Cycling Forums - Cycling forums and reviews Amazon Routes at Bikely.com A view from the cycle path This Handlebar-Mounted Phone-Holder Turns Your Dumb Bike Into A Smart Machine If you're someone who likes cycling, but hates being away from their phone, you'll appreciate the COBI. A module that's placed on the handlebars, it lets you control your phone while moving along—for example, to answer calls or navigate Spotify. But it's more than that. Developed in Germany, the COBI comes with a powerful LED front-light and a built-in battery that extends a phone's normal life. There's also a "thumb controller" unit that lets you tap out up to 10 instructions to your phone without taking your hands off the bike (it's like the controls on a car steering wheel to shift the radio or activate cruise control). The app also integrates with lights on the back of the bike. Finally, COBI also has an proximity and anti-theft protection system. The COBI is available on Kickstarter, starting at $159 for an early bird special.
Bicycle Lights and Generators Schmidt's Original Nabendynamo The Schmidt Dynamo front hub or SON (Schmidt's Original Nabendynamo) is extremely reliable and has almost no drag. Made by Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau in Tübingen, Germany, the hub is quiet and is designed to give at least 50,000 kilometers of trouble free riding between servicings. The SON is extremely popular amongst long distance cyclists who need reliable lighting for all night cycling in any weather conditions. When your bicycle can make its own light, it becomes a reliable means of transportation, not just a toy or play thing for an afternoon's entertainment or exercise. All versions of the hub now have a five year warrantee. All headlights we now sell with the SON hub can be used with or without a taillight. We stock versions for bikes with rim brakes as well as disc brakes; both Centerlock and ISO. Click here for pricing. SONdelux Wide Body If you want the lightest dynamo hub, get the 50mm standard SONdelux, below. New SON28 New SON28 ISO Disc
Middle Age Cyclist: Pedal Power! To go with my new SON hub I need to get a super dooper front light. I intend to go for a Schmidt Edelux in black. Here is a video someone shot cycling with this light and if that is not enough to impress you I don't know what will. Anyone who just likes cycling as a simple pleasure, an escape from the hurly burly of busy life might wish to stop reading now as I intend to talk about GPS units, mobile phones, digital cameras, bullet cams and netbooks and keeping them charged while cycling and camping. Most hub dynamos produce AC current. The SIC is new product from PedalPower+ and essentially is a current converter that includes a rechargeable 2200mAh cache battery. The electronic items I take touring are: a SatMap Active10 GPS, a Contour HD bullet cam, a mobile phone (a SonyEricsson at present but soon a smartphone ? The GPS and bullet cam are the power hungry things I need to charge everyday. The SIC unit comes in a simple box and, for UK customers, is sent from Germany.