Self-driving technology isn't solely the domain of cars and trucks – bikes are getting in on the act too. We spied the latest example at Eurobike in Germany, where CoModule showed a smartphone-controlled, three-wheeled e-bike prototype. The concept is designed to stimulate a conversation about the sorts of practical applications this technology could find in the real-world.
Cyclists who ride in the rain typically stay dry by wearing
waterproof-yet-breathable jackets and pants. According to Vancouver,
Washington-based engineer Jay Small, however, waterproof cycling gloves
have a harder time keeping out the rain while also letting the sweat
escape. His solution? Use regular dry-weather gloves, and his DriBarz
SRAM has joined the peleton of bicycle manufacturers offering up electronic shifting for high-end roadbikes. The SRAM Red eTap is a wireless shifting system that promises precise, simple shifting like that offered by electric systems from Shimano and Campagnolo.
There's a trick campers use, where they shine a flashlight down into a
water bottle to create a lantern. Well, Italian cycling goods
manufacturer Elite uses that same principle in its new Candea bottle –
LEDs in the bottom illuminate the bottle above,
making night-time cyclists a bit more visible.
When most of us think of a cycling multi-tool, we picture something that
goes in a jersey pocket or saddle pack. Seoul-based company Leeman,
however, is looking at things a little differently. Its Kickstand Pump
mounts on the bike, and serves not only as a kickstand and pump, but
also a tire lever and tail light.
We've already seen a few bicycles – such as the Varibike and Raxibo Hand-Tret-Velo – that are intended to provide riders with more exercise and more power output by having them pedal with their legs and arms. Germany's Ruder-Rad, however, believes that a two-wheeler is too unstable a platform for that kind of four-limbed locomotion. That's why it's introducing the recumbent Ruder Trike.
Dropper seat posts are becoming increasingly common on mountain bikes – among other things, they allow the rider to drop the saddle down out of the way when they’re adjusting their riding position on steep descents, but then pop it back up again afterwards. They do, however, require yet one more cable to strung along (or inside of) the frame. At this year’s Eurobike show in Germany, Magura has presented an alternative – the Vyron eLECT, which is the world’s first commercially-available wireless dropper seat post.
Hand numbness is a very common complaint among cyclists, and one of its major causes is road vibrations being carried up into the handlebars. Over the years, various companies have attempted to address the problem via suspension handlebar stems that incorporate coil springs, air-sprung shocks, or elastomers – and they’ve all looked a little "unusual." The ShockStop is the latest take on an elastomer-based suspension stem, but it looks completely normal.
For the savvy cyclist, "smart bikes" tend to offer useful elements that enhance rides for fun, commuting, or sport. Unfortunately, not everyone can justify the steep costs involved, especially when there may be a perfectly good "normal" bicycle at home. Thankfully, upgrades exist to help turn standard bicycles into smart ones. One of the latest, the SmartHalo, provides smart and safe directions in what is described as a durable, minimalist design.
Here’s how lubing your bicycle chain works: you lube the whole thing all at once, then you don’t lube it again until it dries out or needs to be cleaned … right? Well, the designers at Glasgow-based Scottoiler have what they think is a better idea. Their Cycle S1 is a device that continually dispenses lube onto the chain at regular intervals, as you’re riding.