Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A friend spotted this very handy "perfect picnic bike" on Facebook, so I thought I'd share.
Just imagine pedaling to your next picnic (and that season is nearly upon us!) with all the supplies you need neatly stored away inside your bike frame.
That's the way the folks at Plano Cycling & Fitness roll. And it looks like all you really need is some decent carpentry skills and a little imagination to make one of your own.
If you're smart, you wear a helmet whenever you ride. It's a safety precaution you can't do without.
These days smart riders also take along a smartphone whenever they ride, which is just one more way to be safe. Have a flat with no spare tube? Call a friend for a lift. Get lost on the country backroads? Open your browser for a quick search for directions.
The question is, where do you carry that phone? A jersey pocket isn't the best idea when you're sweating and your shirt gets damp. A seat bag works, but it doesn't allow for super quick access.
Satechi's new Bikemate Slim Case 3 does. In fact, it gives riders constant access with a mount right on your handlebar stem.
When pedaling in the evening, you never want to find that your bike light has lost its power.
And it goes without saying that when you're anywhere, doing anything - even riding a bike - you never want to find that your cellphone has lost its charge.
Enter ECOXPOWER, the first pedal-powered LED headlight and phone charger.
What would you think about riding a bike you just pulled off your back? It weighs only about 12 pounds so carrying your transportation shouldn't be a burden.
Or what about a bike that has no seat so it helps you stay more fit and maintain a correct posture during your ride? It looks pretty funky so you can expect lots of attention.
These are just two of the inventions from the minds of bicycle creators found on IncredibleThings.com.
Check out the site and see what the future of cycling may bring.
What's the best way to decide if a bike is right for you? Try before you buy.
Mountain bikers get the chance to do that this Saturday when a truck filled with Santa Cruz demo bikes rolls through the gate at Bradbury Mountain in Pownal.
The event is hosted by Gorham Bike and Ski and riders are encouraged to come out and try models like the Santa Cruz Blur TR (above in green), Heckler or Tallboy (below in red) out on the trails. All you have to do is bring a credit card and valid driver's license to get in the saddle of a first-come, first-served demo cycle.