Le$$ is Mo' - Cycling
Designs that are: I - AESTHETICALLY PLEASING (or at the very least not too much of an eyesore). II - PRACTICAL (and at best multiuse). III - REASONABLY DURABLE…
PRIORITY BICYCLES Diamond. 99% of people who ride a bike will never be doing 100K rides or speeding down mountains. Or want to spend a minute fixing or tinkering their wheels. Hassle-free and good enough is the new black: Upright comfortable seating position, grease-free BELT DRIVE, 3-speed internal hub with internal braking, puncture-resistant tires. Thank you Dave Weiner.
4WARD Aero Tri Bars Under Mount Clip-On Handlebar. Having easy access to multiple riding positions makes longer rides much more comfortable than they'd otherwise be. But chances are you will really only be riding long stretches now and then rather than every day. That's why going clip-on just makes sense.
FLYKLY Smart Wheel. No pesky wires, battery packs or any other thingamajigs. Just a new waterproof wheel that is both lockable and trackable via app. Go on, electrify your bike and proudly say no to the naysayers. Bicycle is first and foremost a pretty damn ecological and light weight solution for short term transportation. Electricity makes it even more ecological since bicyclist no longer has to eat as much to get as far. Ask yourself can 200 million Chinese be wrong?
SLIDEPAD SureStop. DIY Retrofit Kit. Problem with most breaking systems is that regulating just enough breaking force is difficult without a bicyclist flying over the handlebars or ending in an uncontrollable slide. Slidepad is essentially ABS for bicycles. The best part? The whole system costs $50 and from now on you only have to worry about being able to control a single break lever. Priceless. Thank you Andrew Ouellet (US)
TORCH T1 Bicycle Helmet (366 g). Jury's still out whether wearing a helmet really is a good idea. But it's certainly better with an integrated and shatter proof front and back light. 12-hour battery. In-mold construction. 8 air vents, interior air channeling. Dial-adjust fit system. Removable interior padding. For next iteration they should try to include tiny Bluetooth receiver which would signal green turning lights from the handlebars. Thank you former auto designer Nathan Wills (US).
HAMMERHEAD One (200 g). Stop squinting! Now you can retire your paper maps and stop fumbling with your phone. You want to keep your eyes on the road as much as possible! The answer is using your peripheral vision. Hammerhead attaches to the handlebars of any bicycle and shows turn-by-turn cues with light patterns. Rugged exterior, 20-hour battery, and a front visibility light. Free use of the Hammerhead App for life. BOYPOWER: Piet Morgan, Raveen Beemsingh & Laurence Wattrus (ZAF/IND)
HÖVDING Airbag for cyclists (approx. 700 g). Yes, Hövding is heavier than your average helmet. But also weight distributes differently since you will be carrying it on your back and shoulders. Are your brain cells worth less than 300€? I didn't think so. Helmets are great - if you're into rock climbing. GIRLPOWER: Anna Haupt & Terese Alstin (SWE)