Stringbike: Carbon Time Trial Bicycle

The Stringbike

Here at Velo Logic, we love creative thinking that the shatters preconceived notions of how a traditional component works or looks.

Today, here’s a quick look at a fresh new conception of the drivetrain.

We’ve seen chains, we’ve seen belts, we’ve seen direct drive, but we’ve never seen a string drive.

Stringbike - the carbon time trial versionWhat are the Advantages of the Stringbike?

Well here’s what they say on the Stringbike site, and I quote:

  • Silky smooth and almost silent riding experience
  • Less maintenance, fewer parts to malfunction, long-lasting high efficiency
  • No loose, broken, lost or rattling chains
  • No lubrication, oil, rust or dirty hands – clean bike, clean hands, clean clothes, clean environment
  • No chance of derailleurs going wrong and needing servicing
  • No costly chain and drive-system maintenance
  • Fewer bike parts exposed to possible damage while riding
  • Noticeably easier to climb uphill than with conventional bikes thanks to special riding characteristics of the drive
  • Almost continuous shifting through 19 gears, easily controlled by a single handle grip
  • Quick and easy removal of the rear wheel makes fixing flat tyres clean and hassle-free
  • The strings can be changed easily, without any tools in few minutes.

A basic StringbikeNo doubt it’s clever, unusual, creative, and it has some advantages… but I’d like to see a side-by-side comparison in terms of speed and efficiency, something like the results of riding traditional vs stringbike in a few 10-40 km time trials.

Nevertheless, interesting concept! What do you think?

Learn more about how the Stringbike technology works

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Denny Utility Bicycle – Ready to Go

There’s a lot of new concept bike ideas in the works, I have mentioned a few, just last week I wrote about the DuBike.

Well there’s a pretty cool one that is going to be available soon, this year in fact. It’s the Denny Utility Bicycle and will be produced by Fuji bikes.

denny-utility-bicycle-1The basic idea behind the Denny is convenience. This bike is a workhorse, ready to go when you are, no fussing about.

 

Here’s some of the highlights:

• The handlebar does double duty as a lock
• Automatic gear shifting
• Electric power assist
• Fully-integrated, turn signals, head and brake lights
• Auto-on lights that react to natural light conditions
• Safety lights that flood light onto the road around the bike

Here’s a video of the Denny in action

And if you fancy one… sign up on Fujibikes.com  to be notified when it’s available.

Futuristic Bicycle

Bike of the Future? The DuBike

A lot of progress comes from integration. By that I mean the taking of ideas, materials, and technology from various diverse fields and putting it all together.

Think of the smartphone, the phone itself is now an afterthought, the device is actually a powerful computer, camera, calendar, diary, clock, calculator, fitness log, newspaper,  camera… and that’s just from looking at my home screen.

Bike of the Future?

Futuristic Bicycle So where will the humble bicycle be in a few years? Up until recently it’s been a purely mechanical machine. Now we’re seeing the integration of electronics with things like Shimano’s electronic shifters, and wireless technology with SRAM testing wireless shifters.  Of course there’s our smartphones that has become our cycling computers… then there’s the emerging wearable technology.

What will the bike of the future look like? It might look something like the DuBike from Baidu (the Google of China)

A few of the features built in to the bike include:

  • Fitness guidance based on your on-bike performance, speed, cadence, heart rate, etc.
  • Built in GPS beacon so you always know where your bike is.
  • Built in navigation – left and right arrows tell you when to turn. It also optimizes your route.
  • Social Networking – connects you with other cyclists

Another stage of progress is automation. Perhaps it won’t be too long before we have a smart bike with cruise mode, where it shifts automatically based on data it has collected about you and your historical performance.

Learn more about the DuBike

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Pssst! Here’s the Ideal Gift for the Cyclist in Your Life

Ideal gift for cyclistsYou know cyclists… they only ever have one thing on their minds. The bike. They wake up thinking about it, they daydream about it, and they go to sleep dreaming about it. Cycling consumes them, every day, every hour, it’s on their minds the whole time.

And when they’re on the bike they’re thinking about time… how much time it will take to finish the ride, how many seconds to the group ahead, how many minutes is the group behind… and so on.

Well now you can get the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life, the watch that reminds him of his passion, and lets him know the time.

Better… this watch is a classic, stainless steel, watch of quality, with a touch of whimsy.

This watch is not for everyone. First and foremost it is for a cyclist, a man that understands and treasures the meaning and heritage of cycling. But more than that, it is for a man of distinguished taste and class, who realizes that though time is important, timelessness is more so.

This timeless classic, radiates the soul of cycling; both the sheer childlike joy of riding a bicycle, combined with the steel will that the cyclist must possess.

This is the gift that your cyclist will love you for, every time he glances at its face.

Get the Time to Ride Watch

 

Francois Gissy Sets a New Bicycle World Speed Record on a Rocket-Powered Bicycle

Francois Gissy Sets a New “Bicycle” World Speed Record

This is kinda stretching the meaning of “bicycle” a bit…

The Swiss “Rocket Man” François Gissy has set a new bicycle speed record of 333 km/h (207 mph) on the rocket-propelled bicycle at Circuit Paul Ricard located in the South of France. The “bicycle” was designed by Gissy’s friend, Arnold Neracher.

Looks like just the thing to make me competitive at the local time trial again.