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Friday, January 11, 2013

Maxxon Wireless Brake Light


Why Need a Bicycle Brake Light?

  • According to statistics, majority of bike-related accidents happened by being hit !!  There are over 20 million bicycles sold in the U.S. each year nowadays, and there are thousands of injuries and deaths out of accidents each year too. Here you can find important statistics. Unlike most European countries, most roads in the States don't have bike lanes, which forces bike-riders to ride closely with cars, trucks or motorcycles, and thus exposes themselves to great dangers......Also when riding in a group, bike-riders tell us that accidents happen because the guy in front slows down or stops and the one behind doesn't notice in time. Even 0.01% risk should be avoided, and our brake lights are here to help reduce the accident probability. Don't let any "tiny" risk become a "big" devil standing in your life !!
  • Can a mere flashing light protect you enough????    Flashing lights only work at nighttime, so apparently, it can not protect you at all at daytime. And also, flashing lights don`t send signals of braking to the following vehicles, therefore, is of limited protection at nighttime too. MAXXON bicycle wireless brake light (works both day and nighttime) will be giving you and your lovely bike excellent safety while riding !
  • MAXXON wireless bike brake light can provide you with better legal stance when facing an accident lawsuit too
  • To sum up, MAXXON Wireless Brake Light provides extra safety to riders, when
     riding in heavy traffic
     riding on the road along with cars, trucks, motorcycles and etc.
     riding in a group (ex. family tour, everyone rides very close to each other)
     riding on downhill roads
     riding at high speed.

Why Choose "Wireless" Brake Light ?

  • Compared to traditional "wired" brake light, MAXXON bicycle Wireless Brake Lights have the following advantages and features.
     Aesthetically appealing
     Safer
     Widely applicable
     Highly durable
     Easily installable

Important Features of MAXXON Wireless Brake Light

  • (Industry's First Only) Employing Nintendo/Wii high technology, it turns 5x brighter when braking or slow down with easy installation (exactly same as installing a regular tail light, no extra hassles at all....... Please see our installation video at bottom of the page)
  • (Industry's First Only) It empolys PWM/Switching electrical technology to maintain stable brightness during low-voltage conditions and can save power up to 30%, and the stable brightness control makes it work with rechargeable batteries without sacrificing brightness. (All tail lights in markets, including brand names such as Cateye, Sigma, Niteriders, BikePlanet Serfas, Blackburn and etc. have no such function in their rearlights. According to experiments, their lights' brightness will get up to 40% dimmer when using rechargeable batteries)
  • World-strictest Germen K-standard approved, giving you high-quality brightness (total 0.5W equivalent brightness output with just 0.1W power consuming) with wide 240-degree lighting angles. With rechargeable batteries, MAXXON brake light has longest battery life in world under Germen K-standard brightness, at least three times much longer than other brand-name ones such as Nightrider(USA), Bikeplanet(USA), Cateyes(Japan), Sigma (Germany), and B&M(Germany).
  • It is 2007 Taiwan Innovative Prize Winner, and is honored with U.S. Patent no. US7649447B2, Japan Patent 3131558, Taiwan Patent M300350, and China Patent ZL200620116165.6
  • Equipped with the automatic power-on (within 30 sec of riding, auto power-on into MODE_3 ), and automatic power-off functions (when still over 4 mins) 
  • Equipped with a low power indicator (when voltage lower than 2.25V)
  • Max Alkaline battery life:  MODE_1<200 hrs>, MODE_2<100 hrs>, MODE_3<800 hrs>

How does it work?

  • Unlike traditional "wireless" brake light that uses RF radio transmitter , MAXXON brake light requires no radio transmitter  installed on brake levers and works on both V- and disc brakes. Our product mainly comprises two main U.S.-made IC chips: a micro-controller and an accelerometer sensor. Its soul, our software technology, is embedded inside the micro-controller, so making it possible to properly detect deceleration of a bicycle.....Therefore when it detects a "material" deceleration, then the system will give off brake lights to warn the vehicles behind you for extra security.
  • PLEASE NOTE: There are two circumstances that it would not give off brake light even when brake levers are applied. When on downhill roads brake levers are pressed in attempt to simply keep bike steady speed, the system would not give off brake light since there is no deceleration detected despite the brake levers pressed.  Another circumstance: the brake light would not respond to "slight" deceleration. The brake light is designed to detect "material" deceleration, not "slight" deceleration. This is so designed because if the brake light is designed to even respond to "slight" deceleration, the brake light would suffer three major drawbacks: (a) the brake light may undesirably mis-function on slight deceleration caused by natural mechanical friction or headwind resistances despite of no actual braking, (b) would lose attentions actually in the long run due to too frequent "light-up", like the story: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" effect, (c) would unnecessarily suffer more power-consuming due to too frequent "light-up".....We have done countless experiments and road tests, designed the technology to work at a reasonably good condition in the view of maximally protecting riders' safety, and industrial-first&only obtained world-strictest Germen K-standard approval/accreditation in this kind of technology field.
  • PLEASE NOTE: At regular deceleration the brake light has about 0.2 second delay response (because the micro-controller IC needs sufficient time to analyze and judge so as to avoid mis-functioning on undesirable slight deceleration), while at severe deceleration the brake light has no delay response perfectly.  Some users feel that the brake light is not sensitive enough, the reason is the 0.2S response delay. When users press brake levers harder and harder gradually, they would feel the brake light responds at the time point when the brake levers are already pressed sufficiently hard, which gives them the feeling that the brake light is only responding to "hard braking".  However, if users press brake levers steadily at one shot (not press harder gradually) to make steadily light deceleration, they should feel that even light deceleration (not slight deceleration) would activate our brake light with no problem.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Our wireless brake light is only suitable for all kinds of regular bicycles, but NOT motorcycles or motorbikes (unless they are within 20 KG in weight)

How are consumers` experiences and testimonials?

  • "Wireless brake light?  Initially I thought it is just a gimmick, but it indeed gives me extra feel of secure after use, I love it !"  by John Deere, Ohio  
  • "Other than the function to make brake light cableless, I am especially fond of its stable-brightness function. Due to frequent commuting I use rechargeable batteries often, and found maxxon light stays quite same brightness, which quality I couldn't find in my Cateye mounted on another MTB"  by HuiWa Lee, Taiwan  
  • The fact: Maxxon wireless brake light has been the best-selling bike rear light in the two major online shopping sites of Taiwan (Yahoo and PChome) nevertheless its highest price among 30 listed rearlights including Cateyes and Sigma.  Please see Taiwan YAHOO and PCHOME Shopping Mall. Highest price and best selling ?! There is only one reason to explain this - It is a must-have item with good reputation among bikers. So start to experience it today !!
  • Special thanks to GIANT Professional Team (Asia), who purchased our brake light for their daily training. "I like this light. Although our professional team usually don't use lights to save the weight, however when we train in a group, we found out brake lights do give us more safety, and safety is always the first priority !!" by GIANT Professional Team Manager Mr. Chang
  • Special thanks to KHS (USA,www.khsbicycles.com) Bikes, who has started to equip their high-end bikes with Maxxon wireless brake light as a standard part to enhance riding security!! 
  • Special thanks to Easy-Pedal Bicycle Rentals & Sales (Canada, www.easy-pedal.com), who equips all their 100 electric bikes with Maxxon wireless brake light to enhance riding safety and to comply with the Alberta Transportation and Safety Acts in Canada!!
  • Special thanks to Peddlers Bikes & Recumbents USA, www.peddlersstore.com ) in Ohio, who really cares about safety of its customers, and just have become our dealer and sold out 14 units just in a month !! "We have seen many products in our 30 years of business, but this Wireless Brake Light is one of the best. It is very easy to install and is very user friendly! This brake light powers on and off automatically to keep you safe even when you forget that it's there! Try this Wireless Brake Light and protect yourself while you are cycling." by Dave (Peddlers Bikes & Recumbents Shop Owner), Ohio, USA.

Trade Hydration For Hendrix With Scosche’s boomBOTTLE Speaker [Gizmodo]


After a long ride there's nothing quite like a refreshing bottle of water. But getting to that point where you're tired and dehydrated sometimes takes some extra motivation. Like your favorite music, which Scosche makes easier to access on a bike with its new boomBOTTLE weatherproof speaker.
Clad in a shock proof exterior that should easily survive even bumpy trail rides, the omnidirectional boomBOTTLE uses a pair of 40 millimeter drivers and a passive subwoofer to make it easy to hear your music even over the sound of your bike rattling about.

Why You Should be Riding a Disc Brake Road Bike [RoadBikeReview]


Have you ever been riding down a wet, leaf covered road, approach a corner and think “Ooh, I better be easy on this corner, it’s slippery.” You gently apply the rear brake and before you can think “I’m falling”, your backside is being grated like swiss cheese on the asphalt at 20 mph? In today’s modern litigious society, nothing is our fault anymore. We have to blame something or someone. So who’s to blame for you running out of talent on that slippery corner? How about that archaic caliper braking system on your bike?
All your friends are enamored with your new carbon fiber wheelset that you just dumped more coin on than your used Toyota Corolla. They look mighty fine, but hey, unless you want to try and pull a Fred Flintstone heel braking technique with your crotch on the top tube, don’t dare ride them in the rain. Oh, and if you damage the braking track on those spendy carbon hoops, you might as well make some stylish earrings out of them, because that’s about all they’ll be good for. Again, it wouldn’t be a problem without those blasted brake calipers.
These types of sleep depriving issues used to be the woes of even the hairy-legged caveman counterpart to the road biker; the mountain biker. But in the late 1990s, hydraulic disc brakes became all the rage, and have since become one of the greatest technological innovations in mountain biking history. Ask any mountain biker who’s been riding disc brakes if they would ever go back to V-brakes or cantilevers, and the response would be a unanimous and deafening “Hell no!”

Optrix XD mount for iPhone with TGR [VIDEO]


Optrix XD mount for iPhone with TGR from Optrix on Vimeo.

Redefining “protected”: A look at CDOT’s new bike lane terminology [GRID Chicago]


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The Wabash Avenue bike lanes, now classified as “buffer-protected.” Photo by John Lankford.
2012 was a banner year for bike lanes in Chicago. According to the Active Transportation Alliance’s Bikeways Tracker, by the end of the year the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) had completed or was in the process of building a total of 12.5 miles of protected bike lanes and 14.5 miles of buffered bike lanes. When Rahm Emanuel took office in last year our city had no protected or buffered bike lanes, but nineteen months later we’re now the national leader in providing enhanced on-street bikeways. That’s a huge achievement.
One issue that has come up is CDOT’s recent adoption of the terms “barrier-protected” and “buffer-protected” lanes to refer to what the department formerly called “protected” and “buffered” lanes. This change in terminology also seems to indicate a shift in goals.
Emanuel’s Chicago 2011 Transition Report, released in May of that year, announced the bold objective of building one hundred miles of protected bike lanes within the mayor’s first term. The document defined “protected lanes” as “separated from traveling cars and sit[ting] between the sidewalk and a row of parked cars that shield cyclists from street traffic.” As Grid Chicago readers know, buffered lanes are instead located to the left of the parking lane, with additional dead space striped on one or both sides of the bike lane to distance the bike lane from motorized traffic and/or opening car doors.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

In Defense of the Electric Bicycle, from the Bottom of a Steep Hill in San Francisco [The Atlantic]


Make no mistake, San Francisco loves bicycles. There's been a 71 percent increase in cycling (yes, 71 percent!) in the last five years in this city. Add in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's"Connecting the City" project, which will provide miles of new bike lanes in the near future, a five-fold increase in bike rentals, and a long-awaited bike-sharing program launching this summer and you’ve got a city made for cycling, except for one thing  …
This:
One of many daunting hills in San Francisco (this one on Dolores Street). (Photo by Allison Arieff)
Most people cite safety concerns—and rightfully so—as the number one impediment to them getting on a bike. But in San Francisco, there’s another major obstacle standing in the way: With few exceptions, there are hardly any ways through our fair city that don’t involve considerable inclines (and the quads to tackle them).

Dutch team pioneers glow in the dark roads for cyclists

Dumpling duo is peddlin' pierogies in Pittsburgh [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]


Thomas Guentner, 33, of the South Side Slopes and Jeff Newman, 29, of Braddock Hills with their pierogi delivery cart.

Mention the simple pierogi -- an iconic food in these parts -- and one might conjure images of babushka'd babkas cooking the Eastern European peasant dish in the basements of onion-domed Orthodox churches, where recipes are passed between generations.
Typically, it would not put one in mind of a pair of tattooed, 30-ish, ultra-progressive guys, rolling dumplings made from organic dough, cage-free eggs and local produce in the kitchen of a smoky dive bar, serving patrons who are bobbing their heads to the metal and punk bands that play the joint.
Oh, and the guys occasionally sell their pierogies via bicycle, too.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/food/dumpling-duo-peddlin-pierogies-669792/#ixzz2Ha3bek5A

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

InterLock™

The InterLock™ hides inside of your bike frame through the seat post. It's universal and can be installed on virtually any bike.



[Kickstarter]

Studded 'Xerxes' bike tire Grips on snow and Ice [Gear Junkie]


Rubber tread rolling on ice and snow often slips. But bikers who brave the cold months have an option with studs.
Many bike brands offer tires with metal or carbide studs implanted in the rubber. The tiny points grip the ground, including ice patches or snow on a road.
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Xerxes tire from 45Nrth
For almost a decade, I’ve commuted on a bike 12 months of the year. Along with extra-warm mittens, studs have been an important part of the cold-weather equation.
This year, my tires are faster and more toothy than ever before. A new brand, 45Nrth is a niche seller of cycling products made for winter.
The company’s Xerxes tires have a fast-rolling rubber tread flanked with 140 aluminum-carbide studs. That’s enough grip to handle starts, stops, and speedy cornering when the asphalt turns white.
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Studs are made for days like these
Like any studded tire, the Xerxes are not a panacea for winter riding — you can slip and skid. But the studs engage when you lean into a turn, adding significant grip.
I have yet to spinout or crash this year, despite more than 100 miles of “snow riding” under the pedals so far.
For the added grip you do pay a price. The Xerxes tires run $105 apiece. They are high-quality products with a folding Kevlar bead and a relatively light weight (about 425 grams per tire).
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Xerxes is a 700c tire made for road bikes
Studded tires come in most all sizes. But the Xerxes are available only in the 700c x 30 size, meaning they are made for road or cyclocross wheels, not mountain bikes.
In addition to the Xerxes’ bite, they are fast during snow-free sections of a ride. A raised center tread line rolls smoothly on pavement, letting me spin easily to 25mph when it’s safe.
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Close-up: Studs for Xerxes before they’re implanted in the rubber
You can adjust the air pressure to change the nature of the tire. At around 75 psi, the tire rolls fast and the studs do not touch down. Let out some air, to about 35 psi, and the rubber can smoosh in more, adding traction and allowing the studs to consistently engage on the ground.
When you brake and turn you can hear the studs grip, the metal points clacking on icy asphalt as they dig in for purchase. For me, it’s an audible reassurance that my bike is doing its best to keep me in control, no matter the conditions of the road.
—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.GearJunkie.com. GearJunkie covered winter bike footwear from 45Nrth in a post last month, No More Cold Feet: W√∂lvhammer Boot Takes on Winter Biking.
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Studs and tread pattern on Xerxes tire up close



REBECCAJKAYE - PROJECT ONE: A VISUAL COMPENDIUM OF CYCLING TERMS

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

This Slick, Foldable Electric Bicycle Is Almost Impossible To Steal [FastCompany]





The concept e-bike, called the NCycle, has everything a cyclist could dream about: a holographic display, an innovative locking system, even a hidden pocket for your stuff.

Many electric bicycle designs are clunky; they look like bloated regular bikes with motors. There are exceptions to that rule, like the arched PiCycle. And now we have theNCycle, a skinny concept foldable electric bike that comes with a handlebar locking system--no outside lock necessary.
Designers Skyrill and Marin Myftiu explain:
Doing away with cables, most of the system consists of the handle bar itself. With dual handles for multiple positions and comfort, the handle bar is appropriately loop-shaped to fit most of the poles and steel bars in the city. Closing the loop when locked is again a hardened steel tube sliding from one of the handles, which makes the locking [mechanism] virtually impossible to break or cut with any kind of man-powered pliers, in the end, making it almost impossible to steal the vehicle.









The concept bike endeavors to solve other problems plaguing cyclists, including object transportation (the bike is equipped with a retractable pocket--much more attractive than a basket--that slides between the bike’s metal plates), the awkwardness of foldable frames (supposedly this one can fold up in two seconds and still remain sturdy), and headlights, which are a part of the handlebar...
Read on at FastCompany -->

YEAR IN REVIEW: THE 11 BEST CYCLING PRODUCTS OF 2012 [Outside Magazine]


We test bike gear year-round at Outside, from our desert test trip in January and endurance races like the Arizona Trail RaceBreck Epic, and Triple Bypass, to daily road and trail rides here in Santa Fe (including snow biking just this week). In the process, we beat the bejeezus out of lots of gear, and while much of it these days is very good, there are often a handful of items that we come back to again and again. With our 2013 test trip to Tucson coming up next week, we decided this was the perfect moment to highlight the top pieces of bike gear that impressed us most in 2012.
Crank Brothers Kronolog
01. CRANK BROTHERS KRONOLOG
This dropper post impressed us more than any other piece of gear this year. Crank Brothers replaced the hydraulic internals of the uneven Joplin with an all-mechanical design that has stood up to nine months of hard wear. We prefer the Kronolog’s infinite height adjustment to other brands' two- or three- stage configurations, as well as the simplicity of the air spring for slowing or speeding the post’s return rate. This is not only a huge improvement from Crank Brothers’ original design, but it’s darn near our favorite dropper on the market, and we recommend it on any bike except for your lightest weight racer.
Speedway Cycles Fatback
02. SPEEDWAY CYCLES FATBACK
This was the year the fat bikes took to the mainstream, and though we've had plenty of fun on these hogs over the last few seasons, it is the Fatback from Anchorage, Alaska-based Speedway Cycles that has won us over for good. At just 27 pounds with huge standover and superfast steering, this bike rides more like an XC mountain bike than a monster truck. With a spare set of lightweight wheels, it easily pulls double duty as an XC racer, making this thus far the most versatile mountain bike around. (The Surly Krampus, a 2013 release, looks set to usurp that title.) Look for a full winter review of the Fatback soon.

A May bike packing trip


A May bikepacking trip from Peter Nylund on Vimeo.
A two-night bikepacking trip in the beginning of May. More about it here: http://www.yetirides.com/2011/05/yet-another-bikepacking-outing.html


Filmed with Canon EOS 60D and the 15-85/3.5-5.6 lens. Edited with Windows Live Movie Maker.

The Best Bike-Sharing Program in the United States [Slate]


Bicycles are seen in a rack at a bike sharing station January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Bicycles are seen in a rack at a bike sharing station in Washington, DC.
Photograph by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
If you had been handed, a decade ago, a map of the U.S. and asked to predict where the novel idea of bike sharing—then limited to a few small-scale projects in a handful of European cities, might first find its firmest footing, you probably would have laid your money on a progressive hub like Portland or Seattle or the regional poles of walkable urbanism, New York or San Francisco—all of which were scoring higher, those days, in surveys likeBicycling magazine’s list of most bikeable cities. But today, the nation’s largest, most successful bike-share program—in terms of size, ridership, and financial viability—is in Washington, D.C. How did D.C. accomplish this unlikely task?
The program was essentially born late one night, two decades ago, in a library.  
Paul DeMaio, an urban planning student at the University of Virginia, was doing Internet research (“pre-Google,”  he notes) when he stumbled upon images of ByCyklen, a new “city bike” program launched by the city of Copenhagen. Enthralled by the idea, he visited the city, learned what he could about the system, and, eventually, distilled his findings into a master’s thesis on bike sharing. Which had about as much impact as the typical master’s thesis. “No one was picking it up,” he recalls over coffee at D.C.’s Union Station. “I was so upset. But as a 22-year-old, what are you going to do?”

2012 DIRTY DOZEN RESULTS [Danny Chew]

The 30th annual Dirty Dozen was held on Saturday, November 24th. I woke up to an inch of fresh, new snow on my back porch, and when some of my staff people started telling me about all the bad traffic accidents they had seen on their drive to my house, I was seriously thinking about postponing or even canceling the DD for the first time ever. To avoid crashing on snow-covered, icy roads on my ride over to the start (Bud Harris Cycling Track), I waited as late as possible to leave my Squirrel Hill home. My 21 year old Nephew Steven Perezluha & I left on slushy and wet roads around 9 am. We were amazed to see the entire parking lot filled with eager cyclists ready to tackle Pittsburgh's steepest and toughest hills despite such lousy weather. 

Luckily by the time we left just after 10 am, the roads were only wet and stayed this way for the first half of the ride, although some icy spots were reported on some hills. Under cloudy skies, a stiff wind blew snow showers most of the day with a high temperature of just 33 degrees F - making it the 3rd coldest DD ever. In the old days, this would have meant like 10 or less brave riders, but 232 riders started {including 135 (58.2%) rookies} making it the 2nd biggest field. There were 23 riders over 50 years old including four over 60. There were 9 teenagers. 105 of the 115 pre-registered riders rode. 127 riders regis- tered on event day. 19 women riders is a new record! 

A wonderful new addition this year was Gene Nacey's (Cycling Fusion) LiveStream live web broadcast which allowed fans to follow the DD at home, and know what time we would be getting to each hill. Thanks Gene. My Nephew won the first hill (Center Ave./Guyasuta Rd.), and dark horse Chris Sprock won the 2nd hill (Ravine St./Sharps Hill) - making them tied for the lead. Since earlier reports had the 3rd hill (Berryhill Rd.) being snow-covered and impassable, I decided to do away with the flying start down Brownshill Rd., and we did a slow, track stand start at the bottom on Saxonburg Blvd. (like old hill #6 Rialto St./Pig Hill which was eliminated from the DD this year because of PA Rt. 28 construction at the bottom). 8-time winner and defending champ Steve Cummings (Stevo) won the hill (melted by the time we got there), but Sprock got 4th giving him the lead. 

Stevo also won the 4th hill (High St./Seavey Rd.). Despite briefly dabbing the ground, my Nephew was 3rd to the hilltop, but because he stopped, my Nephew lost his 3rd place (8 points), and we both rode the hill over again. Sprock got 3rd making him tied for the lead with Stevo. Even though my Nephew & I arrived at the lunch stop (Millvale Riverfront Park) late, I was still able to drink two Red Bulls with the Red Bull girls. In fact, I set a new personal record of drinking 6 (8.4 ounce) cans of RB throughout the day! Thanks to Red Bull for becoming a new DD sponsor. Thanks to Brian Wolovich & Millvale Borough for opening up the bathrooms, providing running water, a heater, and a crew of girl scouts to help clean up. Also, thanks to my food staff of Ron Lutz & his son Eric, and Dave Shaffer. 

[Keep reading at Danny Chew]