Technically Geeking: What’s New in Bikes Sep30

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Technically Geeking: What’s New in Bikes

Commuter by Vanilla Bicycles

Commuter by Vanilla Bicycles

a blogumn by Justin Time

If being a gadget/software geek is my day job, then being a bike geek is my secret passion. I’ve held off discussing bikes here as long as possible, but since Interbike (the MacWorld of bicycles) was held last week in Vegas, I think the time has come. There are always a lot of cool things that come out at Interbike, but here are are the Technically Geeking highlights:

• Bike Fitting App for iPhone – It takes photo-based measurements of your body to determine what size bike you need.
• Gyrowheels – Make learning to ride a bike even easier because the bike rides itself, making Dad even more obsolete.
• Streetwrapz – Hipsters rejoice! Fashion decals for your whole bike. Only $50.
• Keen Bike Sneakers – Shoes, capable of accepting bike cleats, that actually look nice.
• Dahon iPhone Bike Mount – Waterproof and shock-resistant, so you can really show off your geek cred while riding.

In other bike news, David Byrne is on tour with his new book, Bicycle Diaries, and will be in Los Angeles this Friday discussing bike politics with a Civic Leader, Urban Theorist, and a Bicycle Advocate (from the Bicycle Kitchen): Los Angeles, CA: 2 October 2009 @8pm, Aratani Theater.

Let me leave you with a short list of my favorite bike builders. You can tell I am a fan of classically designed lugged steel bikes (because they last forever and look fantastic). If you like pretty bikes, you will want to click these links.

• Rivendell Bicycles – Walnut Creek, CA
• Vanilla Bicycles –  Portland, OR
• Mitch Pryor Bicycles – Portland, OR
• Mariposa Cycle – Toronto, ON
• A.N.T. Bikes – Holliston, MA

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for custom bike builders that I should check out. These sites are like crack to me.