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Saturday, September 21, 2013

CBus Goes Cuckoo | 614 Magazine


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Columbus appears to be over its handlebars for CoGo, the city’s newest bike share program.
Another move in Columbus’s courtship of the growing cyclist population, CoGo is an obvious step towards supporting pedal-powered travel: a $2-million-dollar bike share program, with special bikes located at 28 (soon to be 30) special “docking” stations across the city, available for anyone’s use at any time of day. The program is enticing for citizens who value non CO2-emitting transportation and healthful living, or cities that generally try to stay hip to metropolitan trends.
The first 300 CoGo bikes have the potential to change more than just the calves of Columbus’s public. They could be a profound step toward smoothing over tensions between classic archenemies in the world of transportation: People in Cars and People On Bikes.
But first, the basics:

Perks

To operate a CoGo bike feels like riding a stripped-down motorcycle. Passengers sit upright in an ample seat that is just as comfortable as it is skirt-friendly. They’re monsters, weighing in at 50 pounds, but are incredibly easy to pedal. Wide tires provide a smooth ride even when passing through German Village’s brick streets, and regularly tuned mechanics mean these cycles can move at a decent clip.
Other perks include a basket secured with bungee cords, three-speed (totally adequate for city travel), front and rear lights powered by pedaling, and a bell.
The real challenge: returning the bike to a CoGo station 30 minutes after plucking one from the dock.

Bike Touring Special: Choosing a Bike | adventure journal

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The first thing to know about bicycle touring, or riding for days at a time across a landscape, is that you can do it on virtually any bike. Whatever claptrap contraption you have in the garage will probably work. Consider the guy I know who bought a Huffy in Japan and pedaled it through Kamchatka and then from Alaska to Mexico. I’m sure as hell not recommending that—the average Huffy is only designed to last the average homeless person six or so weeks of light pedaling—but the point is that if my friend can ride an absolute pile of crap bicycle for months at a time through wild and foreign lands then anyone can grab that old mountain bike or 10-speed and head for the sunset.
But let’s say you want something designed specifically for multi-day adventure. Something tough and reliable that will get you to the beyond and back (unlike my friend, whose bike eventually disintegrated somewhere south of Tijuana). Though they’ve long existed on the outskirts of the race-obsessed bike industry, there are plenty of bikes like this with robust frames designed to carry weight, low gearing for extended climbs, and an overall build made to perform over long distances and difficult terrain. They’re called touring bikes.
Touring Bikes
adventure journal bike touring special rivendell atlantisThe classic touring bike has a steel frame, superstrong wheels, drop bars, a triple chainring, a low bottom bracket for stability when loaded, long chainstays for heel/pannier clearance, plenty of space for wide tires, and gobs of eyelets for waterbottles, racks, and fenders. This is still the perfect bicycle for loaded touring on paved and smooth dirt surfaces. A few current bikes in this mold are the Co-Motion AmericanoBruce Gordon Rock N’ Road Tour,Rivendell Atlantis (above), and the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Those first three bikes, all legends in the touring world, are handmade in the U.S. and will cost $3,000 and up, while the Long Haul Trucker has become one of the most popular touring bikes by mimicking their design in a $1,300 made-in-Taiwan package.
Maybe you don’t want a traditional tourer, though. One of the best things about modern bicycle touring is how it’s grown to encompass wildly different styles of riding, from Jeep roads to singletrack to remote coastlines. The classic touring bike is a phenomenal all-arounder—tourer, commuter, randonnee rig, and perfectly acceptable as a beefy road bike and even a throwback off-road bike. But if you want something for singletrack, credit-card, or around-the-world touring, there are better-performing options. So before you buy that “touring” bike, consider what kind of riding you want to do. Here’s a rundown...

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Official Transportation of the Apocalypse | Slate


Citi Bike
A Citi Bike would have made perfect sense in Cormac McCarthy's The Road
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
There’s something post-apocalyptic about Citi Bike, the bike-sharing program that debuted a few months ago in parts of New York City. Or perhaps better terms would be "pre-post-apocalyptic" and "pre-dystopian." Because these bikes basically are designed for the end of the world.
Bike-sharing programs have arisen around the world—from Washington, D.C., to Hangzhou, China. The New York bikes are almost disturbingly durable: Human-powered, solar-charged, and with aluminum frames so sturdy that during stress testing the bike broke the testing equipment. Sure, riding one through Midtown Manhattan is like entering a speedboat race on a manatee. And yes, they're geared so that it feels you're at a very goofy spinning class when riding up Second Avenue. But if you think post-apocalyptically, that gear ratio means a very efficient bike for carrying heavy loads. With the help of the local blacksmith, as long as he's not too busy making helmets for fight-to-the-death cage matches, you could find a way to attach a hitch to the back of a Citi Bike and that could carry, say, a laser cannon, or a seat for the local warlord. Now all that's left to do is to attach a hipster to one of the bikes, perhaps with an iron neck collar. Voila! The Citi Bike has become the Escalade SUV in the cannibal culture that arises after peak oil.

How to enforce 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists | Biking Bis


To those who say that laws requiring motorists to give bicycles a 3-foot gap when passing are unenforceable, consider what police in Austin, Texas, are doing.
Maryland bike advocate shows what 3 feet looks like.
Maryland bike advocate shows what 3 feet looks like.
A few years ago, bicycle advocates in Texas convinced the legislature to pass a 3-foot law for passing bicycles. Gov. Rich Perry vetoed it, becoming the first governor to veto such a law (California’s Gov. Jerry Brown has since joined him).
City councils all across the Lone Star State realized, however, that 3-foot passing laws are important safety measures. Many passed local ordinances that require motorists to give bicyclists, and pedestrians, a minimum 3 feet of clearance when passing.
Austin was one of those cities. 

OSHP: Vehicle Suspected In Fatal Delaware County Crash Located | NBC4i.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol say the vehicle believed to be involved in a fatal hit and run crash in Delaware County on Sunday has been located at a home in Delaware County.
Troopers responded to a Delaware County home along Miller-Paul Road at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The vehicle matches the description of the vehicle that struck and killed 64-year-old Robert Lennon while he was riding his bike in the area of Miller-Paul and Robins roads. Troopers tell NBC4 the damage to the vehicle is consistent with the crash investigation.
The vehicle was seized and taken to the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Troopers and investigators are interviewing one person in connection with the vehicle. No charges have been filed at this time.
According to troopers, deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office responded to Miller-Paul on a report of a crash involving a deer and a vehicle. Responding deputies found the suspect vehicle and contacted troopers.
A search warrant has been issued. It is unclear whether the warrant has been issued for the home or the suspected vehicle.
The vehicle will be processed at the post, according to troopers.
Lennon was a science teacher and cross country coach at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus.
Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 740-548-6688.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Daily Bike: An Automated Bike Washing Machine | adventure journal

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My theory about bicycle cleanliness is that if you have the time to get the dirt off, you probably aren’t riding enough. Of course, that’s easy to say living in a place where it rains once each in January, February, and March, and dusting the bike every quarter would be a lot. But still, there are times, like after driving through a particular fecund spring hatch with your rig on the roof, when you might want to give ‘er shine, and that’s when it might be nice to the QBike washing station nearby.
The QBike from Novatec is in operation at two locations at Lago di Garda, Italy, but didn’t gotten much attention until last week’s Eurobike trade show, where it was being offered to shops for about two grand. The station sprays a light water and detergent mix over the bike (“light” being the operative word, if you’re worried about water worming its way into the bike’s private parts) and…well, that’s it. No fluff and fold, no air dry. You still have to wipe down the bike and lube it.
Cool idea for hotels like the ones in Italy where it’s currently installed, I suppose, but this bike vending machine, where you can buy parts and tools, is far more useful.
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Bike light company is second time lucky on Kickstarter | Upstart Business Journal


Fortified Bicycle AllianceTivan Amour and Slava Menn are big fans of Kickstarter.Kickstarter




































Slava Menn and Tivan Amour, the founders behind Fortified Bicycle Alliance, liked Kickstarter so well the first time that they're back once more, crowdfunding their latest generation of theft-proof bicycle lights.

"I think it's a way to get in front of a huge audience and get immediate feedback," Menn told me.
It's also been, for him and Amour, a pretty good way to get the money they need to manufacture bicycle lights geared to an urban audience. The first campaign, for their Defender lights, raised $84,000. This time the pair is looking to come out with Afterburner and Aviator, a higher end pair of brighter lights, and had raised $66,940 as of this morning, with 36 days to go. They've already beaten their $24,000 goal for the second campaign.
Menn, a 2011 graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Business, says he and Amour had the idea for manufacturing rugged, theft-resistant, bicycle lights after a friend in Boston had their bike lights stolen and was hit by a car. The friend wasn't injured, but the pair thought there had to be a better way.

Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route | Adventure Cycling Association


This summer, I took my bike respite on the TransAm, from my backdoor in Missoula, to Florence, Oregon. I rode with my husband (pictured above riding from Eugene to Florence) and for two weeks I shut myself off from email and immersed myself in life on the road. Overall, I was really impressed with the route through Oregon (with the exception of an 18-mile section heavy with truck and commercial traffic). Most of the time, there were good shoulders and to my delight, none of them were overtaken with rumble strips.
Upon entering Florence and making our way over the last three miles to the hiker-biker site at Honeyman State Park, my husband commented on the poor shoulders. There was debris and the paving was a mess — with a ridge down the center of the shoulder. But we only had three miles to ride and I thought it was probably an anomaly. We’d seen paving like this periodically during our ride so I didn’t dwell on it, figuring I’d talk to my contacts at Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and State Parks and Recreation when I returned to the office.

A How-To Guide for Companies Looking to Encourage Bike Commuters | TriplePundit

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Bicycling is on the rise in cities such as Washington DC-in part because of companies
As more companies seek creative ways to retain talent, improve productivity, keep employees engaged and reduce health care costs, a robust bicycling program is one perk businesses should consider. The statistics should certainly encourage companies. Over 42 million Americans rode a bicycle in 2010, making it the second most popular outdoor activity in the country. Almost half of Americans in a recent survey indicated they wish for more bicycling amenities in their communities.
Plus bicycling is not only a healthy means of commuting, but is a cost-effective means of getting to work. The average American spends over $8,700 a year on car payments, insurance, fuel and other automobile costs. Contrast that figure with a 10-mile round trip completed on a bicycle, which can save that same commuter $10 when factoring car maintenance into the equation. And for employers located in pricey urban areas, parking is an expensive perk to provide for employees.
So how can employers cajole more employees to cycle more and drive less? First, they have to realize not everyone is going to two-wheel it to work. And obvious factors such as geography, climate and local bicycling infrastructure come into play. During a recent conversation I had with Tim Ericson, CEO of Zagster, he shared some pointers companies should consider when developing a compelling bicycling program.

First, identify the potential cyclists

“There are dozens of legitimate reasons why (bicycling) could be difficult, scary, inefficient or just plain unworkable,” Ericson said as we started our talk. Indeed, the commuter who lives in the exurb or across a waterway from the office may not have the most seamless commute. So companies should consider reaching out to employees to determine who would be practically able to cycle to work. Data clearly explaining why employees cycle, or will not cycle for various reasons, will a company gauge whether a bicycling incentive plan makes sense in the first place. Are there employees who live three to five miles away who currently drive to work? Are there other workers who live farther away, but have a safe route via dedicated bicycle lanes and even bike paths? And if the office is located in an area where employees often have meetings within a reasonable distance, would a bikesharing program make sense?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

RIDEYE - Bicycle "Black Box"

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Best Bike Lock


If I lived anywhere in the U.S. and rode a bike that cost less than about $1,000, I’d pick up the ~$42 Kryptonite Series 2 package, which comes with a u-lock and four-foot-long cable.
Experts, users and the bike thieves that we interviewed agree that the Series 2 u-lock is strong enough to foil all foilable thieves.
This isn’t an exciting, novel pick for the best u-lock but it is savvy. Experts, users and the bike thieves that we interviewed agree that the Series 2 u-lock is strong enough to foil all foilable thieves. It’s also light and comes with a stable, easy-to-mount carrying bracket that fits on virtually all bikes. Kryptonite’s accompanying “insurance”—costing $20 for three years—is the easiest to purchase, thanks to their rare online form. And it pays OK, too. In the event that some jerk destroys the u-lock and makes off with a bike, then Kryptonite pays the homeowners’ or renter’s insurance deductible or the replacement cost of the bike. The cable is just one more layer of security discouraging opportunists from nabbing a wheel or seat.

Why you should (maybe) read this long thing

In researching this guide, I heard surprising insights from bike shop owners, journalists and longtime riders. I also happened to talk to one nameless thief, one penny-ante thief and one power-tool-wielding professional—the man who very likely pinched my $5,000 custom-made road bike two years ago. So if you want to skip down to hear their take, beginning with Thief #1, I’ll understand. Then you can loop back here to what the other experts say.

It’s not about the lock (AKA how to use a lock properly)

The consensus among those in the know was that a u-lock is best for virtually everyone, offering the highest ratio of security to portability. Unconventional devices like folding locks are intriguing, but so far none offer the security of a good u-lock. Chains sometimes offer a slight bump in security, but they often weigh twice as much and still relent to power tools. Let masochists wear belts of hardened steel; all our experts said a good u-lock is the sensible solution.
But before we talked specific lock models, they also insisted we slow down. Most people don’t know how to use their locks, they said. Most people buy big, heavy expensive u-locks and then don’t secure their bike’s frame, or don’t lock to an immobile object, or worse. Videos like this and this and this drive the point home.
Both the professional and petty thieves we talked to suggested that if a cyclist couldn’t take his bike inside, he should lock his bike in a different spot each day, making it harder to case out. And they encouraged people to ride cheaper bikes. After all, the resale value of a bike—and its expensive components—is what makes the thing worth stealing.

Fix It Sticks

About Fix It Sticks

In my experience most of the problems I encounter on a ride could be fixed with just a few tools. However, the tools are left behind either because they are heavy, not working or just too bulky for your jersey or seatbag.  
The real value of Fix It Sticks is the ability to buy 1 set of tools to use at home and the same set excels for use on the road. No more compromising!
Fix It Sticks are able to get into very tight spaces by using a single stick to start a bolt, once in place, torque is applied with our unique T-handle design. Traditional multi tools lack proper engagement mainly because there are too many pivot points which leads to stripped out bolts and frustrating roadside repairs.
Fix It Sticks bicycle multi tools are designed to be modular and customizable. Carrying sockets, wrenches, a magnifying glass, knives, etc can be a waste, just carry what you need. In the near future we will have many combinations of sticks to choose from. Allowing our customers to build a quality tool collection that is totally customized for use on the road or at home
Fix it Sticks are constructed of high-quality aluminum and steel bits.

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How to Deal With Bad Drivers | Bicycling.com































It was a lovely spring day and my friend and I were riding abreast on a quiet street, spinning and chatting easily. Somewhere, Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood" should have been playing. 

Then from behind us came an urgent honking. Before we could rearrange ourselves in single file, the driver accelerated alongside us, leaned across her passenger seat, and shouted: "What you're doing is very dangerous!" 

Dangerous? We were hardly juggling knives here. As far as I could tell the only threat to anybody was the two tons of Swedish steel, driven by an angry woman looking 90 degrees away from the road. 

Whether you're piloting your car, your bicycle, your Segway, or just your ­flip-flops, the paramount rule is: Be ­considerate of your fellow travelers. 

But what to do when that mutual tolerance breaks down, as it sometimes does on the road? A sidewalk tête-á-tête is too fleeting and fraught to attempt to forge a lasting peace. Instead, it's best to treat a conflict like an early breakaway in a race and just let it go. Here are four hard-won tips, learned over two decades of pedaling around New York City, for avoiding altercations—plus a few words on how to resolve them if it's too late. 

Do No WrongCyclists are often the most vulnerable party in an altercation, but we're not always saints. Did you coast through a stop sign? Swerve across the street? Or ride against traffic? Head off potential problems by following the law. 

Anticipate Bad DrivingThat driver should check before flinging open his door, but he won't. He's also likely to speed though an intersection before (or just as) the light turns red, or cut you off by making a sharp right turn. Reduce the chance of an accident by riding defensively and expecting the worst. 

Don't Fuel the FireArguing with an irritated driver can make a bad situation worse. It's best to remain calm, say nothing, and keep riding. If things get ugly, stay safe and call the police. 

Know the SystemLearn local traffic laws that affect cyclists. If you are in an accident or altercation, be sure to get the driver's name, address, and insurance info. Also record the names of any police officers and witnesses. Get a copy of the accident report and make sure the information is correct.

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Do Bike Lanes Actually Speed Up Car Traffic? | FastCompany



As New York City redesigns its streets to be more bike and pedestrian friendly, the people who are still driving are getting a bonus: they're going faster.


There’s few surer ways of stirring controversy in a city or neighborhood than to bring up the topic of new bike lanes. Cyclists love them obviously, but drivers will get all riled up about the road space or parking space they are giving up. Dare to peek at comments on a listserv, and it can be all out warfare between two- and four-wheeled partisans.
New data from New York City’s Department of Transportation, however, could help calm tensions. Bike lanes and pedestrian improvements are actually good for drivers too: They ease congestion and speed up traffic, the agency's analysis of GPS data from taxi cabs shows.



Streetsblog looked in detail at the data from the city’s annual “Sustainable Streets Index,” which reports traffic trends since 1990.
In the congestion nightmare that is midtown Manhattan, cars moved faster through the area since the city added protected bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly zones to five avenues. From Streetsblog:
In Manhattan below 60th Street, predictions that reallocating space to walking, biking, and transit would only worsen traffic have not come to pass. In fact, average traffic speeds have picked up. GPS data from yellow cabs below 60th Street show that average speeds are up 6.7 percent since 2008. The average speed of a taxi trip, which was 8.9 mph in 2011, inched up to 9.3 mph last year. 
The slightly faster trips weren’t the result of fewer cars on the road either, which has remained about the same from 2008 to 2011.
The cycling culture wars, which in New York have been exacerbated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hard push to remake the streets in favor of cyclists, mass transit riders and walkers, are unlikely to ease with merely more data.
Consider the reactions of hardened drivers Abdullah Muhammed, who spoke to the New York Times: “They cut the streets in half to have people sit." He then gave the reporter a “lengthy smirk” and a nod at the clogged traffic, when the paper asked if this made driving more difficult. A representative of the Automobile Association of America in New York suggested to the paper that if congestion is down, it’s because drivers are simply giving up trying to get through the area. No one will say it out loud, but maybe that's the real point.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Siva Atom | Charge your devices with kinetic energy


The Atom is specifically designed to output a high quality, USB compatible 5V @ up to 500mA. In English, that means that if your device can be charged with a USB connection (iPhones, and iPods, Galaxy phones, GPS trackers, etc.), then it will take a charge from the Atom. The 500mA charge rate is the same as the USB output from your computer, which means your device will go from fully flat to fully charged, just as fast on the bike as it would sitting on your desk.
We worked hard to keep the Atom low profile. Weighing in at only 300 grams, it is 7.5” tall, 3.0” wide, and 1.2” deep, including all component parts. We like to think of it as a beefy iPhone.
Integrated seamlessly into the body is a 1300mAh battery pack (compare vs. iPhone 5’s 1440mAh) that charges wherever you go. This means a 75% charge on your iPhone 5 from dead flat, anywhere you need it. Your bike just got powerful…and so did your pocket. [Siva Atom]

Bike Commuting is Economical and Healthy for You and the Planet | Light & Motion


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By Cyril Jay-Rayon
As an endurance MTB cyclist and adventure athlete, I know how proper nutrition can help you reach your performance goals. However, if you don’t stay active and on the move, especially during the long winter months, don’t count on any food to keep you healthy and fit. That’s why my secret “superfood” is not a supplement or food at all. It’s commuting to work on my bike. And, here’s why. Commuting to work on your bike is the best way to find time you thought you didn’t have to stay active on a regular basis.
I live in Los Angeles, one of the least bike friendly cities in the US, but I found a good route to ride to work. My car commute is a minimum of 35 minutes to work. When I ride, it’s 1 hour and more reliable so I know exactly how long it will take me to get to and from work. So, for less than 1 hour more of commute, I get 2 hours of exercise per day. An obvious side benefit to all this bike commuting is that the car stays in the driveway saving me on gas, car maintenance, and reduces my carbon footprint.
OK, I have to admit that my current commute is unique and enjoyable because part of it is on a bike path along the beach. Yeah, I know. It’s pretty sweet. But, the rest is through busy city streets. And, before this commute, I lived in Seattle where I commuted in the rain and freezing cold in the winter. And, before that, it was even tougher as I lived in Quebec where riding involved snow tires in winter but still doable and exciting. With the right gear, you can commute almost anywhere.
If bike commuting at night is a concern, take a look at the incredible recent improvements in bike light technologies. I feel safer riding on city streets at night because I’m simply more visible with my Light & Motion lights. At night I like to be well lit so I go all in! I don’t cut corners when it comes to being seen. Besides, the cost of the light system is quickly paid for by not paying for gasoline and it’s a good investment in safety.

Hammerhead Navigation | Dragon Innovation


Say more with less

You want the information you need in a clear and distilled manner. We designed Hammerhead to show you everything you need while not distracting you with text, small graphics or the need for headphones. We developed cues and signals; much like those used by racecar drivers or fighter pilots. It works well in all light and weather conditions. You can even customize the light array within our app to suit your preferences.

Discover

Pull out our app. Discover a great ride based on your preferences: hills, distance, scenery or difficulty. Hammerhead will guide you through the route seamlessly with safe, simple, and intuitive turn-by-turn instructions.

Share

Know an awesome ride? Or a better way to get through a city? Share your favorite rides with friends and the community. Our app makes it dead simple to send routes to others. Instead of just talking about it, share that ride that you know so well and get rewarded in the app for your contributions.

What it shows you

The lights are bright RGB LEDs. They are capable of a wide range of signals including:
Center light array:
  • Distance to turns. Distance to destination. Distance to top of a climb. U turn.
  • Segment start and end. Relative segment speed.
Top array:
  • Primary turns. Right & left. Exit at a circle.
  • Red dot sliding compass - for accurate off road navigation.
Front and sidelights:
  • Bright headlight: Night visibility. Can be dimmed or flashed.
  • Side lights: Indicate turns to cars. Side visibility.

Strava, MapMyRide - in real time

We are big fans of Strava, MapMyRide and some of the other biking apps out there. We believe you should experience them in real time. Hammerhead gives you turn-by-turn navigation from the routes and segments that you want to ride from your favorite app. 

Compete live

We believe that competing in real time beats waiting to see how you did when you get home. Hammerhead will show you your start, end and goal speed for each moment in a segment, and how far off it you might be. Don’t compete blind. Make your efforts count.

Catch friends

Hammerhead guides you to meet up with riding buddies that are out on the roads. Join group rides without having to coordinate meeting times and locations.

Off road

Hammerhead is also at home on the trail. Its internal compass and unique red dot pursuit will guide you through the wilderness. Navigate anywhere from trails to the open desert. All with the same safe and simple turn-by-turn light instructions that you’ve grown to love on the roads.

Long battery life

Our app is ultra efficient, and your smartphone screen remains off. Your smartphone will run for over 5 hours while working with Hammerhead. As for the device itself,we built in the latest LiPo technology to ensure the Hammerhead will last for over 20 hours before recharging via micro USB.

Highest accuracy location

Because Hammerhead uses your smartphone’s GPS system, you get a more accurate GPS reading than you would with most standalone GPS units. Don't stand around waiting to acquire satellites -- go ride. Our app pre-loads route information. Venture into the unknown without needing cell service to navigate.

Bike share

The new bike share systems arising nationwide are awesome. We have designed Hammerhead to be able to snap right onto them and guide you around through the urban maze. Hammerhead will even show you how much time you have left on the bike as well as take you to the nearest available docking station with ease. Make urban bike share a complete solution. 

We are close

The Hammerhead is more than a year deep in development and testing. It is a truly unique product - there is simply nothing like it. It solves a really big problem – safer, more efficient bicycle navigation – while being really affordable. We need your support to enable us to scale Hammerhead and get it to you. We have partnered with the best minds in manufacturing and software to get you this revolutionary product for the spring riding season.

Join us

We ask you to do two things:
  • Share this page with your friends who bike. They will thank you for putting them at the cutting edge.
  • Back it and become one of the first to have social bike navigation.
Together we will unlock the safe, awesome biking routes that are hiding in plain sight.
Thank you!
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