cycling GPS offering to track your progress on a budget, while the Garmin Vector promises to be the lightest direct measurement power meter on the market. The Edge 200 demands no separate sensors but can still count calories burned, speed, distance and time along with location, and comes wrapped up in a weatherproof housing. However, pro-cyclists will probably get a lot more fun out of the Vector, which measures deflection in the pedal spindle to figure out total power, left and right leg power, and cadence.

 

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INgSOC Hybrid bike has no chain, looks painful

INgSOC Hybrid bike has no chain, looks painful

If Bumblebee was ever in a pinch and needed to turn into a bicycle to hide from the Decipticons, the INgSOC is the bike he would turn into. This thing looks like it might cut your rear end off if you sit on it. The bike uses no chain and has three modes of operation. The bike has battery-power mode, battery assist mode, and battery charge mode.

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Epitaph bike looks like Orville and Wilbur made it

Epitaph bike looks like Orville and Wilbur made it

The last crazy looking bike I talked about was that wooden bike made out of black walnut wood. It was a work of art as much as a method of transport. Another new bike has turned up that looks very old school. It looks like something that the Wright brothers might have torn the wheels off to make their first airplane. The bike is called the Epitaph Cruiser.

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Beautiful wooden bike made from black American walnut costs $6,000

Beautiful wooden bike made from black American walnut costs $6,000

If you like to ride bicycles for fun and have a taste for it odds are you have a very nice bike, not something you bought down at Walmart. If you are a well to do cyclist you might want something that is very different from any one riding in your group. You might find this bike with a frame made from black walnut wood appealing.

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Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Chris Malloy of Australia has developed a hoverbike that looks strikingly familiar. This is the first generation prototype that has some definite similarities to the science fiction floating cycles seen in the Lucas film. It is not currently in production, but Chris hopes to bring them to market in about a year. The bike is classified as an ultralite, so there is currently no need of a pilot’s license to operate one.

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YikeBike now comes in cheaper alloy version

YikeBike now comes in cheaper alloy version

In many large cities, a number of people choose to ride bikes rather than drive or take public transportation. There are many reasons for this from not having to sit next to weirdo riders to exercise. For the people that need a little help on their ride to keep from getting too tired there are a number of bikes on the market that are electric to give a little boost for longer rides. Late last year we talked about one of those new electric bikes called the YikeBike.

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Cufflinks look like a bike sprocket and pedal

Cufflinks look like a bike sprocket and pedal

Cufflinks aren't something I really have a use for. As dressed up as I get is khakis and a shirt with three buttons and a collar. I certainly don’t dress up enough to need cufflinks. If you are the cufflink wearing sort, there are a number of geek offerings on the market that will let you look all fancy, but still shout to anyone that looks closely that you are a geek. One of the geekier sets that we have talked about were those USB flash drive cufflinks this time last year.

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