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Riding

The North45 scarf has an escape route for your breath and is designed to prevent your gogg...

Canadian-based start-up North45 has developed a cleverly designed two-piece scarf with an integrated magnet that stays fixed to your goggles while providing an escape route for your breath.  Read More

Kinetic's Rock and Roll cycle trainer, spotted by Gizmag at Interbike 2013

Ordinarily when you prop a bicycle onto a trainer, you're in for an experience akin to riding an exercise bike. But with its new Rock and Roll trainer, Kinetic is aiming to give riders a more authentic experience when riding, with its frame that allows the bicycle to sway as the rider trains.  Read More

Built by Dave Welch at Chopper City USA, owned by Pankaj Shah, it's a street-legal BatPod....

The average custom chopper is something most motorcyclists find puzzling – they're heavy and cumbersome, with terrible handling and mediocre performance, they're hard to ride and they cost unbelievable amounts of money. This fully custom 850cc Batpod replica takes all those traits to the max – it looks downright scary to ride, there's almost no way to turn a corner with any sort of dignity, and may God help you if you want to pull a U-Turn. But for owner Pankaj Shah it's a tribute to his love of the Dark Knight movie where the BatPod first appeared – and beyond the neck-snapping appearance of the thing, it's also quite an amazing bit of rolling metalwork. Click through for several videos and photos of the PS-Pod under construction.  Read More

The heart of the PedalPower+ system, the V4 charging unit mounted on the handlebars

In bygone days, a bicycle dynamo struggled to generate enough energy to power a weak headlight for the lonely cyclist riding home on a dark night. Back then it was the only electronic application that a cyclist needed because dynamos were first invented when riders still made calls from public telephone booths or stopped to read a map for directions. But a new bicycle dynamo system called PedalPower+ can help recharge the arsenal of battery-powered accessories modern cyclists’ rely on for communications, navigation and entertainment - on the fly.  Read More

LightLane creates a brightly-lit lane around and behind cyclists to improve safety at nigh...

The first automobile crash in the United States is said to have occurred in 1896, in New York City, when a car crashed into - surprise, surprise - a bicyclist. Even today, despite the introduction of reflective gear, helmets and lights, cyclists are still very vulnerable, particularly at night. Enter LightLane – a clever concept that uses lasers to project a virtual bike lane on the ground behind and around the cyclist.  Read More

A bike retrofitted with the Gruber Assist - you wouldn't know it was there would you?

There’s a few reasons why cycling has remained a popular form of transport for over a century. It’s cheap, keeps you fit, is environmentally friendly and it’s fun - usually. Unfortunately it can get a little less fun when you hit a steep hill or have neglected your fitness for a while. This is where electric assist devices such as the Gruber Assist can come in handy. It still lets you do most of the work, but helps to make the job that little bit easier. Whereas electric bikes such as the E+, the eneloop and the Gocycle require the purchase of a complete bike to get some electric assistance, the Gruber Assist can be retrofitted to practically any bicycle provided it has a seat tube with an inner diameter of 31.6mm.  Read More

Built for comfort - Stylyx bicycle

Ever since the first incarnations of what was to become the modern bicycle rolled through European streets in the early 1800s, anyone astride two-wheel transport has faced a common problem - a sore derriere. Stylyx has addressed this problem with the introduction of its new range of road bikes which include a uniquely shaped seat and upright riding position designed to reduce the soreness and back strain that puts many people off riding.  Read More

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