Skylock: The Mother of All Bike Locks

Kryptonite locks are gonna look so quaint next to the Skylock, the end-all, be-all for bike locks. This thing doesn’t just lock your bike, it’s more like a bike concierge.

Skylock has crammed a plethora of features into a tiny 2.5 pound package. Check out the Bluetooth 4.0. Users can unlock/lock the Skylock from their smartphone, or have it unlock when they reach a certain distance from the Skylock. It features a crash detection sensor. Onboard accelerometers sense changes in speed and if there’s a sudden change, it’ll ask you, via app, if you’re ok. If a response isn’t received, it automatically dials out to responders and gives your location.

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Become the Uber of bikes and lend out your bike to verified users in the Skylock network. But what about solar panels? It has those too. Great for recharging the battery. If there’s not enough sun, hook it up to a power source with the onboard micro USB. Whaaat?

The Skylock still is in the crowdfunding stages with an anticipated ship date of Christmas 2014. Right now, early birds can get it for $160, a big discount off the expected retail price of $250.

Elk & Iceberg Bike Hangers

While I haven’t seen any news coverage about an army of aggressive cockroaches developing poison fangs yet, still, that’s not the the kinda thing you wanna wait on the unreliable news media to get around to. Protect your bicycle from ravenous roach teeth with these solid oak Bike Hangers ($240-$295). They mount to the wall and will safely hang your bicycle out of harm’s way, securing top tubes up to 1.58-inches thick. If two new bike hangers (here’s the other one) aren’t a sign of an impending invasion by these insidious insects, I don’t know what is.

Alfine Di2: Electronic Bike Shifting

Like bacon-flavored donuts, the Alfine Di2 delivers something you may not have thought you needed, but now probably want: internal electronic shifting. A battery in the seat post provides power to the shifter, hub and a small bar-mounted display tells you what gear you’re in and how much juice is left–when you’re out, just plug it in. The 11-speed Di2 should be available this fall, with a price TBD.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Hold on to your hats, secure your belongings, and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times, because Kawasaki has just released their newest speed demon, the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R. Powered by a 1,441cc four-stroke, liquid cooled DOHC inline four cylinder, the ZX-14R is being plugged as the world’s fastest accelerating motorcycle. With increased air flow, six speed transmission, traction control, increased frame rigidity and throttle-by-wire controls, you can expect nothing less than superior performance. So retire the Jack LaLanne workout video, because canning it on this neon green rocket (soon to be available in other colors) will work every muscle in your body as you hold on for the ride of your life.

VANDEYK Nightstream Bike Collection

For the bicyclist with a sharp eye for quality, consider boutique builder VANDEYK’s Nightstream Collection. The collection is the result of a creative team stacked with a top notch and award winning photographer, illustrative designer, framebuilder and creative directors. Handmade in Germany, quality components from  Chris King, T.A. Specialties, Paul Components and Phil Wood contribute to the stunning colorways of this limited edition bike. Only 25 will be made, so best preorder now.

colette x Super Motor Scooter

With gas past the $4 mark, it’s time to consider downsizing your transportation. colette, the famous Paris-based boutique, teams up with Super Motor Company for the limited edition colette x Super Motor Scooter. Painted in colette’s signature blue and white colorways, the scooter features a semi-automatic three speed, 4-stroke engine and 17” rims. Holla!

Sold as either a Super 50 (moped) or Super 100 (light motorcycle), colette and Super Motor Company pay tribute to celebrated French designer and father of the mini-skirt, Andres Courrege’s 1970s Matra Bagheera auto. Availalable at colette starting on May 23rd.

YikeBike

In dense, urban areas, ease of transportation is increasingly limited. Cars and even bikes become cumbersome. The YikeBike looks to solve that problem and bring enjoyment to short-distance transportation. Designed to be the world’s smallest electric bike, the YikeBike features a carbon fiber frame and weighs a little over 20 pounds. Plug it in, charge it for 30 minutes and you’ve just bought yourself 6 miles of time-saving travel. Riders easily accelerate and brake with controls located near the seat, while hitting top speeds of 15 mph on the 1 kw motor.

When arriving, the YikeBike folds up to roughly 2.5′ x 2′, something that you can just sling over your shoulder. For those looking to help the environment, save time and want a bit of cool factor in their life, the YikeBike looks to be the perfect asset. The carbon fiber frame retails for $3,795, while the slightly heavier aluminum frame sells for $1,995. Video of the YikeBike in action below. Purchase directly from YikeBike here.

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The Uno III

And you thought Transformers was just a movie? Think again. Consider next year’s arrival of the BPG Motors’s Uno III as the next step in personal transportation. The dicycle (a vehicle with two wheels side by side) alternates between an upright, urban Segway-like transporter and a scooter class vehicle. The bike runs on electricity, has zero emissions and charges in 3-4 hours. Choose between two modes: Uno mode and motorcycle mode.

In Uno mode, the bike rests in an upright position and its conventional motorcycle handle bars, accelerator and hand brakes control movement. Its active tilt technology enables you to adjust the lean of the bike, bank left or right and maneuver uneven ground. How does it do this? Mice. Lots of genetically engineered mice. Oh, and gyroscopic controls.

Once you head out onto the streets, initiate motorcycle mode. Those two back wheels close in and extend out behind your seat. At the same time, a third wheel deploys out and under the handlebars. Drives just like a motorcycle and tops out at 35 mph. Refundable $200 deposits are currently accepted and expect retail price to be $5,000 to $7,500.