If you don't like cycling alone on a trainer all winter, you might be interested in Zwift
. Both of these systems let indoor cyclists "virtually" ride on animated roads or trails, along with other cyclists who join them via the internet and appear as avatars. Perhaps, however, that computer-generated scenery just isn't cutting it for you. In that case, VeloReality’s VRide Multi may be more to your liking. It's similar to those other multi-player systems, but it uses actual HD first-person video shot on various scenic roads around the world.
There are all sorts of high-tech locks
designed to make your bike harder to steal, but what happens if it gets taken anyway? If it's equipped with a BTrack Safe Light, you'll know when it's been nabbed, and you'll then be able to track its location via GPS. And because it's a tail light, it'll also make you more visible to motorists.
There are plenty of systems that let you mount your smartphone on your bike's handlebars, but do you really want all those road vibrations going straight into your phone? While most bar-mount phone cases do
have a thin layer of silicone inside them, Juin Tech's AB-1 suspension mount goes a lot farther – it utilizes an actual coil spring shock absorber to isolate phones, lights, GPS units or other devices from the shakes.
Now that much of the Northern Hemisphere is well within the icy clutches of winter, many mountain bikers have turned to riding indoors on rollers or trainers. While that may help them to keep fit, it's still far
less fun or interesting than riding outdoors on actual trails. Norwegian startup Activetainment hopes to close that gap a little, however, with its interactive ebove B/01 bike. The trainer moves beneath the rider and becomes easier or more difficult to pedal, in response to the terrain of animated trails on an accompanying tablet.
Even when a crowdfunding project doesn't meet its financial goal, it can still turn out to be a success. A case in point is iKubu Ltd's Backtracker
, a car-detecting low-power radar system for bicycles. Although the South African startup's fund-raising campaign on Dragon Innovation didn't work out, electronics giant Garmin has now bought the company.
Five years ago, we heard about a bicycle that doubles as a beer bar
. Clever though that may be, sometimes people need a jolt more than a buzz. Well, that's where Wheelys 2 comes in. It's an electric cargo trike that also happens to be a powered mobile coffee shop.
We've already seen both complete bicycles
and aftermarket handlebars
that provide cyclists with navigational cues. Now, Boréal Bikes is reducing things further still, with a set of handlebar grips
that serve the same purpose. The company's smrtGRiPS can be added to an existing flat handlebar, from which point they will proceed to tell the cyclist where to go.
There are already bicycle locks
that alert users when their untended bike is moved, along with tracking devices
that let users know where to find their bike once it's been stolen. Paris-based Connected Cycle is now offering those same functions and others, in its smart pedal.
Locks are a necessity for keeping your bike secure between rides, but they can be a pain to carry around. U-locks are an awkward shape, wire locks can get tangled and thick chains can be very heavy. The Mighty Click is designed to provide both security and ease of portability.
If a new crowdfunding campaign is successful, yet another "smart bike
" will soon be available to consumers. Called the BiCi, it was designed by a team from Shanghai-based AOAO Studio after a four-month period of focusing on "what the perfect bike should be." The end result certainly looks unique, if nothing else.