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Tuesday August 13, 2013 | 08:12 AM

If you're like me, you're probably constantly admiring the rides of others.

It may not exactly be coveting, because your bike is surely one you'd hate to part with, but someone else may have a super cool seat pack or a bike that's a color you just can't miss (mine happens to be bright orange and royal blue, which is a color combo I think can't be beat).

If you're looking to own a bike that's truly unique, head online to RepublicBike.com where you can design your own. From wheels to chain to seat to colors for all of the above, you can create a bike that you can rest assured you'll never see traveling down the roadway being pedaled by someone else.

But first, a little history about Republic Bike ...

Thursday April 11, 2013 | 09:08 AM

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.

Thursday October 04, 2012 | 11:12 AM

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.

Friday August 24, 2012 | 10:12 AM

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.

Friday August 10, 2012 | 07:30 AM

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.