Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Bikes

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

Kolelina is looking to raise US$80,000 through Kickstarter in order to manufacture and sel...

The team behind the bicymple may have simplified the humble bicycle with their minimalist design, but Mihail Klenov and Martin Angelov have gone even further with their aptly-named Halfbike. Aimed at inner-city individuals in need of something to go distances of 5 km (3 mi) or less, they've created a compact three wheeler that ditches the traditional seat and handlebars.  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 North45 scarf has an escape route for your breath and is designed to prevent your gogg...

Canadian-based start-up North45 has developed a cleverly designed two-piece scarf with an integrated magnet that stays fixed to your goggles while providing an escape route for your breath.  Read More

The ShareRoller motor attaches to the mounting bracket above the front wheel of the bike w...

Bike-sharing schemes are commonplace in many urban centers around the globe. Though they offer great convenience for last-mile travel or as an option for inner city commuters, as well as easing the stress on overcrowded roads and public transport systems, to say they involve high performance machines would be a bit of a stretch. ShareRoller is a portable electrical motor designed to build on the practicality of shared bicycle schemes by adding a little power and removing some of the legwork from the mix.  Read More

TroyTec Revolution LR on the street

Revolution speed bikes from Munich's TroyTec bring modular, F1-inspired design to the world of recumbent racing and touring. At the heart of the line lies a carbon monocoque frame that provides the basis for easy transformation between four primary configurations. Riders can pedal up high, down low, and on rigid wheels or full suspension, depending upon the demands of the road immediately ahead.  Read More

Flying Machine's F-One 3D-printed titanium bicycle

It’s only ten days since we wrote about the titanium 3D-printed Empire Cycles MX-6 Evo mountain bike, a one-off machine designed to show what can be done with additive manufacturing. This article however is not about a one-off bicycle, but a bespoke, made to measure titanium bicycle manufacturing process that’s getting underway at Flying Machines in Perth, Australia. Each customer is measured, and the dimensions are then used to calculate the exact geometry required and the titanium parts are printed. It is anticipated that the entire process will enable finished bikes to be delivered inside three weeks, at a cost of US$3150.  Read More

The RFID Bikealarm attaches to a saddle and emits a 120 dB alarm sound when it detects mov...

Very little beats a sturdy U-lock for securing a bike. For when there's nothing available to which you can secure your bike, however, or if you just want a little extra security against anyone tampering with it, designer Dennis Siegel has devised a solution. The RFID Bikealarm attaches to your saddle and emits a 120dB alarm when it senses movement.  Read More

The Vaco12 tech uses bead-filled pods to dissipate impact forces

Hard plastic-coated foam is the traditional recipe for bicycle helmet design, but we've seen designers experimenting with new ways of protecting the rider's noggin. Inflatable and cardboard helmets are just two recent examples, but German company Rockwell has another idea: bean bags.  Read More

Volvo and POC plan to reveal details of a new car-to-cyclist communications system later t...

Volvo has announced a partnership with fellow Swedish company POC, which specializes in helmets and other protective sports gear. The two partners will leverage their respective safety design experience toward developing new concepts in transportation safety. The first order of business is a car-to-cyclist communication system designed to increase cooperation between two- and four-wheelers.  Read More

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