Rapha + Liberty of London Patterned Cycling Gear

The sportswear favorite collaborates with the iconic British department store on women's apparel and more

Today cycling experts Rapha unveiled their collection designed with iconic and historic British store, Liberty of London—the first part of a two-season collaboration. Famous for floral and graphic prints, Liberty might not seem like the most likely partner for Rapha, but the technically-minded gear works nicely with their softer patterning—as the brand chose a minimal print from the ’30s when trawling through Liberty’s archive of …

Thousand Bike Helmets

A stylish new design inspired by vintage motorcycle helmets so casual riders can bike simply and safely

Not everybody wants to wear a sleek, webbed bike helmet like pro riders. For many, that sporty design doesn’t match their brand of everyday biking: running errands, grabbing groceries or cruising around the neighborhood. Gloria Hwang aims to overcome some of the less than convenient aspects of bike safety with Thousand—a new range of retro-inspired helmets that launches today on Kickstarter. Hwang has early memories …

Meet Sombra, the Lampshade for Bike Lights

Improve all-around visibility by diffusing high-powered rear lights

Visibility on the bike is an essential part of staying safe on the road. Recent years have seen innovations in both apparel and lights that make being seen easier. While the lumen output has increased, many bike tail light designs still funnel beams entirely out in one direction. While incredibly strong, visibility is disproportionately limited to directly behind the bike. The carefully designed Sombra diffuses …

The Ebove Bike from Activetainment

A virtual reality-compatible indoor mountain bike trainer that blends elements from video games with training

For most adrenaline-seeking mountain-bikers, sitting on a stationary bike is less of a substitute for the real thing and more cruel and unusual punishment. But as technology aids indoor trainers in becoming more engaging, staying bike-fit throughout the dark days of winter can feel a bit less like work and more like the fun of actually getting outside. Oslo-based fitness tech company Activetainment recently unveiled …

Boréal Bikes smrtGRiPS

Bluetooth connected grips featuring eyes-free haptic navigation and cloud-sourced biking data

Technological innovations in the bike world continue to abound. While some carry more merit than others, there’s no shortage of digital innovations that aim to make cycling safer as well as more convenient and efficient. Montreal-based Boréal Bikes’ newly unveiled smrtGRiPS are the world’s first web-connected bicycle grips. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the three and a half ounce cylindrical devices fit discretely into the end of …