Bicycle Barometer: Bike Or Ride Train To Work?

Bicycle Barometer by Richard J. PopeThe Bicycle Barometer by Richard J. Pope is doing more than just tracking the weather to determine the best way to get to work each day – it’s also receiving information about his local rail station (open/close, delayed) and the amount and type of precipitation. Mr. Pope made the Bicycle Barometer from an old clock he found at a flea market and he’s posted information on his site so DIY’ers in the UK can build their own. [OFTCC via Neatorama]


Reusable Sports Helmet: Giro’s Combyn Is Constructed To Absorb Repeated Impacts.

Giro Combyn Sports HelmetUnplanned “one-impact” obsolescence no more! Giro’s Combyn snow-sports helmet is one of those “why didn’t somebody think of that sooner” ideas. Unlike most sports helmets that are only considered safe pre-impact, the snug fitting Giro Combyn has been designed to receive multiple impacts and always bounce back. How does it work? From Outside Online:

“The Combyn uses a patent-pending, impact-absorbing liner made with Vinyl Nitrile (VN) foam. The liner features two distinct layers of foam that allow the helmet to manage both high- and low-energy impacts across a wide range of temperatures. Unlike traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP) helmet liners, Vinyl Nitrile is soft and flexible. Layered with a proprietary shell material originally developed for football and hockey helmets, the result is a shell that delivers a comfortable and flexible fit with unmatched durability.”

The only way Giro could improve on their helmet technology is by expanding their lineup to a bicycle version. I’ve had the same bike helmet for 10+ years and it still uncomfortably works but it’s worn to the point that I’m basically wearing a styrofoam cooler on my head. Giro – please make a bicycle Combyn soon! [Gizmodo]


Orp: Loud Dual-Tone Bike Horn And LED Light.

ORP - LED Light and Dual-Mode Bicycle HornOrp might be the perfect bike accessory. It’s a USB rechargeable, waterproof LED beacon light and dual-tone bicycle horn that should find a home with cyclist. Orp’s 87 lumens LED light works in three modes – slow strobe, fast strobe and constant on – and its integrated horn can go from an “on your left” 76 db to a “you in the car, wake up” 96 db.

Orp’s creators, Tory Orzeck and his team in Portland, are now looking for funding on Kickstarter. A $45 donation will get you an Orp that will eventually retail for $49.95. [Core77]


Is The $5500 Volitude Fold-Up Pedal-Assist Swiss-Army Electric Bike Worth Getting?

Volitude V1 Pedal-Assist Electric BikeThe Volitude V1 kind of looks like a roided-up Razor scooter with pedals and a seat. At $5500, the Volitude V1 weighs 60 lbs, is speed-limited to 16 mph and has a range of 25 miles**. Recharging the removable battery takes approx 4 hours to hit 80% charge and 6 hours to fully recharge.

So should you buy it? The Volitude V1 looks like it would be a lot of fun to ride around my imagined mansion grounds but I don’t think I would ever commute with it. And the fact that it’s speed-limited to 16 mph or less wouldn’t allow me to outrun the taunts of other cyclists and teasing kids.

Who would buy the Volitude V1? Thanks to its compact size, the Volitude V1 would be great for a designated driver taxi service. Price is still steep but Swiss engineering isn’t cheap. [Gizmag]

**Range depends on the terrain and how much the rider pedals.


Designed By Didi Senft: Santa On A Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Bicycle.

Santa on a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer bicycle.  -  Didi SenftIn addition to building the world’s largest bicycle, German bike designer Didi Senft can now add the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer bicycle to his list of accomplishments. Sure beats the usual gas-powered parade float. [Laughing Squid]


The Loud Bicycle Horn Is GENIUS!

The Loud Bicycle Horn from Loud Bicycle.The Loud Bicycle Horn is a great idea that will allow cyclists to share the same sound/warning footprint as a car. Currently, bike riders are only able to alert drivers of their presence by yelling at them or via hand gestures. Here are its features:

  • Sound: is like a typical car horn, both in volume and pitch.
  • Honk: for up to 30 seconds at a time.
  • Batteries: are rechargeable Li-ion batteries that will last 1-2 months.
  • Button: snaps on to either handlebar and honking does not interfere with braking.
  • Weather resistant: works in rain, sleet and snow.

The neutral car horn sound will make the road safer for cyclists by warning drivers without escalating the situation. The current warning system of calling a driver a “shithead” won’t be necessary and instead of offensively giving the finger, cyclist will choose to use that finger and activate their Loud Bicycle Horn. The Loud Bicycle Horn is currently fundraising on Kickstarter. [Laughing Squid]