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Tretta AWD Bicycles put that lazy front wheel to work

Although they’re very seldom seen, 2-wheel drive bicycles have existed in one form or another almost as long as their traditional rear-wheel-drive counterparts. While most of them have been one-off experiments or short-run production models, Japanese bicycle manufacturer Arte Co Ltd has decided to give the 2WD thing a shot nonetheless, with its Tretta AWD Bicycle line-up. Read More

Sports

Dux Helm bike helmet integrates sunglasses

A full motorcycle-style visor might be overkill for cyclists, but built-in sun protection could certainly prove useful. Dux Helm is a Vancouver-based start-up that hit the scene earlier this year. Its first product is a little something it calls the "world's first bike helmet with retractable lens." While we know better than to accept those types of proclamations without reservation, we can say with confidence that the average bike helmet offers little more in the way of sun protection than a tiny, ineffective brim – if that. It certainly doesn't have a pair of retractable, removable and replaceable sunglasses. Read More

Health & Wellbeing

StageONE cycling power meter comes pre-installed on crank arm

Cycling power meters generally need to be affixed to the crank with wire ties, magnets, brackets or double-sided tape. The StageONE from Stages Cycling is a power meter that comes pre-installed on the left crank arm component of a bike. It uses a strain gauge and an accelerometer to capture power output data, which is transmitted via ANT+ and Bluetooth to compatible cycle computers and smartphone apps. Most important of all, it's makers claim it's cheaper than existing cycling power meters on the market.Read More

Footbrake fold-up, pocket-sized shoes for after-sport comfort

Certain sport shoes – ski boots, mountaineering boots, SPD bike shoes, etc. – are all necessary for the field but highly uncomfortable the minute you stop moving and start relaxing. Problem is, you can't always carry around a comfy pair of after-sport shoes in your pocket. FOOTbrakes are folding sandals designed for this very purpose. Read More

Sports

Fenix bike light line to include affordable 800 lumen unit

Flashlight manufacturer Fenix is bringing its lighting expertise to the bike market with plans to launch a pair of bike lights that combine powerful output, low pricing and an established brand name. Some bikers already mount Fenix torches to their handlebars in place of more purpose-built lighting systems but its new bike light line will just give users a more integrated package for lighting up the road or trail with Fenix power. Read More

Bicycles

SRAM pART PROJECT auctioning off bicycle part art

If you're a cycling enthusiast, you've probably seen plenty of bracelets made from bike chains, clocks made from chain rings, or other items constructed by local hobbyists from cast-off components. Fun as those kind of curios may be, imagine what you might get if you took 46 established artists from across the U.S., gave each of them a box of 100 brand-new bike components, and asked them to make those into whatever they wanted. Well, that was the idea behind the SRAM pART PROJECT. The resulting sculptures have been shown at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas, will go on display in a juried exhibition at a gallery in Chicago, and are about to be put up for auction online.Read More

Bicycles

PowerWheel is designed to make your race bike go ... slower?

... and why on Earth, you may ask, would you want to go slower? Well, because it requires more effort to make a slow bike go fast, and the more effort you put into your training rides, the faster you’ll go when you swap in a regular front wheel on race day. That’s the idea behind the new PowerWheel and SlowWheel, made by TriSport Devices.Read More

Bicycles

Radical-looking RoundTail bike claims radically smoother ride

If you banged a pole and a hoop against the road, which one would transmit more vibrations to your hand? Given that the flexing action of the hoop would absorb some of the energy, it’s probably safe to assume that the pole would give you a numb hand quicker. Well, Canadian cyclist Lou Tortola applied the same sort of logic to the frame design of his Tortola RoundTail road bicycle. Where most other bikes would have a rear triangle consisting of straight seat stays, chain stays and a seat tube, the RoundTail simply has two shock-absorbing joined rings.Read More

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