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The above image may look like a piece of modern art, or perhaps the digestive system for a robotic man – but it is in fact parts for a 3D-printed titanium bicycle frame. Renishaw, an additive manufacturing firm based in the U.K., has joined forces with Empire Cycles to build a one-off titanium MX-6 mountain bike.
Empire Cycles already offers a production version of the bike but in aluminum, yet it has been long noted that titanium has a high Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) that is far greater than aluminum. One issue has been that titanium is also denser than aluminum, so the parts had to be altered and material not contributing to the overall strength removed.
Titanium is a perfect metal for 3D printing as it isn’t a traditional ore, and it now appears that the bike industry is looking to get rolling on this technology. The future could be printed bikes that can be faster to produce and likely even more affordable for the rider.
Press Release: First metal 3D printed bicycle frame manufactured by Renishaw for Empire Cycles
In baseball the catcher is padded up, and the batter wears a helmet. However, the pitcher has generally been left with little protection. For the upcoming Major League Baseball season pitchers can wear a padded cap, which should provide increased protection from batted balls.
This cap will be optional however, so not every pitcher to take the mount will be wearing one.
The newly approved caps, manufactured by 4Licensing Corporation subsidiary isoBlox, have been made available to pitchers for the ongoing spring training. We’ll have to see if pitchers will sport them for next month’s opening day.
[Via MLB.com: MLB approves padded cap for pitchers]
This month Olympus shows that it is still going tough. The Olympus TOUGH STYLUS TG-850, which comes out this month (MSRP: $249.99) can record video with natural motion via 60p recording at 60fps in Full HD 1080p, as well as high-speed via 120 fps at 640 x 480 or 240 fps at 320 x 240.
But more importantly this one lives up to its name. It is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof, and dustproof camera employs True-Pic VII processor and wide-angle 21–105 mm 5x optical zoom lens. Other features include 180 degree flip LCD monitor and 16 MP backlit CMOS sensor.
Olympus TOUGH STYLUS TG-850 Official Website
Paul Components has introduced a new bicycle Camera Mount that is designed to securely attach a GoPro camera to the top of a threadless stem. This mount is compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO Original GoPro cameras.
It is designed to replace the top cap of a 1 1/8-inch threadless stem and provides a way for the camera to view across the top of the handlebars and down the trail. The Paul Components’ Camera Mount can be attached directly to the camera’s case for a solid connection, or it can also be fitted with an articulated GoPro Pivot Arm for added adjustability.
Paul Component Official Website
Whether you’re looking to take a grand tour on your bike, or just like a bike bag with some style Arkel will have you covered. The company is now taking orders through March 15 for its custom Grand Touring Rear Panniers. Once all the orders are in the production will begin and the company has said bags will be delivered by May 1.
The hard part might be choosing from the six color options they’re offering. Read the rest of this entry »
Char Poles of Salt Lake City haven’t so much reinvented the ski pole, but it certainly has expanded the possibilities of what the pole can do. While these work like normal ski poles on the slopes these offer a variety of customizable options in the grips. This provides useable Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, while the end of the grip can be used as a monopod mount for a camera. The baskets at the end of the poles even offer a bottle opener.
Char Pole is now looking to a RocketHub crowd funding campaign to raise money. Now is your chance to get in a pole position. Read the rest of this entry »
Those preparing for the end of the world know to stock up on ammo – because once it is used up there won’t be more. As a backup there is always the Survival Slingshot, a multipurpose weapon that can shot slingshot balls and arrows. It features a whisker biscuit that allows a variety of arrows to be used.
It also has a rail system that can also hold a flashlight; while a compass will let you know what direction you’re headed. This certainly isn’t Bart Simpson’s or Dennis the Menace’s slingshot! More like something Rambo might use.
Survival Slingshot Official Website
There is much hatred of the 1%, but at the same time 1% has seemed to be the default. No, we’re not talking about politics or economics. We’re actually talking about how there has been a long standing debate as whether 1% should be the default setting on a treadmill incline to simulate outdoor running. The idea is that running on a treadmill with a slight incline simulates the need to displace the air in front of the runner.
Casey Kerrigan, founder and president of Oesh Shoes, says that there is no science out there to support this theory.
In her blog she writes:
“What many people don’t realize is that in that same study, there was no difference in energy between running outside and on a treadmill with 0% incline for speeds up to 7.5 miles per hour (equivalent to a 8 minute mile). In any event, if you feel like it’s easier to run on a treadmill, all you have to do, is increase the speed.”
[Via Runner’s World: Biomechanics Expert Debunks Treadmill-Running Myths]
[Via Oesh: My Scientific / Personal Advice for Treadmill Training]
If you can’t get out and ride you can still enjoy bicycles on the table. The Schwinn Biking Game allows two to eight players – ages four an up – to race around the board and be the first cyclist back to their parking spot to win the game. If a player’s bike lands on a Schwinn Bike Shop square, the player immediately moves his or her piece to the bike shop and reads a Fun Fact card aloud, ending his turn.
The game is being produced by Michigan based board game company Education Outdoors.
Education Outdoors Official Website
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Australian professional surfer knows something about riding on big swells. Now he’s created his own “big swell” so to speak with a rather phallic looking surfboard, which he unveiled on his FollowTheFish.TV website.
We’re not sure why someone would want to hang ten on a penis-shaped surfboard, but apparently Fisher liked the idea of hanging ten while looking… well, hung? Photo of the board after the jump
Last year high-end bicycle company Serotta closed shop, but in the past month Alchemy Bicycle Company has reportedly been in talks with Ben Serotta to develop a new retailer strategy. Alchemy makes stock and custom frames and bikes in a variety of materials at its shop in Denver, and it is working with Serotta to help avoid the same pitfalls that he encountered.
“I think I bring 40 years of lessons-learned — the good, the bad, the ugly — it’s all experience,” Serotta told Bicycle Retaielr. “Alchemy has a fabulous foundation, a great and committed ownership and staff, but they are also smart enough to know they haven’t grown a bike manufactory before, smart enough to realize there are pitfalls, and I think I can help them navigate some of the growth issues and avoid the pitfalls so they can grow more effectively.”
Does this mean that Serotta could once again roll out bikes? Stay tuned.
[Via Bicycle Retailer: Alchemy Bicycle works with Ben Serotta on retail strategy]
Ricoh has the camera to reach for on your next adventure. The company has introduced three new rugged cameras that include the WG-4 GPS, WG-4 and WG-20 – all of which will work with a new action-oriented mounting system. These actually build on the Pentax WG line, which makes sense as Ricoh bought the Japanese camera maker in 2011. The Ricoh name will now be used for compact cameras such as these.
The camera lineup includes the WG-4 and WG-4 GPS, each of which feature a 16megapixel CMOS sensor and sensor shift shake reduction. Each can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 30fps, and both are waterproof to 45 feet, shock resistant to just over six feet, and are crushproof to 220 pounds. These are even ideal winter sports cameras as they can endure temperatures to 14 degrees F! The WG-4/WG-4 GPS features a three inch LCD display, and offer a ring of six LED marco lights as well as traditional flash. The WG-4 GPS includes a GPS unit (obviously enough) to record position data and a travel log data.
The WG-20 has many of the features of the above models, but is meant as the introductory version. It is waterproof to 33 feet, shock resistant to five feet, but still crushproof to 220 pounds and can endure up to 14 degrees F. It is smaller than the WG-4 and can shoot HD video at 720p at 30 fps. It features a 14megapixel CCD sensor and has a 2.7 inch LCD screen.
All three cameras are also compatible with Ricoh’s new mounting systems that includes a handlebar mount, suction cup mount and adhesive mount. Mount up and reach for one of these Ricoh cameras.
Ricoh Official Website
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but for golfers ClubCrown provides an innovative way to personalize and improve the look and style of any driver, fairway wood or hybrid.
ClubCrown by VIVE announced that its product line is now being distributed in the United Kingdom. Alan Sterling, former member of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, has established a new company in the United Kingdom – ClubCrownUK for the distribution of the ClubCrown product.
“Since the product debut in the US in July 2012, golfers in the UK have been emailing us asking when the product would be available in their market”, said Andrew Glaser, ClubCrown CEO. “After an exhaustive search for a great partner, we found Alan Sterling to run ClubCrownUK. Alan has extensive entrepreneurial experience and I have the utmost confidence that he is the best person to bring our incredible revolutionary crown graphic technology to the UK.”
“I am very proud to have been appointed the sole UK distributor for ClubCrown, states Alan Sterling, Director of ClubCrownUK. “There has been an incredible amount of pent up demand in the UK for the ClubCrown product since its inception in 2012. With features on CNBC, The Golf Channel, Golf Digest, GolfWRX, and many more, ClubCrown is set to bring a revolution in golf customization to the masses. Andrew and Brendan, co-owners of ClubCrown, have been fantastic to work with and I look forward to years of great success. In describing the roll out to the UK market, Alan Sterling states, “We have already appointed ClubCrownUK Agents but look forward to appointing more in the near future. I intend to get around to as many courses and retailers as possible to share this amazing product with golfers and professionals as the spring season gets underway.”
ClubCrown Official Website