Entries in Cycling (3)

Fixiestudio For iPad Lets You Create Your Dream Hipster Bike

Like Bikes? Then you'll love playing Bike Designer with this Free app from Fixiestudio.com.

Fixies have a special place in the heart of many cycling enthusiasts (and cycle messengers). These hip, brakeless, single gear bikes are often seen nipping in and out of traffic. Arguably the coolest Fixie would be custom built for you to your design.

For those of us who can't afford our own custom built Fixie, (and even for those that can) there is now an iPad app that can help us dream about our unique mean machine.

The free Fixiestudio app emulates the Flash based configurator on the Fixiestudio website, which of course doesn't work on your iPad. This let's you design and spec out your very own dream machine right down to the colour and style of every part of the bike from the Headset to the Dropout.

Custom Shop

It is a lot of fun mixing up the colours and parts making up your new dream ride. If you're not sure where to start you can try the Presets menu and choose 'I feel lucky' which gives you a random selection of colours and components with some interesting results.

You can even play around with the gear ratio (top right of the screen) which gives you the number of Skid Patches that you would have (no brakes remember), the more the better for tyre wear. If you're not sure what that means have a look at this, it can be very important when there are no brakes!

A few things missing

We think there are a few things that could be added, like sharing options to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc. once we have crafted our design, other than taking a screengrab. The app could also benefit from an undo/redo function negating the need to dig back through the menus to change an option back.

Also the design is completely reset if you exit out of the app, which we did a few times by accident, or intervention by little fingers eager to get to Finding Nemo.

It annoyed us too that the app didn't switch around when we held our iPad with the Home button on the left (our test case/stand works this way round), it just stayed upside down.

But those are just niggles because the app is free from the App Store. For fans of the site (over 7000 on Facebook) it is nice to have a version you can use on your iPad as opposed to the web Flash version. Give it a try!

Video Find: DIY iPad Cycle Mount

It is funny what you find when trawling the Web for iPad related videos.  Over at Vimeo we found the video below, uploaded a few days ago from Alejandro Pozo.  It is a series of stills but shows how he has gone about creating his own mount after searching for a commercial solution.

Why would you want to do this?

a) Why not?

b) Imagine this as a map replacement for cycle touring or as a large screened GPS. There are a number of apps being developed for the iPad specifically, but iPhone versions of cycle apps already exist. Just do a search in the app store and you will find lots of them.

The potential for writing off our iPad concerns us a bit, given the likelihood of a fall when cycling especially in the Winter, but maybe if a sturdy enough casing was used this would be better.

What do you think? Do you know of any other good solutions for Cyclists? Let us know in the comments below.

DIY. How to mount an Ipad on a bike. from Alejandro Pozo on Vimeo.


Friday Fun: The Sprocket Pocket

Two great passions of ours (well mine anyway) are Gadgets (obviously) and Cycling. If a third was embroidery then we would be making this our weekend project.

From the madly creative team at Maya Design, this idea was a 24 hour project for them just about the time that the iPad launched, so sorry if you have seen this before, but you should see it if you haven't already. It is great fun and shows a particularly creative use for the iPad.

Using their own app Maya Sprocket, the team designed this pocket to be worn initially on the rider's back so that particular signs were shown when the cyclist stops or turns left or right, or example.  All the signs can be customised with your own images too.

There is even the option to show a custom message when tapped, such as the "Back off Buddy!" message shown in the screenshot here. We imagine this could end up getting a bit more offensive in some hands though.

If you are on a bicycle made for two the back seat passenger has a built-in entertainment system, they show someone reading a book but imagine watching a video or (3G willing) checking Twitter as you provide the rear-engine leg power and let someone else do the steering.

Health and Safety concerns aside we loved this project and wanted to share it with you on this Friday lunchtime. Enjoy!

(The video starts just over 3 minutes in to show the Sprocket Pocket in action, but if you want the full detail of how to create this awesome jacket with iPad pocket sewn in, then please feel free to play the video from the beginning.)