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Review: Electron Wheel makes your bike easier to pedal, but harder to lift

It wasn't long ago that we tried out the FlyKly Smart Wheel, a motorized rear bicycle wheel that instantly turns a regular bike into an e-bike. Given that it goes in the back, however, it's a little tricky to put on and take off, plus it leaves you stuck with just one gear. Belon Engineering's new Electron Wheel avoids those problems, by replacing the bike's existing front wheel. We recently got to try out an advance demo unit, and it works just as advertised ... although it's a bit of a monster.Read More

DriBarz are windshields for cyclists' hands

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 handlebar fairing.Read More

Candea water bottle doubles as a bike light

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.Read More

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Kickstand Pump does quadruple duty

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.Read More

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Magura unveils wireless dropper post at Eurobike

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.Read More

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ShockStop suspension bike stem has a heart of rubber

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.Read More

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Need directions? SmartHalo safely navigates urban cyclists

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.Read More

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