If you live in a built up urban area with a proliferation of cool kids it’s pretty hard not notice the sea of cool kids on single speed bicycles – and the even cooler kids on fixed gear bicycles. And it’s also pretty hard not to notice all the cool kids wandering around with tablet computers. So why oh why can’t their worlds collide? And I’m not talking about cyclists crashing into people walking the street glaring at tablets and not looking where they are going. Although I have seen that.
Bespoke bicycle manufacturer 14 Bike co and Samsung have collaborated to create a top of the range road bike with a holder designed to house your Galaxy Tab 10.1. I’m very familiar with 14 Bike Co’s products and have owned two of their bikes (the first was stolen). The quality of their bikes is seriously impressive – so much so that the first one I bought was stolen from me within a week and the second lies reverently unridden in my living room.
For its size, the Samsung 10.1 is one of the thinnest tablets out there at 8.6 mm and weights a mere 565 grams so it’s not going to unnecessarily bulk out your commute. The Tab holder is designed by F1 manufacturers and is also super light at just 125 grams. The bike itself is a hand built steel frame with a black and white cookie style design (because you can get a black or white Tab apparently).
The Tab holder is detachable and is made from carbon fibre – with the same specification as you’d expect on F1 cars. This gives it an really high strength-to-weight ratio, which you’d expect if you were going to strap something as valuable as a tablet to something as precarious as a bicycle.
14 Bike Co mostly make bikes to order so if you’ve been missing a 10 inch tablet from the side of your tablet (and I know I have) then contact John (I’ve met him and he’s very nice) from 14 bike co here.
Father’s Day is on June 21, and the good news is that gone are the days when you poor dads had to look delighted when you unwrapped yet another tie, pair of socks or cufflinks. In these high-tech times, there are loads of ideas for dads, whatever your budget. So, if you’re looking for your own dad, or are a dad hoping to drop a few heavy hints, we hope we have something for everyone.
Feature packed and compact, the X-HM50 Micro Hi-Fi system from Pioneer has a CD slot, if Dad has not managed to upgrade to digital music just yet, but if he’s a bit more ‘down with the kids’, the built-in iPod Dock will let him listen to his tunes from his iPod or iPhone and control them from the comfort of his sofa with the remote control. The system also has two powerful 50-watt speakers and a DAB/FM radio tuner for listening to the football. The price? £299. More at http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/42/202/227/X-HM50-K/index.html
If he loves his car and his iPhone, Oxygen Audio is offering a chance to integrate the phone with the car stereo with its O-Car, which makes the phone the central control unit for the stereo system. The integrated head unit lets you control functions through the iPhone’s touch-screen. The iPhone fits directly into the system and offers four 55W amp links to the car’s speakers so that you can listen to music via the phone’s iPod, and make and receive hands-free calls or pair with a Bluetooth headset. Find out more at www.oxygenaudio.com.
If you think dad should start taking care of his appearance, perhaps he’ll be persuaded by this latest techno-beauty product, which comes from Germany. SQOOM is a skin treatment system that is being sold online at Harrods and claims to make the skin look, brighter, tighter and more radiant. The handheld sonic device delivers specially developed gels into the skin, using a mixture of ultrasound and ionisation to massage deep into the skin. A number of gels are available to treat problems such as sports injuries, acnes, dry flaky skin, and scars. The device comesi n black or silver and costs a rather eye-watering £529 for a set including two gels. But hey, surely your dad is worth it? Buy online at www.harrods.com
For anyone who has an iPad a chance to turn it into an 80s arcade machine must be tempting. Step up the iCade, which lets you choose from 200 original Atari games – nostalgia-tastic! The price? £79.99 from www.firebox.com. Another goodie from the same site is Vertical Vinyl. It will play all of dad’s old records, and this record player will also save valuable space in the living room. Again, it comes in at £79.99.
If you’ve got considerably more to spend – just short of four grand to be exact – how about treating a cycle-mad dad to the latest in bike technology? Just released is the a new range of high performance electric bikes, including a special model called the Storck Cosworth EFV – the result of an ongoing partnership between Cosworth and the German bike manufacturer. This carbon-fibre bicycle sports a Shimano Deore XT groupset and hydraulic disc brakes alongside a high performance 250W motor, which produces 60Nm of torque, powered by a 25.5V Lithium polymer battery. Ian Hughes, UK distributor for Storck Bicycle said the product launch was hugely exciting for Britain’s bicycle industry. “The timing is perfect for this innovative product to be launched to the market. There has been enormous growth in the use of electric bikes in mainland Europe, and the time is right for the product to take off in the UK,” he said. Find out more at www.cosworth.com
Cycling is always fun, but the good thing is that some big boys’ toys can make rather tedious jobs more enjoyable too. That’s why Karcher has come up with The Beast, its most powerful pressure washer to date, which will have dad itching to clean the car, the patio, anything at all in fact – don’t stand still too long, that’s all we can say! The K6 features Karcher’s famed “Plug ‘n’ Clean” system with in-built regulation for the quickest and most practical way to apply detergents. Simply select the right detergent for the job, slot it in and get cleaning. “The Beast” can deliver a huge 150 Bar maximum pressure, which is approximately 40 times as powerful as a garden hose, and costs £499. See www.karcher.co.uk for more
When it comes to presents, people can usually be defined by one key interest. If that interest is cycling, then you’ve come to the right page. We’ve toured the web and picked some of the greatest gifts any keen velo-driver might ever want.
For loved ones: Wikku Mirror Indicators
Nothing says “I love you” more than anti-get-hit-by-a-car cycling mirror indicators. They bad boys fit on your handlebars and let you mirror, signal and then manoeuvre just like a real car. £44.78.
Slightly-less-cheap-and-more-obscure-but-bear-with-me: TurboCharger iPhone 4 Back Pack from Proporta
Honestly, they’ll probably need an iPhone 4 to benefit from this one. Still, not only will it protect the iPhone from any scrapes and drops it might experience on a bike, but the 1700mAh pack will also double the phone’s battery life. Perfect for the cyclist using GPRS to map their route, or navigate, or blast out phat tunes with wanton disregard for road safety. £49.95.
For the music lover: Vita Audio R1 KMII
It’s a DAB radio. However, it’s also stylish and small, and can be purchased with a carry pack and a battery add-on so those crystal clear digital radio broadcasts can travel with you. After all, who hasn’t longed for the car radio experience while cycling along?
Apart from the novelty value, there are loads of other useful functions – adjustable bass and treble controls, an input for other audio devices (maybe the iPhone, with its enhanced battery pack?). If you’re planning on passing it on for Christmas, however, you may need to hand over an I.O.U. – it’s not out ‘til June!
The London Cycler (someone whose bicycle has recently been stolen): MyVelo Customised Bike
If you like your bike to make a statement about you, you’ll need it customised. MyVelo builds bikes based on your specification – you choose which type of saddle, frame, wheel, grips, mudguards and colours you what.
Once you’ve picked out your colour scheme (or used a pre-design style or a random selection), you can either head to the showroom to watch the bike being built, or just sit back and wait for it to be delivered. Easy.
The bikes themselves are all hybrid-sports cycles, available in both men’s and women’s lightweight aluminium alloy frames. If you’re one to boast about these things, they’ve got 21-speed Shimano gears, Italian Selle Bassano 3 zone comfort seat and Kenda puncture resistant tyres. £375.