New e-bike connects with your smartphone

Cycle taps the technology resources of a user’s smartphone to make for a better ride

Here’s something you don’t get to write every day — check out this e-bike from Croatia!

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The cycle you see above is the Visiobike, and what makes it so cover-worthy is not that it’s a nifty-looking e-bike, but rather the fact that this nifty-looking e-bike hooks up to one’s smartphone, allowing the rider to use the unique combination of the two to do things like unlock the bike, track one’s speed, or check to see what’s behind the rider using the cycle’s built-in rear camera.

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Now, having the smartphone cradle on the bike’s handlebars obviously impedes on the space allotted for our Bluetooth portable speaker holder, but I suppose we can make a bit of room for this awesome piece of technology.

The Visobike hooks up to the phone via Bluetooth technology, and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Along with the aforementioned functions, the phone can also display a GPS map of the rider’s surrounding area, and any sort of fitness tracking program it’s running will see the data sent to a cloud for review later on.

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There’s also automatic accident reporting and emergency alert if the Visiobike detects any sort of impact. As far as security, the bike comes equipped with GPS tracking and a motion sensor, so its owner knows its whereabouts at all times.

The sporty looking, mountain bike-esque Visiobike has a carbon fiber body, enormous 180mm/160mm hydraulic disc brakes, and a SR Suntour fork. Altogether, the thing weighs, 46.3 pounds, which might be a lot for some, but remember – it is an ebike. There are two versions available, with two different motors: one provides 250W and the other 500W of power, with top speed being either 15.5 mph or 31.1 mph.

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Worth noting: the bike doesn’t drive itself. Rather, it’s a pedelec, so the rider needs only to get on and start pedaling like they would with any normal bike. Once they start going up a hill, the motor kicks in, and it feels pretty much the same.

Visiobike’s lithium-ion, 14.5Ah battery lasts for around 62 miles. After it’s been depleted, the rider will need to plug the bike into an outlet, whereupon it’ll recharge in about three hours.

The Visiobike team just launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, with the goal of raising $245,178. Those interested in owning the bike can get the basic version with the weaker motor for $5,318. The better model (automatic transmission and rear camera included) will cost $6,749.

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:

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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Chain-free, foldable E-bike gets power from pedals

New Mando Footloose bike uses human to generate power

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Let’s put it out there: the Mando Footloose is not the first pedal-powered e-bike. There have been plenty of others like it on the market before, and there will be plenty of others to come.

Also, and this is just my humble opinion, the thing isn’t even the best looking e-bike on the market.

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But for what the bike lacks in looks and originality, it makes up for in its efficiency. You see, the Mando Footloose has completely eliminated the bicycle chain from the whole thing. You know, because bicycle chains are sooo 2011.

The reason — so that the power behind the cyclist’s motion gets translated directly into electricity.

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