“What are you doing?” asked Gracie. “I’m making some pencil sketches of you and the others.” “Why would you do that?” “So I won’t forget any of you.” “You aren’t forgetful. You always remember to feed us.” “Well, sometimes people forget even though they don’t want to forget especially when they get old. So I […]
“Springtime = Bicycle Season is coming…!” Are any new gadgets, trends, innovations, upgrades available?
1. Trend: Cargo bike and family bicycle
The bicycle can do much more than transport a person from point A to B in an environmentally friendly way. The innovations in the booming cargo bike sector are proof of that. Canadian manufacturer Wike’s Salamander Cycle Stroller offers one especially clever solution: with just a few maneuvers, the $2,500 marvel can transform from a family bicycle into a baby stroller.
German start-up Muli-Cycles’ multifunctional, urban Muli, which can hold up to 154 pounds in a practically collapsible basket, has won several awards. It can easily accommodate a child seat, a case of beer, or a shopping basket. Larger cargo bikes can even transport trash cans, or act as a base station for tradespeople or nursing services. “At least 50 % of transport in the city can be handled in an environmentally friendly way with cargo bikes.
2. Customized bikes
Finding the perfect bike with the right frame size for everyone is a great added value that both stationary and online retailers offer their customers. Offering the innovative technology, for example, is the Smartfit system by the German company Radlabor. Their stationary devices start at a price of 990 euros, plus payments for a software license.
A body scan is used to determine the perfect sitting position and frame size for every body shape. The perfect custom bike can then be selected from a bike database of over 100 brands. The online tool is ideal for e-commerce.
3. Smart Gadgets: Digitalization and Sunglasses with a Rearview Mirror
Digitalization is a megatrend which, naturally, is also palpable in the bicycle industry. Among the latest innovations are helmets networked with navigation devices via Bluetooth, and that can also be used to communicate with other cyclists via intercom. You can also get ongoing information about the tire pressure via smartphone app, thanks American company Quarq’s Tyrewiz sensors (two cost $199), which are easily screwed onto the valve.
A Norwegian start-up is offering another exciting development: a pair of glasses with integrated rearview mirror, named theTriEye glasses. A long overdue invention – you don’t have to turn around while cycling, especially when you have your children with you. After all, you don’t drive your car without a rear-view mirror.
4. Electric Trend conquering the Racing Bike
E-bikes and e-mountain bikes have long since made it into the mainstream. But due to technical innovations and a slimmer design, the electrification trend is now increasingly reaching racing bikes, although opinions are very divided among customers. Major manufacturers like Focus, Pinarello, Cube, and Bianchi have presented racing bikes with the new, removable Fazua motor (just a little over seven pounds including battery!).
I’ll be happy once I’ve done this certain thing. We all say this often not realizing what it brings. We look only to the future for our happiness. Letting life slip through our fingers in its fullness. Will we really feel complete when the task is done, or look back and see how we missed so much fun? Self consumed so we can’t see anything else, hurting those we love as well as ourselves. So many things around us to be grateful for. When seeking for an answer, willingly open the door. So often, others see what’s in front of our face, but we’re too blind to look as we’re snared in the race. What is this life supposed to be about? Is it money, fortune, fame, or a big house? When speaking to a man on his dying bed, none of these answers are what he said. Family, love, laughter are what we should seek. These are the precious things that keep life from being bleak.
Home is the place where the laughter should ring, And man should be found at his best. Let the cares of the day be as great as they may, The night has been fashioned for rest. So leave at the door when the toiling is o’er All the burdens of worktime behind, And just be a dad to your girl or your lad– A dad of the rollicking kind.
The office is made for the tasks you must face; It is built for the work you must do; You may sit there and sigh as your cares pile up high, And no one may criticize you; You may worry and fret as you think of your debt, You may grumble when plans go astray, But when it comes night, and you shut your desk tight, Don’t carry the burdens away.
Keep daytime for toil and the nighttime for play, Work as hard as you choose in the town, But when the day ends, and the darkness descends, Just forget that you’re wearing a frown– Go home with a smile! Oh, you’ll find it worth while; Go home light of heart and of mind; Go home and be glad that you’re loved as a dad, A dad of the fun-loving kind.