When it comes to inflating bike tires on the road, there are two
options: a compact hand pump that requires some exertion, or a
single-use CO2 cartridge. New York-based DesignAir Innovations, however,
has created another one. It's called RideAir, and it's refillable
portable compressed air pump.
If there are a lot of good ol' boys where you live, then you're likely
familiar with Truck Nuts – rubber testicles that are hung from a
pickup truck's trailer hitch. Well, a couple of Toronto-based designers
have come up with something similar for bicycles. Known as Bike Balls,
they actually serve as a tail light that catches motorists' attention by
swinging merrily back and forth.
Bicycle commuters who regularly ride at night would no doubt appreciate
having lights that could be left on their bike all the time, with little
chance of them getting stolen. That's why Fortified Bicycle Alliance
first introduced its Defender
headlight, which can only be removed using a specialized tool. Putting
out just 50 lumens, though, it's certainly more of a "be seen" than a
"see the road" light. That's why Fortified more recently introduced its
considerably brighter Aviator headlight and Afterburner tail light. We gave them a try, to see how they stand up to real-world use.
Pain in areas such as the neck, butt and knees cause many cyclists to
switch to recumbents. A lot of other people shy away from the low-slung
bikes and trikes, however, as they have concerns about visibility.
That's why Australian manufacturer Hiele has created the Trivek. It's a
semi-recumbent delta tricycle that lets its rider sit back in a comfy
seat while still sitting tall enough to be seen by motorists.
Cargo cycles tend to look much more visually interesting than traditional bikes and trikes – designs like the Velove Armadillo
are all but guaranteed to turn heads on the street. Even within a
segment of such new and unusual designs, the Boxer Rocket stands out
with bold, stylish looks. Inspired by both fictional and real-life
aircraft from decades way past, the new bicycle carries passengers in an