I live in an area where everyone is on a bike. I see them all day long with their spandex on, water bottles strapped to their bike frames and earbuds in their ears. Now I’m sure they’re listing to very motivational music, I mean, I know I’d need motivational music (or a rabid pit bull behind me) to keep going. What they are NOT listening to however, is me honking my horn. I honestly don’t mind one bit, but it just doesn’t seem safe.
Bicycle hubs have long provided power for bike headlights via small, built-in generators (dynamo hub), a great, green power source. But there are a few drawbacks. The power generated varies with your pedaling. Slow pedaling delivers a decent charge, but speed on the bike creates spikes and surges in the power – not healthy for devices. Another drawback is lack of storage for the power you generate. Seems like there are other uses for the pedal generated power like charging your electronic devices! BioLogic, bike accessory maker, offers a line of products that enables you to channel that bicycling energy with their ReeCharge™ Dynamo Kit and ReeCharge™ Power Pack.
One of my favorite things is new automotive tech. I especially loved those systems that could detect an accident and call an ambulance for you. Remember the commercials? “Mr. Jones, we have detected you have been involved in a front end collision, we are alerting the authorities, help is on the way.” I love that. Heck, I love anything that makes me feel safer.
You will all notice a pattern developing here. I just don’t care for exercise, I always drive by joggers, speed walkers, and bicyclists on the road and think to myself, where the heck are they going? In fact, I’m only up for hiking somewhere, if I’m going to see something pretty awesome, that I can’t drive to or fly over. Heck, I wish I had a little Segway I could tool around the house in…
Wait! Honda just came out with The UNI-CUB, an all-electric, self-balancing vehicle much like a small Segway, that utilizes a saddle instead of standing. The UNI-CUB cruises at about three miles an hour, for about 3 miles, and it can fold up for easy storage when not in use.
I have a relatively inexpensive bicycle, my husband wants us to spend more money and get some really fancy ones. I think he forgets about my less is more theory on exercise. I just don’t think having a deluxe bike is going to change how I feel about getting out in the elements and working up a sweat, and anyway, when you have a nice bike, someone will just want to take it… well, there goes that excuse.
MyAssetTag.com, is introducing us to BikeGuard, a new (and free) bike registry and identification program. This service provides its customers with free QR Code asset tags so folks can track and identify their bicycles, and since a bike is lost or stolen about every seven seconds, BikeGuard may just be part of reducing the challenge of locating and recovering bicycles for both the bike owners, and the police.
My daughter hates to wear her helmet. She says its hot, it feels weird, and its not cool. I always try to recount some horrendous emergency room scenarios that involve fracturedskulls and hundreds of stiches. She doesnt see how having your head cracked open is a whole lot less cool than an ugly helmet. I make her wear it, but I know she secretly grumbles about it behind my back.
The folks over at Fohawx know just how kids feel, inspired by their own little pain in… I mean kid, who also hated wearing his helmet. When the resourceful older sister glued a strip of colored papers down the center of the helmet, a new idea was born. Check out Fohawx, a line of uber-cool accessories that attach to any of your kids safety helmets, transforming them into instant fashion statements.
If you love your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to bits and pieces, and bring it with you just about everywhere you go, then surely those who cycle around would love to have this bicycle mount from Joy Factory – known as the StormCruiser, this is the latest mounting system for both smartphone from Apple. I suppose folks who use an app on the smartphone to keep track of how far they have cycled as well as the amount of calories that they have burned will find such a mount useful.
The new StormCruiser will is a perfect solution for mountain bike riders, active adults as well as moms who are on-the-go, where their Apple device is their main communications device as well as a handy GPS navigation system, et al. Sporting a scratch-resistant case, it will allow you to access the GPS, phone and music features without fear of the Gorilla Glass display cracking when you take a tumble as you navigate through tough mountain bike trails. Bring it out with you while walking to the park as well without any worries.
This is the “Bike Guide Concept”, a way of travel that could be the next form of tourism.
As you can tell from the image, the Bike Guide uses bikes attached to the bus itself. The bus has a screen to announce information about the next destination, and then each bike has a screen to share even more. Screens are also used in bus stops, and the user scans their credit card to arrange a bike/bus tour.
You can watch a video of it after the jump, and you see that the bus parks and drops off the bikes. The tourists pedal around the attraction, and I believe that there is a timer on each bike to let the rider know when it is time to return them.