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Review: Light & Motion Urban Trail 850 FC bike light is compact but packs a wallop

By - July 3, 2015 7 Pictures

Thanks to continuing advances in LED and lithium battery technology, it's now not uncommon to see mountain bike headlights putting out 3,000 lumens or more. Most of these high-intensity lights incorporate two or three bulbs, however, requiring a separate battery pack to power them. With this in mind, we were intrigued when we heard that Light & Motion had declared its self-contained new Urban 850 Trail FC to be "the most powerful single-LED bike light that exists." We gave it a try and liked what it has to offer ... even if its claim may be a little hard to substantiate.

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Garmin's Varia Radar warns cyclists of traffic approaching from the rear

By - July 1, 2015 7 Pictures

Garmin gave hope to many a floundering tech startup's CEO earlier this year when it purchased Ikubu Ltd in the wake of a crowdfunding campaign that came up short. Though the company failed to capture the imagination of the Dragon Innovation crowdfunding community, Garmin liked the cut of Ikubu's jib, so it snapped the company up with a view to bringing its rear-facing bike radar system to market. Now, the electronics giant has unveiled the finished, more polished product dubbed Varia Radar, which also integrates with Garmin's Edge cycle computer.

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Maxwell EP0 might be one of the lightest e-bikes you can buy – if it reaches production

By - June 30, 2015 6 Pictures

There's a certain irony to most e-bikes. Their motors and batteries make them easier to pedal, yet those same components also make them much heavier than regular bikes – weights of 50 to 60 lb (23 to 27 kg) aren't uncommon. Additionally, some "bike snobs" think they're kind of dorky-looking. E-bike enthusiast Troy Rank and his team, however, have set out to address the weight and appearance issues. His Maxwell EP0 looks almost entirely like a regular steel-framed flat-bar road bike, and it's claimed to weigh as little as 25 lb (11 kg) depending on the model.

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Roll Play is a multi-camera quiz show – shot from a bike

By - June 29, 2015 5 Pictures

It's now pretty common for people to use an actioncam to record their bicycle trips. Some people even wear one, with another mounted somewhere on their bike. What isn't so common, however, is to see someone cycling with up to nine cameras going at once. That's just what Emmy-award winning producer Rich Collier does on a regular basis, however, in the production of his Roll Play TV quiz show.

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AL01 bike rack folds small for travel

A lot of cyclists like to take their bike with them when traveling by air, or they'll rent one upon reaching their destination. That said, they may still need a way of transporting it once they get there. Using a folding bike or renting a large vehicle are a couple of solutions, but Allen Sports has now announced another – the AL01, which is billed as being the world's smallest folding bike rack.

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ShockWiz takes the mystery out of setting up mountain bike shocks

By - June 18, 2015 3 Pictures

Although suspension forks and rear shocks have certainly revolutionized the field of mountain biking, many riders still don't know how to set them up properly. This means that parameters such as preload, rebound and compression tend to get left at their factory settings, resulting in sub-optimal performance. That's why Australian startup Dusty Dynamics has created the ShockWiz – it's an app-assisted device that advises users on tuning their air-sprung suspension systems.

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Byxee watches the road when cyclists don't

By - June 15, 2015 3 Pictures

While most cyclists like to think that they're pretty good at spotting road hazards such as potholes and sewer grates, the fact is that no one can watch the asphalt all the time. Inevitably, things like smartphone navigation screens, motorists or traffic lights are going to distract them. That's why Byxee was created. It's a bar-mounted device that scans the road in front of the bike hundreds of times per second, alerting the rider to anything that might wreck their wheels or even cause them to crash.

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