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Bicycles

Gizmag tries out the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

Last September, we heard about a new cycling multitool known as Fix it Sticks. A successful Kickstarter project, it consists of two aluminum "sticks" that can be joined together to form a T wrench, with a different type of bit permanently attached to each end. At the time, several readers complained that the bits should be interchangeable. Well, those people will be happy to learn that the designer has now come out with the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition. We got to try one out, and can attest to the fact that it's a gooder.  Read More

The Darwin prototype on display

When you want to climb or sprint on your bike, what do you do? That's right, you get your butt off the saddle and shift your weight forward. According to Tampa-based inventor Felton Zimmerman, however, going off-saddle like that hampers your performance. His solution? The Darwin Bicycle. It features a folding frame that automatically moves the saddle forward with you, so you're always seated.  Read More

The DURT mountain bike from Connor Wood Bicycles

Wooden-framed bikes are things of undeniable beauty, but they're also highly prized for their smooth ride capabilities. At the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Chris Connor of Denver-based Connor Wood Bicycles introduced us to a new mountain bike named DURT, that's had sections of the steam-bent, locally-sourced reclaimed wooden frame reinforced with Kevlar for a gorgeous combination of strength, beauty and performance.  Read More

A close view of Cycle Monkey's wacky dual-chained drive train

Of all the things that cause wear, tear and noise on a mountain bike, chain slap is certainly one of the most annoying. As its name implies, it occurs when rough terrain causes the chain to be flung up and down, slapping against the chainstay as it does so. While there are things that can be done to minimize it, California-based Cycle Monkey has taken a unique approach – the company has helped to design the one-of-a-kind Battleaxe mountain bike, that features a unique chain slap-unfriendly drive train.  Read More

The Sinewave Reactor's USB port replaces the bike's stem cap

While companies such as Dahon and Nokia already offer products that let you charge your phone with power generated while cycling, both systems do somewhat clutter up the handlebars and stem. Sinewave Cycles' new Reactor, however, is mostly integrated into the bike's existing steerer tube, keeping external hardware to a minimum.  Read More

One of the two Calfee convertibles, in its tandem configuration

Tandem bicycles are great for allowing couples or friends to ride together, but they're not exactly conducive to riding by yourself. While you could just buy a tandem and a solo bike, one couple recently took a different approach – they got California-based Calfee Design to build them a tandem that can be converted into a single.  Read More

With Shelfie, US-based inventor Jurgen Beneke aims to cater to the many reasons people mig...

There are various reasons why people might want to mount bikes on their walls, whether its for maintenance, to showcase a treasured racer or purely to save space. US-based inventor Jurgen Beneke aims to cater to all types with Shelfie.  Read More

The Allo holds the phone and plays the tunes

We've seen plenty of smartphone mounts for bikes, along with a lot of handlebar-mounted speakers. The Allo speaker/case, however, is claimed to be the first device to combine the two in one unit.  Read More

The Odyssey electric trike from Milwaukee-based inventors Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass

The top motor-only speed of an electric bike can be limited by law to 20 mph (32 km/h), but those taking their rides off-road or to the streets of more lenient jurisdictions may push their vehicles that little bit further. Looking to allow even more scope for performance are Milwaukee-based inventors Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, whose Odyssey electric trike, fitted with a 4 kW motor, can reach speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h).  Read More

The KEB City has a step-through frame, rear-mounted battery, 28-inch wheels and mud-flaps

South Korean automotive manufacturer Kia looks set to return to its bicycle-manufacturing roots with the showing of two prototype electric bikes at the Geneva Motor Show. Already given a brand name – Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) – both prototypes are of the "pedelec" variety, meaning they can be pedaled and powered electrically, with one a city and the other a mountain bike.  Read More

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