Ford’s MoDe Flex eBike

The electric bicycle business is a rapidly growing $30 million dollar sector, that shows no signs of slowing down.

Ford has announced a its first ebike, the MoDe Flex eBike, and it is pretty cool. It has few innovative safety and riding features that make it attractive for commuters.

Some of the highlights:

  • MoDe Flex folds down to a compact size for storage and putting it in the car
  • Bike can be recharged from your car outlet (or from an external source)
  • Connects to your smartphone and Ford app for routing, fitness data
  • App has a “No Sweat” mode which automatically signals the bike when to kick in electric power based on your heart rate data
  • The handlebars vibrate when you are about to be overtaken
  • It has brake lights

Ford’s MoDe Flex eBike

New From Garmin: The Word’s Smallest GPS Cycling Computers

Garmin has just launched the Garmin Edge 20 and 25, the world’s smallest GPS-enabled cycling computers.

According to Garmin:

Edge 20 and 25 capture essential data, including time, distance, speed, total ascent and location. Connected features available on the Edge 25 also allow users to instantly share details of their rides with friends, family and on social media, and connect with a heart rate monitor, speed sensor1 and cadence sensor2 to get the most out of a ride.

Water-resistant3 and weighing only 25g, the Edge 20 and Edge 25’s extremely durable and small design is ideal for travel, training and everyday riding. Their interfaces make it easy to start, save and share activities and both are GPS and GLONASS-enabled, acquiring satellites quickly to track how far, fast and where a user is riding. Both devices feature up to eight hours of battery life. Additionally, the Edge 25 is ANT+ compatible and can be paired with a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor and speed sensor for additional data.

Garmin Edge 20 sells for $129.99

Garmin Edge 25 $169.99 and up

How the Backwards Bike Busts Your Brain

When I was in England last year, we stayed in a hotel that had a mirror in a corner of the room. When you looked at yourself in it, everything was reversed. No big deal right?

I stood my daughter in front of it, stood behind her and told her to block my slaps to her head. (I’ve taught her some Krav Maga/self defense.) With my right hand I slapped her right ear, but in the mirror in front of us it looked like my left hand was coming at her left ear. She instinctively raised her left hand to cover, but got slapped. Every time. We took turns and I did no better.

Occasionally we did block a blow but it was accidental, 95% of the time we got whacked on the head. It was frustrating but hilarious at the same time.

It demonstrated how automatized a lot of our behavior is… and how hard that can be to change.

Riding a bike is really hard at first, there’s the balancing, and the steering dynamic which changes how you need to balance and lean, then the pedaling on top of that.

It’s a bit like rubbing your stomach, patting your head, and reciting the alphabet backwards.

So what if, like in the double mirror case, you reversed one aspect of riding a bike. What would happen?

Here’s what…