There's a certain irony to most e-bikes. Their motors and batteries make
them easier to pedal, yet those same components also make them much
heavier than regular bikes – weights of 50 to 60 lb (23 to 27 kg) aren't
uncommon. Additionally, some "bike snobs" think they're kind of
dorky-looking. E-bike enthusiast Troy Rank and his team, however, have
set out to address the weight and appearance issues. His Maxwell EP0
looks almost entirely like a regular steel-framed flat-bar road bike,
and it's claimed to weigh as little as 25 lb (11 kg) depending on the
It's now pretty common for people to use an actioncam to record their
bicycle trips. Some people even wear one, with another mounted somewhere
on their bike. What isn't so common, however, is to see someone cycling
with up to nine cameras going at once. That's just what
Emmy-award winning producer Rich Collier does on a regular basis,
however, in the production of his Roll Play TV quiz show.
The Morgan Threewheeler
is definitely a unique vehicle, although with prices starting just shy
of £30,000 (about US$47,000) ... well, it ain't cheap. That said, if
it's mainly just the look of the thing that you like, you might
consider saving quite a few bucks and going with the human/electric
hybrid replica now being offered by Minsk-based Ekomobil.
Electric bikes may help you climb hills, fight headwinds and arrive at
work in a non-sweaty state, but they still won't keep you dry when it
rains. That's one of the reasons that some people – mostly deep-pocketed
people – are looking at human/electric hybrid velomobiles. One of the latest such vehicles to hit the road is Virginia-based inventor Peter Ginzburg's GinzVelo.
A lot of cyclists like to take their bike with them when traveling by
air, or they'll rent one upon reaching their destination. That said,
they may still need a way of transporting it once they get there. Using a
or renting a large vehicle are a couple of solutions, but Allen Sports
has now announced another – the AL01, which is billed as being the
world's smallest folding bike rack.
Built for road-tripping cyclists, bicycle commuters and anyone that might be worried about having to hitchhike home with a broken chain, the TrunkMonkey represents an easier, more portable style of bicycle rack. Its designers call it the first portable, inflatable, universal bike carrier in the world. When not in use, it rolls up like a camping mattress, making it a ready travel companion.
Kids' bikes are learning to grow as quickly as children. Designs like the Grow bike and B'kid expand in size to keep up with the fast-growing tyke, and the Wishbone bike keeps right on growing from pedal-free balance bike to pedal bike. The new Leg&Go bike does all that and even transforms to keep the ride going indoors and out in the snow.
Although suspension forks and rear shocks have certainly revolutionized
the field of mountain biking, many riders still don't know how to set
them up properly. This means that parameters such as preload, rebound
and compression tend to get left at their factory settings, resulting in
sub-optimal performance. That's why Australian startup Dusty Dynamics
has created the ShockWiz – it's an app-assisted device that advises
users on tuning their air-sprung suspension systems.
Tubeless mountain bike tires definitely have their good points, such as
lower weight, less flats and decreased rolling resistance. In order to
seat the things securely on the rim, however, it's often necessary to
use a compressor or a CO2 cartridge to deliver a high-pressure shot of
air. That said, there's now another option, in the form of the Airshot.
While most cyclists like to think that they're pretty good at spotting
road hazards such as potholes and sewer grates, the fact is that no one
can watch the asphalt all the time. Inevitably, things like
smartphone navigation screens, motorists or traffic lights are going to
distract them. That's why Byxee was created. It's a bar-mounted device
that scans the road in front of the bike hundreds of times per second,
alerting the rider to anything that might wreck their wheels or even
cause them to crash.