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Friday, January 14, 2011

Rael: a road bike with a rear view camera! [via bicycle design]

Rael: a road bike concept by Evan Solida

I have posted about Evan Solida’s Cervellum Hindsight digital rearview camera a few times in the past. In a post last August, I mentioned that the concept is moving forward and will be ready to ship sometime this year. Accident recording capability is something that people hoped for in earlier versions of the concept, and Evan explains that it will be available in the final product:
Accident recording, a patent-pending technology, is done by continuously recording loops of video both for ward and behind the bicycle. With the integrated G-sensor, the Hindsight 60 can detect large impacts and will cease recording 10-seconds after any major shock, leaving the cyclist with actual video evidence of whatever occurred leading up to the accident.”

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Pioneer Android-based Cyclocomputer : DigInfo (Thanks Tim!)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rapha announces a bike line!

Beginning January 2011 and for the next two years, Rapha has partnered with four masters of framebuilding to offer four distinct, hand-made bicycles. Each partner has been selected because of the mastery of their craft and passion for road cycling. With each partner we have created a model constructed uniquely for a particular style or purpose of riding:
The ‘Every Day’ from Beloved
Hand-built in Portland, OR by Chris King, this is the ideal bicycle for racing through the city.
See the bike »

The ‘Continental’ from Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira |
The perfect ‘go anywhere’ bicycle. Constructed for all surfaces and types of weather, this is the year-round racing and training bicycle.
See the bike »

The Independent Fabrication ‘XS’
Long heralded as the utmost in performance and comfort. Proven again on the ‘Crazy Bet’ in 2008, the XS is the ultimate choice of any sportive rider.
See the bike »

The Cinelli ‘XCR’
The choice of the Criterium racer. Fabricated with oversized Columbus XCR stainless tubing, this bicycle is made for diving fearlessly into corners.
See the bike »

Each of these bicycles are unique to our partnership with the four builders and will be offered for no more than two years. The bicycles all share a Rapha color palette that has been interpreted by the makers. All boast a custom Rapha headbadge that was inspired by the serial plate of the Rapha H-Van.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Don't want to pedal to the top of mountain? Get an Ego Kit!

E-powered Kit for downhill bikes

At the beginning there was the downhill track, but shortly after there was the question: How do we get up again? Not willing to stick with cable cars, the young downhillers from Ego-Kits looked for a solution to bring their heavy bikes back up the hill.

The problem was solved by applying an e-powered engine to the bikes, that offers enough power to drive the rider back up the trail. The intelligent construction with the engine can be attached to 70% of commercially available downhill bikes and turns your normal bike into a true uphill machine.

The power comes from a high performance battery pack that offers 1200 watt, which is carried in a backpack and therefore does not change the ride dynamic of your bike. More power means more time on the trails. Only you and your Ego.

[ego-kits website]

Efficiency for your Urban Ride [via Momentum Planet]

MIND THE GAP - URBAN BIKING: Optimizing Your Urban Ride from Laura J. Lukitsch on Vimeo.

A webisode by Laura J. Lukitsch of Mind the Gap Productions about how to improve your efficiency on your urban bike commute.

Ride with Larry Movie

Ride with Larry (trailer) from Ride with Larry on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


By: Steve Magas, December 31, 2010


As 2010 draws to an end I am announcing the beginning of an exciting new project.  I have begun collecting the accident reports of every fatal bike crash in Ohio for 2010.  My plan is to review these reports independently in order to figure out what happened and why in each case, to search for common themes, mistakes and problems and to provide a written summary of my findings.
I am NOT a “researcher” per se and am not entirely familiar at this point with the tools that most researchers use to gather data.  My thought is not to review numbers and publish “statistics” but to review the public records and analyze each crash separately, independently and in detail.  It’s not that I’m afraid of math – I have a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati.  Here, though, the data pool is small enough to permit a thorough review of each crash.
So what gives me the right to think I can tackle this project?  Well, I  have reviewed and legally analyzed thousands of crash reports in my 28 year career as a trial lawyer.  I have been the “first chair” trial lawyer in hundreds and hundreds of crash cases – both on the plaintiff’s side and working for the insurance company defending the claim.  I have handled more than 250 “bike” cases – cases where bike riders have been involved in crashes caused by errant motorists operating cars, trucks, school busses, SUV’s pulling trailers and more, as well as crashes caused by dogs, defective components, kids riding “Big Wheels” and more – crashes occurring on roads, parking lots, bike trails, sidewalks and crosswalks.  I have been lucky enough to have worked with, and cross-examined, top-notch forensic people – bicycle accident reconstructionists, forensic pathologists, human factors experts, engineers, bike design & manufacturing experts, helmet experts.  I believe I am well qualified to review these reports, analyze the data and independently review the findings  of “fault” made by local law enforcement.
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