The EPO Bicycle: Low Cost Bicycle

Radical Design, Affordable Price

Here’s an interesting new bicycle, the Epo, from Dutch designer Bob Schiller.

The goal of the bike is to be affordable, not light, not fast, just extremely economical. How affordable exactly? Well, the average bike in Holland costs in the region of $1,200; the Epo will sell for roughly $300.

The bike has a pressed metal frame made from aluminum.  Two molded sheets are spot welded together. There is a single fork leg on the front, and a single stay for the rear wheel. It has disk brakes and is a belt drive.

This bike is still in the development phase, with production planned for next year.

Learn more about the Epo: http://www.epobicycles.com

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Orfos Flare Bicycle Light

I used to ride at night a lot! Twice a week I’d do the local hammerfest and then ride solo for another 3 hrs. I loved riding at night, it was cooler, quieter, and so I thought… much safer.

After all, I could see the cars coming a mile away thanks to their lights, and they could see me as I had bright front and rear lights. And I rode for years without incident.

One night that naive assumption was shattered when I had a very close call. The road snaked in such a way that my light was not visible until too late. and I came close to being whacked. I wonder if I would have been much more visible had I had something like the Orfos Flares bike light. I think so.

What is the Orfos Flare?

The Orfos Flare is an LED light that emits a glow in 360 degrees, rather than a directional beam like a traditional bike light does. The case surrounding the LED diffuses the light.

What this means is that (part of) the rider and the surrounding environment is lit, making the rider more visible.

The lights are also completely waterproof… just in case you encounter a deluge of Biblical proportions.

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A cool feature is that the lights attach to the bike magnetically. There is a mount that you attach to your bike with cable ties, and then the light magnetically sticks to the mounting, so you can quickly attach and remove the lights as needed.

The lights run on a rechargeable battery, and are charged via a micro USB port. Apparently, you can get 24 hrs of light from a 90 min charge. Not bad.

The inventor is Pete Clyde, an electrical engineer, and he plans to have the lights shipping by Christmas.

Learn more about the Orfos Flare Light or check it out on Kickstarter.

 

 

 

The 4 Strike

Full Body Work Out Bikes

So you rode 20 miles today, congratulations. But what kind of workout did your upper body get? Well if you rode a traditional bike… not much. But if you hammered on one of the bikes below, it would be a different story.  Meet the new full body workout bikes.

Varibike

The Varibike
The Varibike costs in the region of $5-6,000 USD.

The Varibike has a hand pedaling system in addition to the pedals, so you can help your legs and workout your upper body at the same time.

Varibike cites a study claiming a 31% increase in power:

A study of the New Mexico State University showed that (at the same heart rate) the maximum power output could be increased by over 30% using combined arm-and-leg cranking compared with normal cycling. Furthermore, the endurance performance was found to be higher.

The Varibike comes in an outdoor model and an indoor model, so you can do a whole body ride year round.

www.varibike.com

 4 Strike Bike

The 4 StrikeA similar bike is the 4 Strike Bike, invented by a retired surgeon, Lex van Stekelenburg. Here’s how it works:

The handlebar contains a patented mechanism that allows upper body ‘pedalling’ and steering to be combined. The front drive system also incorporates a steering stabilizing mechanism. The crankshaft has a special freewheel system that allows the bike to be cycled with both arms and legs or with the legs alone while getting on and off the bike. The handlebar also features a click system that allows the ‘hand-pedals’ to be fixed in their highest position during cycling as in a normal handlebar, transforming this bike back into a regular bike. This ordinary bicycle function is the basis of the 4 Strike Bike.

www.4strikebike.com

Raxibo

And if you can’t wait to get your hands on one of these, well the Raxibo is available now for 2,500 swiss francs (about $2,600 USD). It’s not as elegant or as cool looking as the 4 Strike, but there’s something to be said for existing versus non-existing.

www.raxibo.de

New Indoor Cycling Trainer

New Trainer: 1upPOWERbahn

While researching the best indoor cycling trainers for our new cycling gear store, I came across the 1upPOWERbahn from 1UPUSA, makers of the innovative 1upUSA trainer that uses a centrifugal clutch system. The POWERbahn trainer is still in development, and unfortunately it did not reach its fundraising goal on Kickstarter, but here’s a brief overview of what it offers.

What makes the 1upPOWERbahn different?

The makers claim that it realistically mimics the outdoor ride indoors, that it closely simulates the experience of grade and motion changes that you feel on the road. It even simulates momentum, and it does it differently based on the rider’s weight.

  • Simulates grades up to 15 degrees, and downhills to -5 degrees
  • Wireless Ant+  speed, cadence and power
  • Authentic inertia and momentum with no deadspots while pedaling

Learn more about the 1upPOWERbahn.