You’ll save some space when you give your bike a hug with the Clug

Nifty clip holds bike in place, saves you some major space

Thank goodness for Kickstarter — otherwise, how else would we find out about ridiculously awesome concepts like Clug?

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Yes, what you see above is a clip, but be warned — this is no ordinary clip. You see, it’s a bike clip, which can get applied just about anywhere, for the purpose of holding one’s cycle upside down, securely and in place, thereby saving you some serious space.

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Awesome safety app for cyclists

Real-time tracking app lets family and friends track rider en route

There are a million apps out there for today’s cyclist to peruse, but one in particular just came out, and is definitely worth sharing. “RoadID” is what it’s called, and while you might’ve heard that name before, its latest iteration is worth sharing because it can be used as a means of letting friends and family track a cyclist’s progress in real time.

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What’s more, if the cyclist stops moving for more than five minutes, a notification is sent to that friend / family member, alerting them that the rider might be in trouble.

Also worth noting, the app has a lock screen that displays all vital information about the cyclist for first responders to review when they arrive at the scene (hopefully it never has to be used). Information displayed includes the user’s name, city and state, three emergency contacts, and important medical information (e.g. allergies, medical history, blood type, etc.)

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Obviously, the app can be used for other activities like running, walking, or hiking — basically anything you can take your Bluetooth portable speaker with you. The way the user’s friends and family members can view the status of the cyclist / road warrior is via link, which can be sent by email or text prior to hitting the road.

Beyond emergency situations, the app also makes it easy for riders to track each other down for a meet-up on long rides. So it’s not all doom-and-gloom—it can also be used for on-the-fly get-togethers.

RoadID is free, and can be downloaded via the Apple store.

Monster truck trike crushes everything in its way while keeping the rider from sinking in snow and sand

Standard Bearer Machines’ new Juggernaut is all muscle

It’s hard to look tough when riding a trike, but if you’re ever seen riding this three-wheeled cycle of muscle, you’ll probably get more “oohs” and “aahs” then laughs and mocks.

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Taking full advantage of the rising fad that is fat-tired bikes, Rungu’s new Juggernaut adds a third wheel to not only crush anything that gets in the rider’s way, but also make it easier to ride on soft surfaces.

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The aforementioned soft surfaces would, of course, be sand snow, which fat tire bikes are designed for. With the additional front wheel, the bike is less likely to sink or get stuck; it also adds stability and helps the rider stay balanced when traversing uneven surfaces.

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The two front wheels turn together thanks to some intelligent linkage assembly, and with all the bracket space plus two handlebars, there’s plenty of room for multiple Bluetooth speakers to be clipped on.

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Do note that while this bike is probably every bit as awesome as it sounds, there is a LARGE price tag associated with owning such a well-engineered piece of cyclary. Starting price: $2500.

Plus tax.

Plus shipping.

Maybe I’ll just sit here and admire the bike via the promo video the group put together instead:

Hipsters rejoice! Turn table cuts vinyl as song plays, so you can now own your very own custom-cut record

New technology from German engineer debuts at this year’s SXSW festival

Many baby boomers have spent countless hours converting their vinyl records to MP3 files so that they can listen to their favorite songs on the go, whether it’s by headphones or Bluetooth portable speaker.

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A German engineer by the name of Souri Automaten has done just the opposite. His technology is called “Vinyl Recorder” and it’s an effortless way to cut a new record in the time it takes for a song to play all the way through.

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To use it, the user connects the record lathe to a music player and hits play (hard, I know). Once everything’s in motion, a diamond stylus will cut the vinyl record in real-time based on the sound vibrations produced from the playing music.

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Vinyl Recorder made its debut on the trade floor at this year’s SXSW. One thing to definitely note about this is that it ain’t cheap—at $4,000, it’s not for your average hipster. What it could be cool for is bands who want to create limited-edition vinyls of new releases without having to meet the minimum quota larger facilities impose on them.

Check out Automaten’s Vinyl Recorder in action below:

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