bikespeed

Great stuff by Biologic for bikers with an iPhone.

Biologic has this fantastic new stuff for geeks. They announced their new iPhone app, BikeBrain Lite, which turns your iPhone into a cycle computer: it gives you GPS-mapping, speed, distance, altitude, elapsed time, … And it will be downloadable for free from the Apple App Store.

External image

Next they introduced the ReeCharge Dynamo Kit which allows you to use the power generated by your hub dynoma to charge your iPhone on your bike through the ReeCharge Case and ReeCharge Case Bracket.


Eurobike 2011: Demo Day.

Wow. What a beautiful day this was. A sun-drenched, absolutely enjoyable day. It all started with a spectacular breakfast on the eighth floor of our hotel. Man, the Bodensee really is blindingly beautiful on a day like this.

External image

And then we were off on our way to Friedrichshafen. Me on my Birdy, which as of today no longer is my favorite folding bike. My wife on a second-hand Gazelle which was the first bike we could lay hands on since the unfortunate bike theft of last week. We took the ferry to Meersburg.

External image

Demo Day was absolute fun. It looked as if we had arrived at some Western scene.

External image

We went for several test rides in very beautiful surroundings. My first test ride was on a Cannondale. A Jekyll. So I went for the black track. It’s been a long time since I’ve ridden a mountain bike. And there was this absolute slippery track in the woods. I saw a little boy slip and fall down at least 20 meters. Luckily, he was unharmed. That was when I got off the bike.

External image

Great bike but too many bells and whistles. For me that is.

Next, I tried a folding bike which made me regret I ever bought my Birdy: the brand new Tern. Not the Eclipse unfortunately (there was some problem with the ‘rotor’ (?) but its smaller-wheeled cousin. Alfine 11 and all. If you’re considering a Birdy, try Tern first. If you’re considering a Brompton and you intend to use it for the commute only, by all means buy the Brompton. But this tern made a huge impression on me. I took it for a spin in the beautiful landscape surrounding Demo Day. It rides smoothly. I was never under the impression I was actually riding a folding bike. Even on steep hills, the bike did great. Gosh, I want one. And as for the Alfine 11, one word: super!

External image

External image

We both tried some E-bikes as well and were very much impressed with the Bosch engine on the Blue Label and Culture bike by Riese & Müller.

External image

External image

More later. 

External image

Torch: the halo for bikers who are not planning on going to heaven any time soon.

Maybe you’re familiar with Kickstarter. And if you’re not, head over there as soon as you can. That is, after you’ve read this post. Rest assured: I’ll keep it brief. Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform where – amongst others – you will find brilliant projects concerning bicycles. This one is by Nathan Wills. He’s planning on making this helmet that will give you a –potentially– life saving halo in the dark. It’s super cool. But he still needs some backers. So, hurry over there by clicking on the widget below. You know what to do!

A lighter bike only makes sense if you cannot get anymore weight off the cyclist.

Laugh all you want, but it is insights like these that make a man’s life so much simpler. Think about it. That last little overweight that is so hard to get rid off by simply cycling a lot, might just save you wads of cash next time you’re drooling over another nifty, hydro-formed carbon bicycle. Simply picture the airy frame incessantly competing against your gravitation and you’re instantly entering a world of new opportunities. Really.

Although it may come as a shock first, steel frames become an option again. Yes, steel. And once you’re at peace with this idea, you will become aware of the extreme beauty of truly superb bikes you wouldn’t even have considered before.

Behold this single speed Cielo 29 by Chris King. It is an amazing bicycle. And all the tubing is –of course– steel. If I would be in the market for a mountain bike (and when I say ‘if’, I really mean a huge IF), I would really be considering this one. 

External image

Honestly, when you expect your bike to do the slimming, you’re not thinking straight. ;-P