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
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 »
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
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]
Chrome Industries continues to shine. The bag maker has introduced the latest addition to its line of Knurled Welded Waterproof Rolltop bags for bike camping, adventure cycling and all-weather commuting. We saw these at last fall’s Interbike and these are finally ready for the daily ride. These are made with a proprietary technology that combines RF welding with a mechanical interlock. These offer a watertight rolltop closure and a loop system for bag expansion, and the result is a durable, lightweight and 100 percent waterproof bag. Read the rest of this entry »
We know Pioneer Electronics for producing what was one of the best plasma TVs on the market. Sadly those days are in the past but the company is rolling forward with other exciting products including a new bicycle power meter system that includes an updated SGX-CA500 Cycle Computer that displays power data. It features built-in Wi-Fi as well as ANT+ and as it is black and white instead of color has fallen in price from $900 to a down to earth $300. Read the rest of this entry »
Customized products are nothing new, but RaceWare Direct is taking it up a notch thanks to 3D printing technologies. The company will soon be offering products that can be very customizable when it comes to color and text, and is offering a number of bicycle mounts in both 3D printed nylon and titanium.
The online customization service will launch later this year.
RaceWare Direct Official Website
BioLogic has introduced a new wireless speed and cadence sensor that can transmit directly to a mobile device via Bluetooth 4.0 and is thus capable with Android and iOS. The sensor is powered by a single CR2032 battery that is said to provide up to 700 hours of riding data. The Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence sensor (MSRP: $45.95) will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
BioLogic Official Website
You can’t always keep your eyes on your bike, but the RFID Bikealarm is the next best thing to having someone watch your bike. Designed by Dennis Siegal, this device attaches to a bike saddle and emits a 120dB alarm when moved. This isn’t meant to replace a physical lock but rather to provide a low-cost second line of defense.
The alarm is activated by holding an RFID tag close to the device until an audio acknowledgement is sounded, and deactivated the same way when the owner returns. Siegel opted to use RFID technology as opposed to Bluetooth as a way to keep the costs down. Siegal designed the RFID Bikealarm as part of his university studies at University of the Arts Bremen in Germany.
Dennis Siegal Official Website
Giro is ready for spring with its additions to the New Road clothing line that features its first ever women’s offerings. The Giro New Road for Spring 2014 includes base layers, tops, bottoms and outerwear. New Road apparel coordinates with other Giro cycling products including helmets, gloves and shoes.
The company promises to offer the same freedom to mix and match for women that it has long offered for male riders. We hope to have more details soon.
Giro Official Website
Patience is a virtue it is often said, and for those who can sit back and enjoy a ride to work Virtue Bikes might be the way to go. The company offers a number of bicycles that evoke the pleasures of riding and a return to simpler times.
The company offers a cargo bike, the Virtue Truck, which can be carry a total of 110 pounds, but what really turned our heads was the Virtue School Bus (above), a bike that can carry about 300 pounds (meaning a kid or two) in the front cargo container. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve touched on this topic before – counterfeit products hurt everyone. The maker of the real product loses sales and the consumer gets a cheap copy. With sporting goods there is a greater risk to the consumer, as the products can fail!
Our friends at BikeRadar recently noted that local shops in the U.K. are actually blending bike equipment with genuine parts to deceive the consumer. This isn’t a widespread problem, but it does show that things could get much worse very quickly.
By selling fake gear a retailer can make a short term profit, but it could hurt the industry in the long run as it costs tens of millions of dollars each year. Where it gets murkier is when shows that many small shops are also getting caught up in the fraud – and these shops aren’t out to deceive anyone. Instead they are buying from dubious third parties. In the end it could hurt the mom & pop retailers that don’t have deals with the big brands.
This will be a story to watch as it develops.
[Via BikeRadar: Local bike shops blend real and fake bike kit to mislead consumers]