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Bicycles Review

Review: FlyKly Smart Wheel gives your bike a boost

Although electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular for commuting, a lot of people still don't like the idea of completely shelving their perfectly-good human-powered two-wheeler. That's why companies such as Superpedestrian, Evelo and Hycore have developed electric-assist wheels containing a battery pack and motor, that can simply be installed on a regular bike. Although most of them are still in the "pre-order" stage, FlyKly's Smart Wheel is now actually reaching consumers. I recently got to try one out, and it definitely does help with the hills ... although at least one tweak is still needed.

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Bicycles

Bionicon's e-ram mountain bike motor is light and low-profile

While hub motors may be quite common on commuter e-bikes, they’re not so popular on full-suspension electric mountain bikes. That’s because they add unsprung weight, which nobody wants. Various companies have responded by developing motors that are located in the middle of the bike, near the bottom bracket. These solve part of the problem, although they have to actually be built into the frame. That’s why Germany’s Bionicon has created the e-ram – it’s reportedly the world’s lightest mid-mount motor, and it could potentially be installed on existing mountain bikes.Read More

Bicycles

Loud Bicycle Horn is ... well, it's LOUD

One of the big reasons people give for not commuting by bicycle is the fear that drivers won't notice them on the road. While various devices are available to make bikes and riders more visible, the designers of the 125-decibel Loud Bicycle Horn have concentrated their efforts on another goal – making sure that cyclists are heard.Read More

New cycling water bottle does away with the cage

Although most cyclists probably don't give much thought to their water bottle or bottle cage, the fact is that like just about anything else, those components can be lightened and simplified. That's just what British cycling design company Fabric has done, with its new Cageless water bottle.Read More

Bicycles

MagLOCK takes another kick at magnetic clipless bike pedals

Last November we first heard about MagLOCK pedals – clipless mountain bike pedals that use magnets instead of springs to keep the rider's feet attached, and that can also be used as regular platform pedals. The product fell short of its crowdfunding goal, perhaps because the pedals were kind of clunky, but MagLOCK designer Dave Williams is now back on Kickstarter with a sleeker, lighter and less expensive version.Read More

Sports

What's up Chris Froome's nose?

In a sport as taxing and hard-fought as cycling, even the smallest advantage can mean the difference between making a stage-winning breakaway or falling off the back and out of contention. Some cyclists wear breathing strips on their noses in an attempt to open up their airways, an approach Team Sky’s Chris Froome has taken a step further at this year’s Tour de France by wearing a specially-designed stent called the Turbine.

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