6 cycling accessories every bike commuter needs

July 13, 2016 by  
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Bike commuters enjoy plenty of advantages with their chosen mode of transportation: less impact on the environment, great cardiovascular health, and being able to zip through traffic. But cyclists also run into a variety of dilemmas on the road. Luckily, a variety of companies are creating products and technologies that make bike commutes more comfortable and hassle-free. We’ve lined up six cool cycling accessories that are especially useful for commuters – check them out. 1. Fontus self-filling water bottle Running out of water on a hot and humid ride can be a nightmare for cyclists, but Fontus has taken care of that problem. The solution is a self-filling water bottle . Water droplets are harvested straight out of the air with the system’s two-chambered cooler, which turns condensation into drinkable hydration. The Ryde model can be affixed to bicycles, collecting as much as a half liter of H2O during an hour-long commute. 2. EVELO electric-converting Omni Wheel Unlike cars, you don’t have to trade in your traditional bike for an electric one. EVELO ’s Omni Wheel transforms your ride into an e-bike in just 30 minutes. The wheel contains the battery, electronics, and motor needed to power your cycle electrically and fits to replace most standard cycles’ front wheels. An adjustable pedal assist feature helps to customize your commute and links your travel data to a wireless display. The system is priced at about half the going rate for an entirely new electric bike, and you get to convert your cycle back to its human-powered glory whenever you want. 3. Buca Boot weatherproof bicycle trunk Any rider who has ever wished for spacious and secure storage during their commute would love a Buca Boot . Modeled after car trunks, the versatile storage system attaches to your bicycle and can only be locked or detached with a key. It features expandable side pannier bags and a wooden lid that can open on its hinges to accommodate larger items, like bags of groceries. The weatherproof design is perfect for all climates and riders can choose between three different colors to fit their style. 4. Self-inflating PumpTire tube Say goodbye to the days of over-inflating your bike tires before you hit the road. PumpTire ’s puncture-resistant bike tube uses the rhythmic compression of riding to fill your cycle’s tire during your commute. Once the preset tire pressure level is reached, the mechanism shuts off, completely behind the scenes, so you can enjoy your journey without the worry of going flat. Kits fit any standard, third-party 700c and 26-inch bicycle tires . 5. Bike Lift&Carry shoulder strap Carrying a bike up and down stairs is the bane of cyclists  everywhere, but this shoulder strap helps you transport your ride with ease, all while leaving one hand free to navigate doors or elevators. The Bike Lift&Carry system affixes below the seat, out of sight, until you need it. The strap extends to the handlebars, where a carabine keeps it securely in place for transport. A press of a button rolls the strap back into place until you need it again. The revolutionary product also comes in a variety of colors to match your ride. 6. DIY bamboo Mandy Fenders In less than 30 minutes, Bamboobee ’s innovative Mandy Fender can be installed without mechanical expertise. A special memory film in the design allows users to contour the fender to their desired shape and attach it to the frame. Riders can also switch out the interchangeable fender for each bike they own. The veneers’ bamboo material is not only environmentally sustainable, lightweight, and weather-resistant, but also an attractive addition to any bike. Images via Fontus , EVELO , Buca Boot , PumpTire , Bike Lift&Carry , Bamboobee

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We’re running out of chocolate and it’s our own fault

October 11, 2015 by  
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Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it’s our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut have unveiled statistics that show consumption of chocolate worldwide is outpacing cocoa production and creating a chocolate deficit. Read the rest of We’re running out of chocolate and it’s our own fault

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We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

November 17, 2014 by  
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Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it’s our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut have unveiled statistics that show consumption of chocolate worldwide is outpacing cocoa production and creating a chocolate deficit. Read the rest of We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , callebaut , chocolate , chocolate depression , chocolate shortage , Climate Change , Consumption , deficit , disease , Drought , farming , mars , Mars chocolate bars , west , West Africa chocolate

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Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat

November 17, 2014 by  
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The influx of wheat allergies in the United States may not be gluten-related as many have thought, but instead could be attributed to Monsanto’s toxic weed killer known as Roundup . Used as a drying agent, Roundup contains glyphosate , a deadly herbicide that not only kills weeds, but binds to the soil it is sprayed on. It turns out that spraying Roundup on wheat crops at harvest time boosts production, as a result of which farmers are using it more liberally, and Americans are consuming trace amounts of the toxic chemical every time they eat wheat-based products. Read the rest of Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: celiac disease , eco design , gluten allergy , Glyphosate , green design , roundup , Roundup Bread , sustainable design , wheat allergy , wheat in America

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

October 21, 2014 by  
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The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses. Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti and an advisor at the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School has been hunting for the elusive and endangered agarikon in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest – one of only a few places in the world along with Europe where these massive fungi grow. Why, you ask? Both in ancient spiritual traditions and modern medicine, agarikon are believed to be one of the most potent medicines known to humanity. Indigenous peoples in both North America and Europe used agarikon to treat a host of illnesses and infectious diseases – ranging from coughs to asthma, and arthritis to infections. Even the ancient Greeks knew of agarikon and called it an “elixir for long life” because it was used to treat tuberculosis. Read the rest of Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agarikon , arthristis , bird flu , disease , fungi , fungus , mushroom , old growth forest , stamets , swine ful , treatment , tuberculosis

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Horrifying Disease Causes Thousands of Starfish to Pull Themselves Apart

February 4, 2014 by  
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Scientists have discovered that millions of starfish have been dying along the Western Coast of the United States in recent months due to a mysterious disease that causes them to tear themselves apart. The creatures’ arms begin to twist and then literally crawl away from their body, often causing their insides to spill out as well. According to a report by  PBS News , most starfish die within 24 hours of contracting the disease, and scientists are unsure of how to help. Read the rest of Horrifying Disease Causes Thousands of Starfish to Pull Themselves Apart Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: mysterious starfish disease , Pisaster ochraceus , plague decimates starfish populations along the West Coast , Pycnopodia helianthoides , sea star wasting syndrome , starfish disembowel themselves , starfish tear off their own arms , sunflower sea star disease        

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Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina?

September 24, 2013 by  
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Image via Wikimedia Commons After tap water containing the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri claimed the life of a four-year-old boy in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, state epidemiologist Raoult Ratard posits that the amoeba may have populated the water supply as a result of post-Katrina conditions in the area. Ratard admits that his theory is “just an idea,” but one that does raise potentially valuable questions about the state of local infrastructure since the region experienced devastating flooding some eight years ago. Read the rest of Could Louisiana’s Brain-Eating Amoebas be Linked to Hurricane Katrina? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brain Eating Amoeba , disease , flooding , Hurricane Katrina , louisiana , Naegleria fowleri , natural disaster , New Orleans , Raoult Ratard , st bernard , water issues , water pollution        

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Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

August 12, 2013 by  
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This summer, over a hundred dead dolphins washed up on the shores of the East Coast of the United States, and scientists are baffled about the cause. Whatever is hurting the animals is specifically targeting bottlenose dolphins , who have been dying out in such alarming numbers that now the federal government is joining in on the investigation . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beaches , dead dolphins , disease , Dolphin Deaths , dolphins , east coast , marine biology , marine life , new jersey , ocean , poison , Pollution , toxins , virginia        

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Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough Could Save Millions of Lives!

October 19, 2011 by  
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Flickr / CC BY 3.0 After 24 Years of Research… According to the World Health Organization’s 2010 World Malaria Report , Malaria kills close to a million people each year, and more than 200 million people are infected. Fighting the disease is one of the top public health issues in the world, and reducing the number of cases (with the goal of one day eradicating it completely) is one of the low hanging fruits fo… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Mysterious Disease Spreading Among Arctic Seals

October 14, 2011 by  
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Photo: ADialla / cc Beginning last July, officials from Alaska’s Department of Wildlife Management began receiving reports of ringed seals showing signs of a mysterious, lesion-causing disease that has so far killed dozens of animals and inflicted possibly hundreds more — and the illness shows no signs of slowing. Biologists are approaching the situation with particular concern considering the vital role the seals play in an arctic food-chain, one that’s already under pressure from melting sea ice — leading some to worry about the disease’s pote… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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