Even if motorized bicycles turn you off, perhaps you still appreciate
some of the electronic bells and whistles that are included on many
e-bikes. If that's the case, then a "smart bike"
might be more to your liking. One of the latest to catch our eye is the
Cotlo Corvus, which features a car-detecting rear radar system and a
built-in OLED display. We came across a prototype at Interbike 2015, and
got the goods.
Scooters and folding bikes are both becoming popular forms of
"last-mile" transportation – riders can carry them aboard buses or
trains, then ride them the last few blocks between transit stops and
home or work. It's important that they be compact, however ... and
Seattle Cycles' all-titanium Burke 8 is definitely on the small side.
Aboard an enclosed recumbent bicycle in Nevada today, Canadian Todd Reichart has claimed the world record for human powered speed. The annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge draws cyclists from around the world seeking to push the limits of pedal-powered motion, but it was the 33-year-old who left the competition in his wake to clock a top speed of 85.71 mph (137.9 km/h).
Smarter smartphones, bike computers and fitness trackers have come to offer a wealth of information to cyclists on their performance, but they still invariably draw focus away from the road. At Interbike 2015, electronics company Kopin was showing eyewear aimed at placing ride data in a more convenient place, directly in the cyclist's field of vision. The Solos smart glasses pull metrics such as heart rate and average speed from connected devices to offer real-time feedback on cycling performance.
Some people find it a hassle to ride around with a bicycle lock, which is why firms like Interlock offer products such as a seatpost that doubles up as a bike lock. Its latest offering, the Denny Handlebar Lock, is a handlebar that pulls apart to function as a U-lock.
If you’re at all familiar with e-bikes, then you’ve probably at least heard of the Mando Footloose. Besides simply looking unique, it distinguishes itself by having neither a chain nor a belt drive. Until now, however, all the models featured relatively small 20-inch wheels – not the greatest thing for surviving potholes, or maintaining speed. That’s about to change, as Mando has unveiled its soon-to-be-released 26-inch-wheeled Footloose.
Cargo bikes can be great for hauling around large, awkward objects, but by their very nature the vehicles themselves aren't all that portable. These lengthy, cumbersome two-wheelers have mostly been beyond the help of the folding mechanisms that bend their smaller counterparts into car trunks and subway carriages. But we are beginning to see efforts to make the big boys of the bicycle family a little more commuter friendly. Among those is the Cargo Node, designed to tow up to a hefty 350 lb (159 kg) and fold down into something more compact in just 10 seconds.
Visibility is a crucial part of cyclist safety, but it's also important that their turning intentions are relayed to other road users. Hand signals were the only option in this area for a long time, but in recent years we've seen technology, such as the Zackees cycling gloves, designed to improve the visibility of turn signals at night. The Lumenus jacket on display at Interbike takes a similar approach, but goes a step further by letting cyclists be guided by the light.
If you want a fatbike that’ll get you noticed, the Rungu Juggernaut is a hard one to beat. Actually a fat trike that was originally designed to carry surfboards across loose sand, it’s presumably not always the easiest thing to pedal – particularly on loose terrain. That’s why its California-based designers have now come out with an electric version, which we spied at Interbike 2015.
In 2013, the company responsible for the 1,088 hp Rimac Concept One all-electric supercar rolled out an electric vehicle of the two-wheeled variety in the form of the Greyp G12. At Salon Privé 2015 earlier this month, Croatia-based Greyp Bikes premiered its successor, the Greyp G12S, which retains many of the innovative features of the G12, but boasts a more powerful battery pack, new suspension and revised geometry.