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LED Jacket Prototype

We’re huge fans of supporting innovation in the bike industry. With fundraising websites like Kickstarter, it’s exciting to see people with fantastic ideas making headway toward launching their products.

Here’s the latest we’ve come across: a bike jacket with built in LED lights. The designers tested the product on LA cyclists, hence the fact that it is not waterproof (though can be fully submerged in water without damage). Maybe a Pacific Northwest-friendly version will come in future incarnations. Endura already has a waterproof, breathable jacket with LEDs, but the jacket leaves something to be desired. The LEDs are only a small strip on the back and though Endura gear is extremely well made in general, this jacket is known for being a little faulty.

Watch the video below.

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Bike Love Documentary Update

What would it be like to give up the car and abruptly transition to a car-free lifestyle? We’re following that journey through Kara Minnehan’s Bike Love documentary project. (read our original post here)

The result will be a documentary about Kara’s trials and tribulations. As Kara confronts the struggles, she utilizes humor, and the support of friends and family to overcome the inherent challenges of giving up a car-based lifestyle. The questions remain: will Kara become a confident bike rider? Will Kara remain car free? How long will this project last?

The documentary is slated to show this June in Portland, and a preview version will debut at Filmed by Bike this April.

Bike Love is hosting “Two Wheel Drive” to raise funds for the final phase of production. To learn more about the documentary and find out more about the drive, visit fundraising the website.

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Found: Black Trek

A Portland coupon was walking around town when they were approached by a guy who tried to sell them a black Trek for $250. The guy’s selling desperation made it obvious the bike was stolen so the couple decided to buy the bike in an attempt to reunite it with its owner.

Timo Foresberg is the host of the City of Portland’s Bicycle Brown Bag lunch series and has long history of bicycle activities in Portland. His finance, Esther Harlow, is also an active bicycle advocate in Portland, so it’s no surprise the two of them went out of their way to help get this bike out of the wrong hands and into the right ones.

Timo and Esther talked the thief down to $55 and are hoping to find the owner soon. They’re asking people to help spread the word.

More information is available on their Craigslist post.

Update

Through the diligence of the finders, the bike was happily reunited with its owners. READ MORE >>

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The Best GPS Systems

GPS units and phone apps are a great way to track all sorts of data, from heart rate to calories burned, and of course the route you’re riding.

How to Choose a GPS Unit

Choosing a GPS unit isn’t easy. A lot of brands and styles are available. Garmin has quickly risen as a bike-friendly company that makes a solid product that’s easy to use.

Tracking Your Route Online

If you’re using an online mapping service, like Ride with GPS, which ORbike recommends, the Garmin-brand GPS units will integrate nicely with this service. You can download the route you plan to ride and upload your just-completed route to analyze the data and share with others.

Using an App With the iPhone

Do you use a route-tracking app with your iPhone? What is your favorite? Are there any stripped down versions that don’t bother with heart rate and related data, but instead focus on the route?

Share Your Ideas

But what if you don’t want all the bells and whistles? Let’s say you only want to track your route. What systems are out there? This is where we come to you, our dedicated readers. Tell us your experience with simplistic and complex GPS systems. What do you like, what’s a hassle, what doesn’t work and what’s a must-have feature?

Share your ideas in the comments below.

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National Women’s Bike Forum

Hundreds of women will descend upon the nation’s capital for the National Women’s Bicycling Forum, March 4, 2013.

This all-day event will showcase women leaders and entrepreneurs in the bicycle industry. The theme, “Women Mean Business,” highlights the economic impact and rising influence of women in the bicycle movement.

The Forum dovetails with the start of the National Bike Summit, ending just before the huge national summit.

Keynote speakers include New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and several other women prominent in cycling.

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National Women’s Bicycling Forum

Hundreds of women will descend upon the nation’s capital for the National Women’s Bicycling Forum, March 4, 2013.

This all-day event will showcase women leaders and entrepreneurs in the bicycle industry. The theme, “Women Mean Business,” highlights the economic impact and rising influence of women in the bicycle movement.

The Forum dovetails with the start of the National Bike Summit, ending just before the huge national summit.

Keynote speakers include New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and several other women prominent in cycling.

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