Leave it to those insane but prolific inventors at Hong Kong-based Brando to come up with a "Bicycle Phone Holder," which GeekAlerts says can actually be used to hold a variety of gadgets, including music players and PDAs. The mount also allows the secured device to be rotated 360 degrees, so you can even keep your camera there at the ready when you're working your night job as … Read more
In the hypercompetitive business of on-board vehicle electronics, Clarion is apparently trying to carve out a niche for itself in two-wheeled transportation. A few months ago it introduced a "Drip-Proof" CD player for Japan's scooter market, for example, and now it's come up with a waterproofed version of its "DrivTrax" GPS unit suitable for handlebar mounting as well.
The device, which costs about $172, can be removed so it can be carried around (and not stolen) while running on AA batteries. Akihabara News says it also includes a speaker, though we have no idea … Read more
You're stuck in wall-to-wall traffic and home prices that you cannot hope to afford your home (even, apparently, if you're a millionaire). Why not move out to Utah? The grass isn't greener, but the mountain biking trails are awesome.
Here's a glimpse of my favorite: The Bobsled. I rode it this morning with my helmet cam on. Sheer bliss.… Read more
What ever happened to old-fashioned sirens? We hate the way that just one tap on the obnoxious horns of today's fire engines routinely make everyone jump out of their skin. But there's a something on the market that can give everyday sclubs like us a chance to do the same thing right back--from a bike, no less.
The frame-mounted "Thunder Horn" claims to emit a 115-decibel auditory assault, which Technabob says is the equivalent of "standing in the front row of a Metallica concert." Brando, its Hong Kong-based manufacturer, warns not to use it … Read more
There are scads of devices designed to monitor performance while running on the track or treadmill, ranging from MP3 players to running shoes. But digital health equipment pioneer Polar has made it a mission to come up with an electronic fitness aid for cyclists as well.
The CS600 is like an on-board computer with its own software, which Gadgetell says was developed with the help of six teams from last year's Tour de France, "evaluating your heart's performance, bike speed, altitude and cadence." But be warned: Good health often comes at a price, and in this … Read more
The only problem is that some speakers created specifically for bike frames are, as colleague Jasmine France would delicately put it, fugly. iHome, however, is trying to remedy that with its "Bike to Beach Bicycle Speaker" for the iPod.
Shimano has begun selling a new automatic-shift bicycle gearing system--but these gears aren't for gearheads.
Instead, Shimano's Coasting system is designed for the easily daunted cyclist. The three-speed transmission works on flat or flattish terrain. It includes a built-in coaster brake--the kind where you backpedal to slow the bike--because Shimano found that a lot of people were intimidated by those crazy handlebar-mounted brake levers.
While it won't go over with the biking cognoscenti who prefer a polished Italian-made drivetrain, the occasional leisure cyclist may find this a fun toy along the lines of the suitcase bike.
Hammacher Schlemmer is selling a chain-free 3-speed called the Belt Drive Bike for $500
As it says in the name, the bicycle has a lube-free Kevlar belt in lieu of a bike chain. The company claims that its lightweight and grease-free belt system needs no tension adjustment, and will not slack or slip.
Ergonomic adjustable 9-inch seat, 19.75-inch aluminum frame, and 26-inch tires with stainless steel … Read more
We were feeling a tad guilty for pointing out a special remote for kids yesterday. So to do our part in promoting physical fitness among our youth, today we're offering this bike simulator so kids can get in some stationary cycling while playing their video games.
Why, you might ask, wouldn't parents tell their kids to take real bikes outside and ride them? Because that wouldn't be very virtual now, would it? Duh.
These days, you can "mod" (that's the cool, techy way to say "modify") just about anything these days. iPods, Xboxes, computers...you name it. And now Spluch is showcasing a yet-to-be-released product (due out next month) that lets you mod your mountain bike into an "all-terrain riding machine." Called the Ktrack, this kit will turn your bike into a contraption that will ride on snow and sand. Cool, right?
But I'm skeptical. First of all, keep in mind that this is a kit, which means that there's always the chance that … Read more