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GeoOrbital Wheel

You’ve already got a perfectly good bike, so why replace it, even if you’d like to go electric? With a GeoOrbital Wheel you don’t have to — instead, just swap out your bicycle’s front wheel for this one. A high-density flat-proof solid foam tire sits around a three-wheeled triangular aerospace-grade aluminum frame, the latter installing on your fork like any tire would. The integrated 500 Watt brushless motor kicks in at the push of a thumb activated throttle, effortlessly propelling you to a top speed of 20 miles per hour in seconds (and, interestingly, making your bike all-wheel drive should you spin the rear wheel yourself). Its large, removable 10Ah li-ion battery even doubles as a USB power bank to recharge your other devices, though if you don’t drain it too much with all your gadgets it’ll offer a range of 20 miles, or up to 50 miles if you pedal and do some of the work.

Check it out at Kickstarter – $650+

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560G Titanium Bike Lock

Typically, bicycle locks either weigh a lot or are highly susceptible to physical attack. Altor’s 560G Titanium Bike Lock is neither of these things. It weighs just 560 grams (1.23 pounds) — hence the name — and is made of grade 5 titanium, the same used in aerospace and marine industries, to survive various sustained attacks including freezing, chiseling, cutting, and even large bolt cutters. A push button locking mechanism allows for attaching without fiddling with your keys and its folding design closes up tight so it won’t take up much space on your ride or in your bag. And it’s easily long enough to wrap around both your rear wire and frame, though two can be combined for an even lengthier, more versatile chain-style lock.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $150+ [via]

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Velomacchi Speedway Roll-Top Backpack

It shows when you hop on a motorcycle with a pack that wasn’t made for riding. The Velomacchi Speedway Roll-Top Backpack, on the other hand, lets you ride as aggressive as you’d like, putting the weight of its contents as close to your center of gravity as possible. It’s made of weather-resistant 1000D competition fabric, adjusts without any trailing straps, and sports a unique magnetic sternum coupler that enables hands-free harness closure: just approach its two sides and they snap together firmly, releasing with a turn of the metal disk. The backpack is also packed with other features and organizational prowess that include an emergency contact information and key pocket, a quick-access side tool pouch, an aluminum helmet clip, a tire pressure gauge elastic sleeve, and a camera mounting plate.

Learn more at Velomacchi – $300 [via]

Tags: Bike, Gear, Packs
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Flectr Wheel Reflectors

The first thing we usually do when buying a new bike is tearing off all the repulsive wheel reflectors, if it came with any. And usually we won’t replace them, but the existence of Flectr Wheel Reflectors may finally sway us. Each Flectr weighs just about nothing at a featherlight 0.024 ounces (0.7 grams) and mount in seconds with no tools required: peel off the foil carrier, place one around the spokes, and press both side panels together. They’re weather-resistant, aerodynamic, and extremely reflective, deriving this property from the thousands of microprisms across their surface. The only downside is that they’re not technically reusable after they’ve been removed since the adhesive is single-use (though a bit of glue and elbow grease may remedy this).

Find them at Kickstarter – roughly $23

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Vanmoof Electrified S

It’s got an electric motor, as its name suggests, but you’d never guess by looking at it. The Vanmoof Electrified S is about as sleek as electric bikes could ever hope to be, with its electric motor, battery, and all associated electronics tucked away cleanly inside its aluminum frame. At 40 pounds it’s also one of the lightest on the market and gets, on a single charge, a total range of about 75 miles. Start pedalling and you’ll reach its assisted speed of up to 20 mph quickly, though on-tap acceleration via Power Boost augments the power output of the motor at the push of a button to effortlessly tackle headwinds and hills without having to spin the pedals frantically. It’s also chock-full of other high-tech features including keyless unlock — which unlocks the bike when you place your hand on its frame after detecting the presence of your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone — a touchpad screen that displays speed, distance, power lever, and battery life, and integrated front and back LED lights.

Preoder at Vanmoof – roughly $2,600

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Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottle

Never worry about running out of water again. The Fontus Self-Filling Water Bottle literally conjures water out of thin air, capturing moisture to condense and store it in an 800ml bottle. The Airo model does this via a small fan and a cooling condensation chamber that are both powered by a flexible solar mat that wraps around the bottle when not in use. It’s also available in a Ryde variant (shown) that’s built to fit under the top tube of your bicycle and harvests moisture faster by leveraging the air stream you cut through while riding. Both work best in high humidity and at higher temperatures, and both are compatible with remineralization capsules to turn the resulting distilled water into mineral water without much fuss.

Learn more at Indiegogo – $200+

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Omata One Analog Speedometer

You’d never know by looking at its analog readouts, but the Omata One Analog Speedometer has a digital heart. This bike computer features an internal GPS and records your ride with precision, displaying speed (in either mph or kph depending on the model), distance, elevation, and time with an interface that’s intuitive and surprisingly familiar, like a fusion of your car’s speedometer and a racing watch. It’s encased in aluminum and attaches to its mount with a clockwise quarter twist turn. And it charges up via a USB-C port, holding enough juice for about 24 hours of active riding time.

Grab one at Kickstarter – $500+

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Hexlox

Sure, you could secure your bike’s components by swapping out all its bolts with security bolts. But why bother when Hexlox can crank up the safety of the bolts already on your bike? Installation is simple: push your unique key with a Hexlox at the end into your unsecured hex bolt, turn, then pull off the key. To remove, push the key into it and pull it straight out. Magnetic attraction locks it to the bolt, but since it’s magnetically shielded using magnets won’t get it out any easier than tweezers, pliers, or lock picking tools. And it’ll secure everything from your wheels to your handlebars and seat post since they’re available in most common bolt sizes, including 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm.

Read more at Kickstarter – roughly $25+

Tags: Bike, Gadgets
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Coast Cycles Ruckus

Simple in style and resembling a scaled-up version of the bike you probably rode as a child, Coast Cycles’ Ruckus is more than meets the eye. This cruiser boasts a sturdy cromoly frame and custom high rising handlebars that give it a laid back feel. What’s more, its extra-long custom seat lets a passenger jump on without much fuss. Get it in singlespeed, with a Shimano Claris 8-speed shifter, and with optional electric motor assist.

Arriving next month. Learn more at Coast Cycles – $920 [via]

Tags: Bike, Rides
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Lenkr Type B Handlebar

Indulging the minimalist urban hipster within all of us, Lenkr Wooden Handlebars take your daily commute to the next level. Each Lenkr is comprised of two distinguished materials — walnut wood supported by an anodized aluminium core — melding together natural elegance and industrial innovation to create a timeless addition to your bike. Available in two types, A and B (for “modern” and “classic” bikes respectively), each is designed with the rider in mind. Type-B at one inch in diameter, fits any classic bike suspension and weighs in at just 160 grams, customizable with either silver or black finish. As the wood naturally ages the distinct character of your handlebar will subtly change over years of use. Additionally, both are made in Berlin and feature a UV protective varnish to guard against extensive sun damage, highlight the natural wood grain, and protect against a reasonable amount of rain.

Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $87

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