16 Innovations in Cycling You Can Buy Today!

Ann M.

Well-Known Member
Court has an interesting overview of new components; some that make riding more comfortable and some that integrate our smart phone technology or heart rate monitors with Ebike systems and new recumbent technology to help physically challenged riders among these 16 innovations. Very cool electronic sound track, Detour by Gunnar Olsen!


The following 16 products are available in multiple forms from a variety of companies. Each can be used in conjunction with bike riding for improved experience and each is available to buy today!

Learn how to ride a bike in 5 minutes:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyLlw...

Puncture Protection:
- http://www.continental-tires.com/bicy...
- http://www.maxxis.com/other-bicycle-i...

Adaptive Electric Bikes:
- http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/index_e....
- http://outriderusa.com/

Continuously Variable Transmission:
- http://www.nuvincicycling.com/en/prod...

Heart Rate Assist:
- http://www.falcoemotors.com/
- http://www.polarisebikes.com/

Intelligent Lighting Systems:
- http://lumenus.com/

Upcycled Accessories:
- http://www.greengurugear.com/

Portable Mini Pumps:
- https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/inflati...
- http://rocket44.com/

Wireless Sport Headphones:
- http://www.jaybirdsport.com/

Light Weight Fenders:
- http://www.barflybike.com/product-cat...

Smart Security:
- https://pinheadlocks.com/store/en/
- http://www.abus.com/us
- (Link Removed - No Longer Exists)
- (Link Removed - No Longer Exists)

Hand and Seat Ergonomics:
- http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/home

Hydration Solutions:
- http://www.camelbak.com/

Lighter Smarter Helmets:
- http://www.smithoptics.com/us/
- http://www.pocsports.com/en/14/wheels...
- http://www.mipshelmet.com/
- (Link Removed - No Longer Exists)

Lights that Listen and Record:
- https://cycliq.com/

Improved Breathing:
- http://www.theturbine.com/

Learning Tools:
- http://clearybikes.com/
- http://www.skuut.com/
- http://www.striderbikes.com/
- http://www.kazambikes.com/

Music: Detour by Gunnar Olsen
 

EddieJ

Well-Known Member
For my use, The Camelbak was the only one that interested me. I have two of the systems, one for winter use, and one for summer use. I'm never without it when on the bike.
  • The quality of finish and durability is outstanding.
  • The zips never fail to operate even with my torturous use.
  • I frequently ride with often over 5kg of kit including spare battery, and I have yet to experience any discomfort.
  • Reflective material isn't key to me, but the Camelbak doesn't disappoint in respect of that.
  • Storage is well though out.
  • The system remains cool to wear, and comfortable in hot weather conditions.
  • The bladder, of which I have two sizes, are also easy to keep clean and maintain.


I'll add a product to the list that I bought today.

An 11-42 cassette.

This in conjunction with an 15 tooth front sprocket, make using the Bosch Performance system, a far more complete and practical off road package.

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Jack Tyler

Active Member
Thanks, Ann! One additional safety item, called out in the comments section below the youtube video, is a pair of Winglights - turn signals extending outside the handlebars.
http://www.cycl.bike
Having biked around London for 14 months - at greater risk than sailing across the Atlantic to get there! - these make good sense to me, especially for shorter days in the year. Having started as a Kickstarter project, they are now carried by Amazon.
 

Ann M.

Well-Known Member
A decent set of Turn signals for bikes has been one of the requests we've seen a fair amount at the shop; most of my commuter riders aren't comfortable just using hand signals; especially in the evening. Glad to see that these are now commonly available!
 

KenM.

Active Member
That is a good idea!
I always said, how can I signal that I want to make a turn, when I need my hands on the break levers.
They are a cool idea! I like them a lot. Put now that I have three bikes, it would run into a bit of money to set them all up with signals! I do like them ! Keep looking up! Ken.
 

Jack Tyler

Active Member
Ken, the sales pitch for the Winglights is that these are easily installed...so maybe also easily RE-installed? One of the main reasons I like lighted turn signals is not that it alerts the driver to a biker's turn. It's because the novelty of the light itself causes increased driver awareness of biker. I'm a pretty risk-willing guy BUT I never felt it was wise to bike in downtown London - e.g. around the Tower of London or over Tower Bridge - at night. Winglights would have been one required addition before I would have attempted it.
 

harryS

Well-Known Member
I really liked the youtube video about teaching how to ride. I taught my kids when they were four and five, and I learned when I was 8, but my learning as well as their lessons involved training wheels, and a lot of falling over. I'm going to get a tiny push bike and have my grand daughter scoot herself around at her own pace next summer.

Also enjoyed the comments. Had no idea so many adults and older teens could not ride, but to be fair, I cannot swim.
 

David1

Active Member
Thanks Jack for the Winglights Link. My turn-signals arrived and were simple to mount. Have yet to do a road test, but I can already tell these are super cool! And bright too. Two features I like are they self cancel after 45 sec. unlike most motorcycles , and end switch , all it takes is a light touch to turn on. Thanks again, and Happy New Year
 

Jack Tyler

Active Member
David1 that's encouraging news. Thanks for the update. How long to receive them, and what was the shipping + customs duty costs beyond the price of the Winglights, please? Let us know what you think once you've used them at night a while.
 

David1

Active Member
Will do, daytime testing today, only problem is they scream eye candy for thieves . Amazon Shipping $5.58 little over $50. Arrival time 1 week. Quality of craftsmanship is astounding , they are beautiful. Just ordered another pair. Thanks
 
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David1

Active Member
I superglued the lights on the end magnetic caps. While moving bike around all it took was a slight bump and off they came. If you bumped them while riding they could have fallen off, and being so lightweight you probably would not hear them hit the ground. Still yet to do extended night test. I'll get back.
 

Nirmala

Active Member
I see that winglights came out with a new fixed version that mounts more permanently, without the magnets. It is cheaper than the magnetic version also:

amazon.com/WingLights--Bicycle-Signals-Indicators-Blinkers/dp/B015HBC4U0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1451709138&sr=8-2&keywords=winglights
 

Tara D.

Active Member
I really liked the youtube video about teaching how to ride. I taught my kids when they were four and five, and I learned when I was 8, but my learning as well as their lessons involved training wheels, and a lot of falling over. I'm going to get a tiny push bike and have my grand daughter scoot herself around at her own pace next summer.

Also enjoyed the comments. Had no idea so many adults and older teens could not ride, but to be fair, I cannot swim.

There are so many different balance bike options! I liked the KaZAM bike how it has a place for them to put their feet when they get going, Strider is awesome with their ski attachments if you live somewhere snowy and the Yuba flip flop has a little rack in back to put a bag so they can carry their treasures around! My little rides a Yvolution Velo Jr which was fairly inexpensive in comparison and he loves it. He started riding at 1 1/2 and picked it up within a week a year later he is fearless ( helmet is a must!) Going off curbs and doing wheelies haha! Definitely a great way to get your grand daughter introduced to bikes! As for swimming, there is no better time then the new year for a new goal!
 

David1

Active Member
Update on Winglight turn-signals. Their the real deal ! Thanks Jack. If they save me once their worth the $ 50 + . I have the magnet model and they kept falling off. So I super glued them on and work great so far. Im sure cars see that orange flash . I just reach out and tap the end with the palm of my glove to turn on and off. If I forget they self cancel after 45 secs. How cool is that. Still learning to remember, to use them. So used to just hand signals. Put another pair on my Hybrid today. I highly recommend.
 

rick-n-ns

Member
Good stuff.
In the security department I liked the "idea" of the mobileloc, was wondering before I seen it if there was such a thing as a small tracking / homing device that could be hidden, IE inside the handlebar, seat, tire, or something. The reason I say good idea is the thief could just remove this device, and you can track it down to where he removed it, good by bike all the same.

I will be researching this.

Rick