Whether you’re an urban bicycle commuter or an off-road mountain cyclist, bike season has arrived, and with it comes a slew of new models and accessories featuring smart and innovative design. On a mission to get a grip on the latest in bicycle technology and adornment, we caught up with a few die-hard cyclists to find out their must-haves. From a crash-sensing alarm to a Boulder-built bamboo bike, check out these items from their wish lists to keep you safe, stylish, and to help get your glutes in gear. Happy Riding!
For the ultimate townie, get a bike you barely have to pedal. The Electra Townie Go! adds a pedal assist (read: a motor!) to boost its pedaling power, helping on hills and long distances. Now you can really cruise around town.
A clever way to hide your keys while biking is right where you can see them: on your wrist. Pocketbands are silicone bracelets with a little slit to stash a key or a few dollar bills. Pocketbands are available in translucent and colorful opaque options.
If a pocket just won’t do, mount your iPhone or even a GoPro to your bike during rides with the Quad Lock’s Bike Mount Pro, one of the strongest mounts available. It snaps in and out of place so you can quickly grab your phone when you need it. The main complaint? Bike rides last longer than their iPhone batteries.
Out of pockets? The Transport Urban Bag holds pretty much everything you need without weighing down you and your pants. It looks like a messenger bag, sans bag. It’s essentially a large strap with multiple pockets for your travel necessities, including zippered-pockets to secure items like wallets. The main pocket is roomy enough for an iPad mini!
Defeat bicycle thievery with the BikeSpike, a covert GPS device that cleverly hides behind a water bottle carrier. With help from the cloud and your smartphone, BikeSpike can alert you if the bike moves, set off an alarm if the bike leaves its geo fence, and most importantly, tell you its location in real time. Off duty, it’ll track your ride and how many calories you burned.
THE BAMBOO BICYCLE
What happens when a designer at an architectural firm gets his hands on a bike frame? This beautiful bamboo bicycle and an award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
Meet Corey Collier, a Boulder entrepreneur and designer at Open Studio Architecture who married his design background with a love of cycling to create the Glissando bicycle. After earning an environmental design degree from University of Colorado Boulder, Collier took a sabbatical and competed for several years as a professional cyclist. “When I was done, I looked for a creative outlet,” he said. “How do I apply design to something I’m passionate about?”
It was then that he approached friend and CEO of Boo Bicycles Nick Frey, who sold bamboo bikes in his Fort Collins’ shop. The two collaborated and developed a concept that would not compete with, but rather complement Boo’s collection of performance bikes. “I was carving, shaping, twisting, and turning—using everything in my garage as a prototype,” said Collier.
The result was a high-end city bike made of bamboo and titanium. “The quality of the bamboo is really interesting, as it has been tested to have similar tensile strength to steel by weight, so it is strong and yet it has natural fibers similar to carbon fiber, so it absorbs bumps on road. It has the duality of material, and it’s fairly light,” he said. “It doesn’t take away from integrity; it’s not just aesthetic.” While Collier found inspiration from architect Charles Eames’ molded plywood chair, his vision was also driven by the material. “Bamboo made it elegant,” he said. “People love bamboo for flooring and banisters. The challenge was to apply that to a bike.“
Since the prototype launched, Glissando Bicycle Frames has begun producing the bamboo bicycle in small quantities. “I’ve always found interest in architects creating furniture, and this is my response to sort of a unique take on architects applying design to a product,” Collier said.
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