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'Stringbike' Replaces Bike Chain With Wire Pulley System

Meet the Stringbike, a new, chain-free bike that will solve all the problems you never even knew you had. Designed by a team of Hungarian cycling enthusiasts, the 19-gear Stringbike replaces the traditional chain apparatus with a significantly more complex wire and pulley system. Whenever a rider applies pressure to a pedal, a swinging arm swings back and forth on its shaft, and pulls the wire ar...

SoBi Social Bike Sharing System Saves Money, Gas, Earth

SoBi, or Social Bikes, is a new bike-sharing system being developed by urban planner and bike advocate Ryan Rzepecki. SoBi uses some of the concepts and technologies behind mobile social networking to connect cyclists with bikes -- and each other -- in ways that actually save money over traditional bike-sharing systems. Where traditional bike share systems require special docks placed at reg...

LiveRider Turns Your iPhone Into a Serious Bike Computer

As both a nerd and someone who is physically active, there are few things your writer loves more than combining a love for gadgets, stats and sweat. The $99.99 LiveRider iPhone kit turns your iPhone into a serious bike computer. Sure there are countless apps that can track your speed or map your route using GPS, but serious cyclists want more (and more accurate) info at their fingertips. LiveRide...

Unable to Call, Stranded Biker Uses Twitter to Call Ambulance

Last Tuesday, Leigh Fazzina was racing her bike through the woods in Connecticut when she suddenly drifted away from the rest of the cyclists competing in the mini-triathlon. As she was furiously riding downhill toward the main bike trail, her front wheel ran into some gnarly tree roots, and she crashed in a grand fashion. The 36-year old from Philly wasn't familiar with the Connecticut wilderne...

Solar-Powered 'Uplink' Gives Joggers That Goofy Look They Love

You can tell somebody is into exercise for the right reason (namely, to stay healthy, and not to get "totally ripped"), when they're willing to look completely goofy while doing it. "After all," says the true health nut, "the more comfortable I am, the further I can run/bike/speed-walk!" Well, sir, meet your new best friend: the Uplink. Designed by Adam Hammerman, this solar-powered personal s...

'Velosynth' Brings Synthesized Music, Non-Stop Party to Your Bike

Let's face it. Casually riding your bike around on a calm, summery afternoon might be a pleasant experience. But wouldn't it be a whole lot more pleasant if you could pedal around town and produce seizure-inducing synthesized music at the same time? With a device called the Velosynth, you can. As explained in this slightly annoying demo video from the creators at EFFALO, the Velosynth "allows ...

Californian Bikers Facing Cell Phone Ban

California banned texting while driving a motor vehicle more than a year ago, but now, one lawmaker wants to extend this ban to include cyclists. According to NPR, State Senator Joe Simitian drafted a law, which is currently in the Senate, that would make it illegal to use a cell phone while riding a bike. This ban seems like common sense to us, but, of course, reactions have been mixed. "These f...

Google Adds Biking Directions to Maps

Google Maps was already one of our favorite tools on the Web, thanks to its (borderline creepy) satellite images, (usually) reliable directions, and powerful search tools. The latest edition, though, has really endeared Google to many of us here at the Switched offices: biking directions. The specific navigation tool for cyclists joins existing options for driving, walking, and public transp...

Trek Stop: A Vending Machine for Bikes, Energy Bars

Fat kids want cake, skinny kids abstain, right? Whatever philosophy you subscribe to, chances are you'll only see the world's fittest stopping by a Trek Stop. This curious vending machine is currently parked in Madison, Wisconsin and enables cyclists to nab spare parts (an extra tube, patch kit, water bottle, etc.) or healthy snacks while rolling by. As for installation? Prepare to get greasy. [...