Everything with Bikes

NEWS



NASA Inspired Airless Bicycle Tires

Author: Mark Page Posted: 2023-09-15

The world underwent a transformative shift with the advent of the wheel, but perfection was far from its initial state. Even in today's modern era, vehicle wheels grapple with their own set of issues, with tire punctures ranking among the most exasperating. These punctures can render a tire utterly useless. Moreover, the fallout from tire wear presents environmental hazards, and the tire production and recycling processes contribute significantly to pollution.

Enter the SMART Tire Company (STC), determined to revolutionize the wheel by creating tires that are not only exceptionally durable but also impervious to punctures. Wondering about the "SMART" in their name? It stands for Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology, a technology originally developed by NASA for the Lunar Rover wheels. In a remarkable collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center, STC harnesses similar technology to fashion its tires. Unlike traditional rubber tires, reliant on pressurized air, memory alloy tires remain unscathed by punctures.

STC boasts an extensive history of working with this groundbreaking technology, with our coverage of their METL bicycle tires dating back two years. METL stands for Martensite Elasticized Tubular Loading, and these tires offer the robustness of the metallic tires used on NASA's vehicles while retaining the ability to revert to their original shape after deformation. They adeptly absorb road irregularities, ensuring they never go flat.

While the tires themselves incorporate memory metal for structural integrity, they retain a rubber tread for optimal traction. Though this tread is susceptible to wear, replacing it proves to be a more cost-effective and eco-friendly solution than manufacturing an entirely new set of tires. Over the past year, STC has made substantial strides in reducing material costs and is in the final stages of preparation for market launch. The eagerly anticipated new tires are expected to hit the market within the next few months, with prices ranging from $100 to $150 for a bicycle tire. In fact, there is already a burgeoning waiting list for these innovative products.

The latest iteration of METL tires took the spotlight at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, earning acclaim by clinching two innovation awards in the Vehicle Tech & Advanced Mobility category as well as the Sustainability, Eco-Design & Smart Energy category. Although STC's initial foray is into bicycle tires, the company harbors grand aspirations. Their sights are set on e-mobility scooters as the next frontier, but they are eager to make inroads into the lucrative car tire market as expeditiously as possible.

The SMART Tire Company firmly believes that the automotive industry represents the realm where their novel tire technology can effectuate the most profound transformation. Tire punctures continue to plague motorists today, while issues like pressure loss and improper inflation contribute to heightened fuel consumption, reduced range, and increased pollution levels. STC envisions a future where its tires become an integral and enduring component of vehicles, obviating the need for regular maintenance and outlasting other vehicle parts.






New Product Kickstarter Alert: BikeGab leather frame bag

Author: Dustin Posted: 2016-02-10

We're always scouring the web for great bike news and gear, and today we've found another  another kickstarter project worth checking out.
This one is the BikeGab leather bag which doubles as a frame bag (straps to the top and seat tubes) and a messenger-style bag for when you're off your bike.  I really like the workmanship (based on the photographs... but if I get my hands on one, I'll report back with a hands-on review) as well as the fact that you can fully access the bag's contents without removing the bag from the bike.  

There are plenty of bags out there for your bike and your body, so it takes quality and attention to detail to stand out, and it really looks like the BikeGab has what it takes.  Check out the  BikeGab kickstarter pageand decide for yourself.

Borrowed, with permission, from the  BikeGab kickstarter page:




Features

  • Back pocket for quick access
  • Phone pocket (inside)
  • Removable and adjustable shoulder strap
  • Multiple options for attaching bag to your bicycle
  • Side strap to attach the bag to the seat tube
  • Leather prevents any slipping





Link: BikeGab Kickstarter Project



Mineral Design - the Barstow system & the Mini Bar

Author: Dustin Posted: 2016-01-18

If you're like me, one of your favorite things about cycling is the minimalism of it all.  It's just you, the bike, and maybe a few things you can carry in your pockets or bag.  But breaking down sucks, and is even worse if you can't get it mended on-the-spot.  Extra inner-tubes and a tire tool are easy to find and carry... but what about screw drives and allen wrenches?  Even more, what about a chain tool?  I bet most of us don't carry those things around with us, and if we do, its a pain in the ...

Well, not any more, thanks to Mineral Design's Barstow system (a rad concept to carry a chain tool within your handlebar end caps!) and Mini Bar tool (a multi-tool that carries all the bits you'd need in a compact size).

I think they're really worth a look, and if you like their build quality and attention to detail as much as I do, you may want to help kickstart these products!  Click here to check out the kickstarter.

Check out this info directly from the horse's mouth (well from Justin & Mike, and their press release).
***
The Mini Bar is a lightweight mini tool that’s built to last.  The compact shape allows it to be stored easily in a jersey pocket, saddlebag, or backpack while the unique handle design provides the leverage and comfort of a full size tool.  The TIG welded, high strength steel handle has 3 positions to accept ¼” hex bits which are held in place with neodymium magnets.  The bits are stored in a tray that attaches to the handle magnetically. The tool ships with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm hex, T25 Torx, Phillips and Flat screwdriver bits; providing users with the most commonly needed sizes for road or trail side repair.

Dimensions:
96.8mm (3.8in) Long x 12.7mm (0.5in) Thick x 33.5mm (1.3in) Wide

Weight:
112 grams (4 ounces) (including 6 bits and rack)




The Barstow System is a new way of making use of the space in the grip section of your handlebar. The Barstow Chain Tool is a high quality chain tool with quick-link storage, hidden behind a handsome bar end cap. The chain tool was designed with a rotating handle,allowing it to follow the curvature of any handlebar. The handle features magnetic storage for the quick-link and a spring washer around the pivot to prevent rattling when traversing rough terrain. The Barstow Chain Tool includes a matching cap for the other side and there are already plans to expand the lineup with more tools or storage solutions in the near future. Barstow Caps are available in red, black, and silver anodized. Dimensions: 28mm (1.1in) Diameter Cap 15mm (0.6in) Diameter Body (Chain Tool) 86.9mm (3.4in) Long -Barstow Chain Tool -Extended 27.5mm (1.1in) Long -Barstow Cap Weight: 40 grams (1.4 ounces) -Barstow Chain Tool 15 grams (0.5 ounces) -Barstow Cap About Us: Mineral Design is a new company focused on product design. Justin and Mike founded Mineral Design over a shared interest in cycling and the outdoors. Both are mechanical engineers with a broad based experience ranging from the cycling and motocross industry, to consumer electronics, to construction equipment large and small.






Link: Mineral Design's Kickstarter Campaign



Jaguar’s Bike Sense Protects Cyclists

Author: Mark Page Posted: 2015-01-21



Bike Sense is Jaguar’s brand new technology that alerts the driver to unseen hazards using LED lights, bike bell sounds and even a tap on the shoulder. Watch to see this groundbreaking technology in action and how Jaguar will keep drivers and cyclists safer.




Link: YouTube Video



Advertise on VivaLaBike!

Author: Dustin Posted: 2014-11-12

Advertise on VLB and reach your target audience!

As you have seen on the right and left side-bars, VLB offers graphic/banner ads which will allow you to reach your target audience - fellow bike enthusiasts from around the world!

Rates

The longer you advertise, the less you pay per month!

DURATION      RATE

1 Month             $7/month

2-6 Months          $5/month 

Full Year:          $50/year
 

**All rates are in USD


Though there is no exact equivalent, we've found that similar sites are charging anywhere from $50-100 per month for similar ads.  We want you to get value for your ad dollars with our very competitive rates!

INTERESTED?  Email Us!



Your ad will reach:

* Over 1000 monthly visitors (average)

* Regularly returning visitors (approx 20% of our visits)

* And a strong stream of new visitors!! (i.e. increased sets of eyes seeing your ads on a regular basis).  
Approximately 80% of our visits are from new visitors

* A truly international audience
	
Approximatle breakdown of site visits by country^:
35% United States

7% United Kingdom

6% South Korea

2-6% each: Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Germany, Hong KOng, Japan, Netherlands, and MORE

^(sample based on June-December 2012)






 OLDER


Best Tech

Fight in Oakland!
Vote Now!


Recent Articles


Recent Gallery
  • Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (Austin, TX) Posted: 2015-03-16
  • Fast Folks Bike Shop (Austin TX) Posted: 2015-03-16
  • Pedal Pushers Bike Shop (Austin TX) Posted: 2015-03-16

  • Not a Member?

    Friends of vivalabike.com