Showing posts from May 10, 2015

What If You Didn't Need A Bike Lock, Because The Bike Rack Locked Your Bike For You?

Cyclists don't want to lug around locks heavy enough to truly protect their bikes. That's why this bike rack includes the lock, so all you need is a key. After his bike was stolen, product design student Mason Holden started combing Amazon for a better lock. The problem: It didn't exist. Even the best lock on the market was easily breakable with a few simple tools. So Holden teamed up with fellow Glasgow School of Art student  Daniel Harking  to design an alternative. The heavier a bike lock, the better it works. But since cyclists don't want to lug around a giant lock—one highly rated lock weighs 11 pounds, and it still can't stand up to a hacksaw—the designers took another approach. What if the cyclists didn't bring a lock at all? "The way we saw the problem was that there's a limit to the weight cyclists are willing to carry, and that's the limit of bicycle security," says Harking. "If you look at something like a house or car

VIA FERRATA from Summitride

VIA FERRATA from Summitride on Vimeo .

Try A Two-Wheeled Multi-Day Adventure @womensadventure

Pack It On Combine the freedom of backpacking with the increased mobility and speed of cycling and you get the fast-growing sport of bike packing. At its core, bike packing is exploring and camping from your bike. The variety of trips, terrain, and gear options make bike packing accessible to any level of cyclist. Travel on pavement, a bike path, fire roads, or singletrack. Haul gear with a trailer, panniers, frame bags, or bungees over your rear rack. Go on a leisurely overnighter or a week-long race. Whatever flavor of bike packing you fancy, the following skills will help you squeeze more enjoyment out of your journey. (Photo by Jereme Rauckman) Route Planning Bike packing routes range from steep singletrack to wide open fire roads and stretches of pavement. Knowing your route helps you figure out any adjustments you’ll need to make to your bike and plan what gear to bring. Follow these tips to chart a solid trip. Be flexible.  Weather changes, bikes break, legs turn to

16-Year-Old Hacks A $5 Cell Phone Charger For His Bike

Thomas, a 16-year-old has created instructions on Instructables for a DIY wind turbine that is attached to his bicycle. Charge your phone with the wind! It's made from some scrap parts, and some inexpensive electronic parts he has purchased. Charge your phone with the wind! In his words, "I go very often to cycle in the nature where is no electricity, and during a long bike tour my phone usually discharges. These smartphones have a large capacity but its consumption is big too. I made a few weeks ago another bike turbine for the Bicycle Contest, but I think I can make a better one. So created an all in one wind turbine power bank" The turbine shown mounted Materials • an old CPU fan • toroidal inductor • 2N2222 or 2N3904 or BC547 transistor • 5v step-up module, (boought on eBay) • germanioum diodes (5 pieces) • a small perfboard • an old phone battery or a 18650 cell • and a small switch • bike support element Th

Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights

Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights from Alastair Humphreys on Vimeo .