When it comes to bike locks, it doesn’t get much better than a U-Lock. Except that now an Italian company has introduced the smart version. Using Bluetooth 4.0 LE, the curiously named Ulock communicates with a PIN code-protected iOS & Android app to lock & unlock without a key. In proximity mode, it will automatically lock itself when the user (and their phone) moves more than 3 meters away & unlock once they come back into range. Shipping throughout Europe. No word on US availability.
The COBI system turns your normal bike into a smart bike. Connect with the App, drop your phone into the bar-mounted cradle/phone charger/LED headlight and simply ride while COBI enhances your pedaling experience with over 100 intelligent features like automatic lights, turn signals, theft alarm, accelerometer, and 96 others.
A casual cruise on the bike is always better with a beverage. This cup holder from Brooklyn’s Death At Sea will securely carry your water bottle, tall can, or artisanal kombucha keeping it easily within reach while you ride. Made of silicone rubber.
The Endo is a vertical bike storage system that gets your bike up and out of the way and features wide wheel pads to protect your walls. It holds bikes up to 39lbs. and folds flat when not in use. The Endo design won a 2014 award at Eurobike.
The morning bike commute is about to start getting chilly. Chrome has the remedy: An insulated, reversible, packable, hi-viz vest featuring reflective hits and water-resistant fabrication.
Parking your bike on the ceiling saves space. The flat-bike-lift is a new ceiling hydro-pneumatic bike rack made exclusively for this purpose. Load your bike onto the rack, give a little push to activate the lift, & up it goes to store horizontally overhead.
Classic British saddle-maker Brooks has been building better bike stuff since the handlebar mustache was supposedly cool the first time. And they’re still at it. This new tool features 7 allen keys, 3 screwdrivers, four spoke wrenches, a chain tool, a bottle opener, & a knife. It comes in a leather case.
Roadies have been using electronic shifting systems for years but Shimano has just released the first one for mountain bikes. It’s called the XTR M9050 Di2. It runs off a single battery wired to the auto-shifting derailleurs with a bar-mounted LCD that feeds you gear info. Available Fall 2014.