Paul Component Engineering is offering an alternative way to mount a GoPro on a bike. Not on the helmet or the handlebars but on the stem. This can allow the bars to be in the shot and thus get a sense of being in the action while watching the video. The Camera Mount also allows for the camera to be more centered in the action. It is compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO Original GoPro cameras.
So regardless of why, it now can be done and done right. Video after the jump
Who wants a “boring” bicycle? Not Craig Pelletier who has launched a Kickstarter project with a collective of bicycle and computer enthusiasts. They believe that every level of cyclists should be able to design their own bikes.
They’re working to create the Emblem Bike Company, which will provide a streamlined, easy to use website that provides “no-brainer explanations on every decision you make to help you decide on parts you want.” Emblem isn’t exactly offering custom bikes but rather is offering highly customized bikes, beginning with a selection of frames. The idea is something unique that should satisfy the customer. Video after the jump
If you are a child of the 1970s, 80s or 90s there was probably some afternoon cartoon or TV show that featured a giant robot that came together from a number of other vehicles. The heroes always waited until the end to create this mega robot, which remains unclear to the adult viewer.
Perhaps the folks behind RukSak Bags grew up watching such quality programming, as they’re looking to roll out a bag that is modular, flexible and can break down in several bags for various needs. John Hubbel and his wife came up with the concept after he returned from a tour in the Middle East as part of an anti-terrorism team.
He found that one bag didn’t fit all purposes and having a bag that could be flexible made ensuring he had just the right gear for the job. The result is that wearers can add or remove items as necessary – from a simple lumbar bag to a full rig for a multi-day trip in the wilds. Hubbel is now looking to raise funding via Kickstarter to bring the RukSak to market – probably an easier task than fighting some super robot from another planet. Video after the jump
Fishing involves more than just a rod. Once you catch the fish the real work begins. The Kombo Tool can help as it is four tools in one. It features a bonker, a filet knife, a scooper and a sharpener. It is made from high grade plastic so it won’t sink to the depths of a lake or ocean if dropped in the water, while the stainless steel filet knife can endure some tough love.
Kombo Tool Official Website
This winter Adidas unveiled the Energy Boost, which featured a revolutionary cushioning technology, and now the shoemaker has revealed the adizero Adios BOOST, a race-ready funning model that has already hit the pavement in a few marathons this year. This model features a full-length BOOST midsole that is complemented by a high-grip rubber outsole designed by tire-maker Continental to help runners go the distance. The only downside to this is that the shoes won’t be in stores until October.
Adidas Official Website
The Plume is something that you can roll with, not only because it goes on a bike but because this recoiling bicycle mudguard can roll up when not needed. It can extend into a sleek mudguard or recoil back into a tight circle under the seat with just a gentle push of the finger – and yet is made of street-tough materials including stainless steel and a flexible polymer. Its designers are now looking to Kickstarter to get the Plume out and rolling and recoiling. Video after the jump
The United By Blue’s Pannier Bag is ready to roll, and can be used over the shoulder or on a bike itself. Made of 100 percent organic waxed canvas, and featuring a durable brass and leather strap that attach to any size bike, this is one bag that carry a heavy load in deed.
United By Blue also promises that for every product sold it will help to remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.
United By Blue Official Website
We’ve been seeing a number of concepts that change the way those blinky lights for cyclists work. The latest twist comes from Velodroom, which offers a light that has no on/off switch but like the LucidBRAKE utilizes a built-in accelerometer to detect movement and braking. When slowing down the light offers a bright warning to those behind, just like a car’s brakelight.
This system also features a built-in light sensor that can adjust the brightness to the surroundings and can help save the battery. Video after the jump
We recently came across two stories – both involving baseball gloves. Over in Boston 60-year old Robert Megerdichian – who spends his days converting blueprints to computer-aided designs for landlords and engineers – spends his nights and weekends repairing baseball gloves. He reportedly started when watching his adult son play baseball in a men’s league in Cambridge.
Megerdichian discovered that rather than repairing old gloves the players typically bought new ones, and he figured out how to breathe new life into the old gloves. He doesn’t actually sew but instead starts off with a good cleaning using Murphy Oil Soap, then replaces the laces and gives the glove a shoe polish treatment. The result is a glove that gets some added life.
Over in Hartford, Connecticut 62-year old David Katz doesn’t restore old gloves, he’s found success in breaking the gloves in. He’s been selling and breaking in gloves for the past 35 years. Exactly what is involved in breaking in a glove Katz won’t say, but it takes about a week.
Perhaps the two should talk about their love of the gloves!
[Via The Hartford Courant: Meriden Businessman Finds Success Breaking In Baseball Gloves]
[Via Boston Business Journal: CRE man’s hobby: He’ll restore your old baseball glove]
Last year we heard about an inflatable bike helmet, and we’ve been following developments in inflatable avalanche airbag systems. French equipment maker UBAK has introduced the Mountain Airbag Harness, which is designed to protect against both burial and blunt trauma.
In times of an emergency on the slopes can inflate instantly, forming a protective warp around the neck and sides of the head and face, which is also covered with a mesh to prevent choking from snow, while creating a breathable air pocket. All this can make the difference between life and death.
UBAK Official Website
We all know the story of Paul Revere but what would the patriot have done if the British had the Waveskate? This is a hybrid surfboard/skateboard that works on both the waves and the pavement. Developed in San Diego – where there is the right weather for skating and surfing – the board can quickly transform from road ready deck to water worthy board.
Waveskate inventor and former pro skater Yancey Meyer is now taking his concept to Kickstarter to raise funding to make it a reality. Video after the jump
Working up a sweat is one reason we work out an exercise but sweat in the eyes is never fun when on a long summer bike ride. This is where the SweatHawg comes in. It is a helmet liner that can be is made in Oregon of Hydo-phillic fabric from Germany and can reportedly absorb 10 times its weight in water, and which can be rung out if it gets too saturated.
SweatHawg Official Website
Riding a bike can be a good way to get out and get some fresh air – unless of course the air outside isn’t all that fresh. In places like China the air can be quite bad. Mike Andrews of New Castle in the U.K. visited China and realized there was a solution – ride a bike with a large air filter that could help clean the air while riding. He is now developing an electrical generator that can suck in bad air and produces cleaner air.
The key word is cleaner as this can only do so much. But imagine if China could get more cyclists using pedal power to clean the air? It would almost make it breathable.
[Via SeaCoast Online: New spin for bicycle: filtering air pollution]