Highlights from Interbike 2014

Bicycles

The passenger-packin' Yuba elMundo

It seems to be a forgone conclusion that if you're going to make a bicycle built for two, then both riders will be pedaling. If that bike has an electric motor to help with the extra weight, however, then perhaps just one rider will be able to move the thing along nicely. That's the thinking behind the Yuba elMundo – it's an electric cargo bike that specializes in hauling humans.  Read More

The 'smart' Skylock reportedly only requires one hour of sunlight per week to remain opera...

Last October we told you about the Bitlock, a smartphone-paired bicycle lock that lets users locate their bike on a map, lend it to other people, and unlock it simply by walking up to it. Well, Velo Labs' just-announced Skylock does all those same things – plus it has a solar-powered battery that "never" needs to be plugged in to charge, and it checks if you're OK when you crash.  Read More

The M1 Secede at the Charged Up electric bike event

Late last week, we got the chance to try out some brand new e-bikes at the first-ever Charged Up electric bike media event. Presented by the folks who run the Interbike and Outdoor Retailer trade shows, it was held at the swanky Crystal Springs Resort in the rolling hills of northern New Jersey. Among the models that were on display, the Secede urban trekking bike offers a particularly interesting feature – it breaks into two pieces for easier transport and storage.  Read More

The Clug is designed to make bicycle storage easier

When it comes to storing bicycles vertically, a wall-mounted hook that grabs the front wheel rim is what's usually used (although there are exceptions). It's effective but perhaps not always that attractive, plus it presents a head-banging hazard. The Clug offers a lower-profile, more interior designer-friendly alternative.  Read More

The Stemlock makes your handlebars temporarily useless

Whether it's bicycles, cars or houses, if thieves really want to get past the lock on something, they can. The trick is to simply not make it worth their while to do so, by adding extra hassles. The Stemlock is just such a hassle. It internally disconnects a bike's handlebar stem from its fork, making it impossible for a thief to steer.  Read More

SoftWheel's Fluent wheel replaces spokes with shocks

After breaking his pelvis six years ago, Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf invented a new suspension system for wheelchairs that incorporates shock absorbers into the wheels. He's now a board member of SoftWheel, a Tel Aviv-based company that refined his creation into a product known as the Acrobat wheel. Although the Acrobat was unveiled in 2012, this year SoftWheel announced something new – a bicycle wheel that uses the same technology, known as the Fluent wheel.  Read More

The Synchrobox has an integrated front derailleur, and mounts at the bottom of the seat tu...

Judging by the increasing popularity of 1x11 drivetrains and hub transmissions, a lot of cyclists are evidently getting tired of shifting between multiple chainrings. Indeed, it can get confusing trying to figure out if your gearing needs are best met by shifting to a bigger ring in front, a smaller sprocket in back, or what. IXOW's new Synchrobox is designed to address that conundrum – it uses one shifter to automatically adjust both derailleurs, in order to attain the rider's desired gear ratio.  Read More

The Sada Bike folds down small, but has full-size wheels

While we've already seen folding bicycles that pack down into a pretty tiny package, such small-folding bikes usually have at least one limiting factor – puny wheels that limit speed and road-worthiness, not to mention aesthetics. The Sada Bike, however, features full-size 26-inch hubless wheels, yet is about the size of an umbrella when folded.  Read More

With the Valour, Vanhawks is looking to combine connectivity of the digital age with the c...

A connected bike with no trace of an electric motor is something of a rarity amid a trend of high-tech two-wheelers. Looking to integrate modern-day connectivity while retaining the century-old tradition of pure pedal-powered motion is the team behind the Vanhawks Valour, a sensor-laden smart bike designed with safety in mind.  Read More

The creators of Cylo see it as the ultimate urban bicycle, as it brings together a range o...

Cylo is a brand of urban bicycle that's completely new to the market, and its creators are so confident they've brought together the right mix of ingredients that they're claiming Cylo is the "ultimate urban bicycle."  Read More

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