Yes, cycling is awesome. An activity enjoyed by many. Before we kick off this month's bike design discovery list, I'd like to kick off proceedings with a wee quote. “This is just a bicycle, not a ticket to your dreams. It’s not a black and white poem immortalised in black and white photography. It doesn’t notice if you’re suffering nobly through wind and rain. Or care if your ride is epic enough. But it does leap forward when you push the pedals. It dives and carves and sprints. It gives back exactly what you put in. And of course, it can make you feel really damn awesome".
On that cheery note, here are this month's bike-related discoveries.
TAGMI ADHESIVE GRAPHICS KIT
How many times have you dreamed about pimpin’ up your ride? Once? Twice? Every weekend? Now, how many times have you actually executed those DIY dreams? I’m guessing rarely. Ahhh those ‘shoulda coulda wouldas’ – they always get ya. Tagmi, a simple product looking to make the process of bicycle re-design a little simpler. The Tagmi adhesive graphics kit allows you to customise your bike in dozens of funky designs to satisfy every personality and mood. Each kit contains 7 custom designed pieces printed on a special polymeric film. Much more than a simple sticker, this material withstands water, UV rays and abrasions, and can last up to five years. Not bad for 49 euros. Watch the Tagmi video over at cyclr | cyclr.com Learn more about Tagmi at fixyourbike.it
Available in a variety of colours, the ‘db revO’ wheel converts ordinary bicycles into electric models. And all this is achieved through simply replacing one’s front wheel. The wheel is controlled by a small wireless console that mounts on the handlebars and controls the power and offers information about the ride. Produced in 20-inch and 26-inch models, ‘db revO’ fits a range of bicycles, and comes in a variety of colours. Currently white, red, magenta, orange, yellow, green, blue, and grey wheels are available. A few of the unique features: 1. Converts normal bicycles in to an electric Bike, in approx. 30 minutes 2. All wiring and related components including motor is cleverly stored within the framework of the wheel. 3. Conveniently, the dbRevo can be inflated with normal bicycle pump. In theory it’s a pretty decent idea. I do have a few concerns however. 1. At £799.99 it costs more than my bicycle! 2. Without some form of locking system, I give it 25 days max on most city streets before some wannabe bike thief nabs it. Learn more about the product at amazon.com
Denny by TEAGUE + Sizemore Bicycle
The Denny bike is about returning the rider to those early days of carefree riding, when cycling was just about ‘get up and go’ freedom—the reason we all fell in love with bikes in the first place. It’s inspiration? The diverse community and unpredictability of their home, Seattle. From the auto-shifting electric assist, smart reactive lighting, integrated locking and the redefining of the fender, they’ve created the purist biking experience possible for Seattle riders. Now you don’t have to worry about the hills, rain or an impromptu ‘farmer’s market’ trip. Denny is the “all in” cycling solution that meets security, safety and importantly convenience needs. Ultimately, the Denny bike was born from a simple premise, ‘an everyday bike that removes the barriers to becoming an everyday rider’. Learn more about Oregon Manifest at oregonmanifest.com
KIT BIKE BY LUCID DESIGN
Yes we love em', but let's be honest, bikes are awkward designs. Just ask anyone who ever wanted to take a bike along on a cycling tour abroad or packed one up for a move across the country. They are a packers worst nightmare. Lucid Design is on a mission to remove such pain with a new design concept – the ‘Kit Bike’. The bike is made from aluminum tubes that twist together and can be secured using a key. When it’s not in use, the parts and wheels can each be stowed in sections in a custom-designed bag. “We tried to make assembly as simple as possible,” says Mirchandani. “We could make it even simpler, if we were to take this idea further, by clearly marking connectors with graphics. I would imagine that you would need very little mechanical skills to put this together. We believe it would be easier than most flat-pack furniture.” The kit bike is still in concept stage, so it’s hard to judge how people would use the bike when the bike becomes available. But as it stands, it’s a pretty interesting idea with bags of potential. Learn more about the Kit Bike and Lucid Design at lucid.co.in
Cast your mind back to that bike ride on a windy day. Now reflect on that moment a car crept up on you out of nowhere, without a sound. Completely unaware of the approaching vehicle until it was right on your arse. Annoying right? If only there was a way to shut the wind up or a device that blocked the winds noise out. Well now there is. And obviously, I’m referring to the latter of the two remedies. Wind-Blox, a nifty innovation born from the USA, is a bicycle safety product that attaches to helmet straps and blocks wind noise while riding. With less noise, riders can also hear voices and the surrounding sounds, providing a more enjoyable ride. Unassuming, simple and totally brilliant. I want two! Learn more about the WindBlox and see the complete collection at Wind-Blox.com
Stique ML123 Multilever
Cycling multi-tools are like phone cases, in that everyday a new innovation pops onto the scene. The 'Stique ML123 Multilever’ is todays multi-tool of the moment. Well, on Cyclr at least. So what is it? Some refer to it as the cyclists 'Swiss Army penknife”. A comparison I’m ok with as it makes my job explaining it that little easier. The ML123 pretty much does everything. You need a tool for your bike, this bad boy has it packed away within it chassis. It’s a pretty neat design, hard to fault a product that does everything well. Learn more about the 'Stique ML123 Multilever’ at Kickstarter.com
MICHAUX SADDLE BAG
The Michaux Saddle Bag - a small and compact bag for the everyday essentials. More than just a saddlebag, the convertible straps allow wearability for a variety of occasions off the saddle - hence the name Shadow (as in, like a shadow, it will go everywhere with you, wink wink). The interior is just the right size for a wallet, one’s makeup and a smartphone. Reflective details add a little cycle chic whilst increasing visibility. Learn more about the Michaux Saddle Bag and many more wonderful hand crafted British-made cycling accessories at Michaux.cc
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