Remote control brake keeps young cyclists safe when biking near busy streets

Nifty gadget is easy to add on to the rear tire of bike

If you’re a parent of a young cyclist, then you’ve probably had – at the very least – half a million heart attacks while watching them ride in the street. To ease the parent’s trouble mind, a group of investors have developed a pretty cool, unique way to control the little biker: a remote-control bike brake.

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Referred to as the “MiniBrake”, this smart little gadget is fitted to the rear of the bike’s frame right above the tire. Its remote control has a range of just a little over 160 feet and when a parent becomes worried that their two-wheeling tot is going too fast or coming too close to an intersection, they simply push the remote control’s button and the MiniBrake clamps down on the tire.

Now while one might envision this brake causing the child to come to a screeching hault, whereupon they’re flipped head over the handlebars, the stopping motion happens over a distance of about 20 inches, so it’s fairly gentle, and gives the rider a chance to put his / her feet on the ground.

Worth noting: if MiniBrake detects the bike is broken or has a flat tire, the brake automatically applies till it gets fixed.

The device’s battery has a couple hours of charge to it, and shuts off when not in use; LEDs indicate how much charge is left, letting the user know when it needs a boost-up.

Right now, the device is on Indiegogo trying to secure funds to go into production. Being the supporters of all things cycling-related, we encourage you to check it out.

Bike light is as loud as a car horn

Headlight helps bikers let drivers know where they are on the road

Well here’s a nifty little gadget for your bike. It’s called the Orp, and it’s a $65 LED headlight that easily mounts and dismounts from any bike’s handlebars.

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The reason why it’s so expensive is because it’s function is two-fold; you see, it also serves as a horn. When triggered, it will release a loud-as-you-know-what shriek that can be heard inside a running car with its windows rolled up.

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How to use your smartphone as a bike lock

New mobile app brings modern-day solution to timeless product

If you live the biker’s lifestyle, then you know that bike locks are an essential part of the gear that you have to carry with you – right up there with a backpack and a Bluetooth, handlebar mountable speaker.

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The problem that I have with most of the bike locks I’ve owned in the past is remembering the combination or locating the key once I’m ready to lock the bike up. Call me lazy, call me irresponsible; regardless, dealing with either issue is a major hassle.

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That’s why I love the concept behind this app I came across the other day. It’s called BitLock and when you download it, your smartphone becomes the key to your bike lock.

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Check out this black box for bike riders

Device hooks up to handlebars and records ride in stunning clarity

Full-time mechanical engineer, part-time bike rider Cedric Bosch has put together a nifty little product that’s currently kicking ass on Kickstarter. It’s called “Rideye” and it is, more or less, a black box for bike riders that sits atop the handlebars, right next to your ultra-durable Bluetooth speaker (of course).

Bosch worked on the project for a little over a year before settling on the present design. He was initially inspired to create it after his close friend was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run bike accident last year. Rideye has the capability of capturing video footage that the authorities can use to identify these hit-and-run d-bags and bring them to justice.

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Inflatable bike helmet now ready for purchase

Helmet took seven years to develop, comes with high price tag

Biker wearing the Hövding invisible helmet

Like to ride a bike but hate to wear a helmet?

You’re not alone. Two women at the Faculty of Engineering at Sweden’s Lund University said that they “wouldn’t be seen dead in a polystyrene helmet” and so set out to create an invisible helmet that could protect the cranium, but still look good while riding around.

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The skull protector is called the Hövding invisible helmet and it took seven years to make. Basically, it looks like a scarf that the rider wears around their neck. What the casual onlooker doesn’t see is that within the fine piece of fashion accessory are a bunch of accelerometers and gyrometers that can tell whether a person is riding or if they’re involved in an accident. If it’s the latter, they shoot off a signal to an inflator that pumps helium into the scarf, turning it into an instantaneous airbag for your previously helmetless noggin.

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For those of you who want to see the still frame of just how fast the thing opens up:

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The whole thing is powered by an on-board battery that can be recharged via micro USB port.

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While it’s a pretty nifty concept, it unfortunately comes with a high price tag—$600 to be exact.

Not for nothing but that’s a lot of portable speakers.

Oh, and it’s a one-time use only . . . kind of like a fire extinguisher. A really, really expensive fire extinguisher.

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The Hövding invisible helmet comes in two sizes, small and medium, and for an additional $75 you can buy shells to change the size of the scarf.

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I guess if you’re willing to spend $600 on a one-time-use helmet, then what’s another $75, right?