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Cyclist dies after being crushed by truck in Rose Bay - The Daily Telegraph

Google News | Cycling - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 03:36

The Daily Telegraph

Cyclist dies after being crushed by truck in Rose Bay
The Daily Telegraph
“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends, and in particular to his wife and four children.“ Mr Sunde said he believed Dr Sueke was riding on the inside of the truck when the cyclist hit a parked car and was thrown under the wheels of ...

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Will head for a little spin on the 3rd of June. More information...

Seabase - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 03:24


Will head for a little spin on the 3rd of June. More information via
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Biogeochemistry: Silica cycling over geologic time - Nature.com

Google News | Cycling - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 02:03

Biogeochemistry: Silica cycling over geologic time
Nature.com
A dynamic biological silica cycle plays a critical role in primary productivity and carbon cycling, both on the continents and in the oceans. Carbon fixation by siliceous marine diatoms contributes roughly half of marine net primary production (26 GtC ...

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Disaster Strikes!

Guitar Ted Productions - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 01:30
Fargo-notWell, ya know what they say- "anything that can go wrong will go wrong." I guess that's what might explain what happened here. Yesterday, I was availed the chance to ride to work, since it wasn't raining, and I was keen to run the Fat Fargo through some clayish mud back behind a strip of stores I typically pass by on my way to work. There is some construction going on back there and they have made a mess of things with their vehicles and whatnot. Perfect for some mucking about to see how the drivetrain behaves before I find any mud Saturday at the DK200.

Well, it behaved badly!

I was moving along through a bit of tricky mud, and not the first mud I'd found by any means, and then I heard it: Snap! I stopped as soon as possible, making maybe only a half a pedal stroke, but it was too late. Here's my chance to use another tired old saw! "When handed a lemon, make lemonade!"

I decided to use the opportunity to test my roadside repair kit. I would surely find a hole in my preparations if there was one, because the chain was jammed behind the spokes down along the hub shell and the derailleur was...........destroyed! Well, not really, but the chain was jammed so tightly in the cage it wouldn't pass through it. Okay, now to get to thinkering!

I went through a couple of ideas, but when I found my needle nosed Vice Grip pliers, I knew I could wedge the nose against the biggest cassette cog and use it as a fulcrum to make the jaws of the pliers a pry bar of sorts. It worked! The chain was being extracted a little bit at a time. However, that dratted derailleur was now causing me some frustrations, since it was locked to the chain. I was able to find the quick link, so I undid that, and I loosed the derailleur from the cable. All that gave me enough "wiggle room" to finish extracting the chain. Then I could coast the bike.

Now I was only about three blocks at most from work, so I walked it in from there. Had I been at the DK200, my next step would have been to release the chain from the derailleur cage by undoing the bolts through the jockey wheel. Since I had a spare hangar, I could have then replaced it. Then I would have had to repair the cage, replace the chain, and reinstall everything again. The hole in my kit? No LocTite. Usually when you replace a jockey wheel, ya gotta put some LocTite on those bolts or they work themselves out and bang! Back in the pits again with a janky drive train! So....the lesson learned. Pack a little bit o LocTite!

The bad thing here is that I didn't trust that old Ultra 9 speed derailleur after that, and bought a new one at work. An XT 10 speed one. You know what that means? I either run my current shifter in friction mode or try to graft on my Gevenalle 10 speed shifter. I also have to look at the drive side spokes, and if those are toast, I will just have to bail on the whole Fat Fargo thing and go back to the BMC, which I would be okay with.

What did I end up doing? Stay tuned.........

UPDATE: I ended up sticking the Gevenalle GX 10 speed shifter on by swapping levers, then the 10 speed DynaSys rear derailleur shifted properly over the 9 speed cogset!!  I didn't realize that I had mixed 9 and 10 speed until I was test riding the bike in front of the house at 11:30pm! Oh well........it works, and that is all that matters right now.

On to Emporia.
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Isadore cycling gear - first look - Cyclingnews.com

Google News | Cycling - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 01:12

Cyclingnews.com

Isadore cycling gear - first look
Cyclingnews.com
There are plenty of cycling brands that claim to be made by riders, for riders, but very few can claim active development from a current Tour de France-standard pro. Founded by Slovakian star Martin Velits, twin brother of Peter, Isadore might not be a ...

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MATT REYES + BOMBTRACK 2015

Wheel Talk Fixed - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:17



After nearly 3 months of trying to keep things under wraps while filming for this video we’re finally ready to announce my introduction to the BOMBTRACK Team. Filmed on location here in San Francisco, we roamed all over the neighborhood in search of short-lived spots from all of the constant construction the city seems to be cemented in. In addition to stopping on the street for a quick clip, we checked off a bunch of spots off from the endless bucket list of places we’ve been wanting to ride. Check out some screen shots from the video below and head over to BOMBTRACK to check out what they’re working with.

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Song: Smith Westerns – Only One
Filmed During: February 15th – May 10th 2015
Filmed By: Mike Schmitt, Ramon Antonio, Michael Penrose, Josh Boothby, Lauren Bukovskey, Bryan Dempler, Devon Lawson & Matt Reyes

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Australia's cycling media and governing bodies are complicit in the doping ... - The Conversation AU

Google News | Cycling - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 23:13

The Conversation AU

Australia's cycling media and governing bodies are complicit in the doping ...
The Conversation AU
I argued the sport of cycling needs a stronger message to counter the current dominant impression about it – that cheats ultimately prosper. I made a plea for Australian cycling to distance itself from ex-dopers, and send a clear message that this ...

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Bike of the day

Fixed Gear Girl Taiwan - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 22:13
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State Bicycle : Off-Road Update.

Lockedcog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 21:26

With the growing popularity of their Warhawk and Thunderbird cyclocross rigs State just released fresh colors and a little update. A navy, maroon and gold facelift on the Warhawk gives it a fresh look for the upcoming season.  Thunderbird gets new paint in orange and green as well as an update to a cable ready ride with larger tire clearance. To give the new machines some time to shine the State crew rolled out to Denver for a bit of adventure. You can peep the ride report form that here and check the new rigs on State!

 

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How to prevent a bear attack

GrindTV - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 20:00

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When a bear stands, it’s not an aggressive act, it’s wants a better look at you. Credit: Paul Souders / Getty

On Sept. 21, 2014, Rutgers student Darsh Patel was killed by a black bear while hiking in New Jersey’s Apshawa Preserve. Patel’s tragic death is an incredibly rare occurrence — it’s the state’s first recorded bear attack fatality in 162 years — but studies show that attacks in North America are rising. The good news that while bears are wild, they’re largely predictable, and you’re far more likely than not to avoid any contact if you see a bear.

In fact, the idea that bear encounters will end with an attack is a great misconception, says John Beecham, the Human-Bear Conflicts Chair for the Bear Specialist Group. He adds that unless a bear is familiar with human food, they likely want as little to do with you as you with them. And even if a bear is habituated to humans, stay calm and reach for your bear spray.

RELATED: The 10 Most Dangerous Hikes in the U.S.

Avoid bear and safely handle encounters if you’re hiking or camping in bear country with these six tips:

Travel in a Pack

The more of you there are, the more intimidating you seem. Bears live in a social hierarchy and dominant animals get the best food and habitats, says Beecham. “There is always the possibility that a bear will encounter a stronger competitor for those resources,” says Beecham, “so they are cautious.” They often respond to people the same way, assessing the threat — which they perceive to be much greater with groups.

RELATED: How to Handle Danger Without Fear

Tell the Bear You’re Coming

Talk or sing, even to yourself, when you’re traveling through areas with bears. “Don’t waste your money on bear bells,” says Lori Homstol, a human-bear conflict researcher and educator. “I’ve heard hikers’ footfalls before their bear bells, and bears instinctively know what a human voice is.”

Never Run

The reason is two-fold, says Beecham. “There’s no point in running because a person cannot outrun a bear.” What’s more, the sight of you fleeing may also prompt a predatory response from the animal. A charging bear may be terrifying, but standing your ground can dissuade the bear by signaling you’re not afraid and could cause them harm.

RELATED: Man Versus Alaska

Keep Fresh Bear Spray, Not Bullets

Bear spray is more effective than firearms for fending off bears, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey. “I’d use spray if a bear approaches me within about 10 meters,” says Holstol. And the most important feature on a can of bear spray isn’t its capsaicin concentration (though it should be at least one percent) or size (at least eight ounces), but the expiration date, says Homstol. The heat won’t lose its strength, but the propellant can.

Back Off a Defensive Bear

Bears usually act defensive when surprised or protecting food or cubs. “If it’s making a lot of noise, huffing, chomping, slapping the ground,” says Homstol, “then you backing away slowly will almost certainly resolve the issue.” The bear wants space and you should oblige.

RELATED: Photograph a Grizzly Bear on Admiralty Island: Why You Should Visit Alaska

If a bear approachs you and isn’t making noise, it may be stalking you. Now is the time to scare it away. “Convince the bear that it will be severely injured if it attacks,” says Beecham. “Make lots of noise, stand tall, throw rocks, and act aggressive.”

– Matt Allyn

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Meet the first man with cerebral palsy to conquer Kilimanjaro and the Ironman

GrindTV - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 18:00
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Bonner Paddock summited Kilimanjaro, unassisted, in 2008. Photo: Courtesy of OM Foundation

When Bonner Paddock was a child, doctors handed his mother his death sentence: He would most likely be confined to a wheelchair by age 15 and dead by 20.

What he did instead was unimaginable.

Paddock, now 40, is a two-time world-record holder, the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro — the tallest freestanding mountain in the world at 19,341 feet — unassisted. He’s also the first person with CP to finish the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, widely considered one of the most difficult triathlons in the world.

Both are incredible physical feats for an able-bodied person, let alone a man who spent the majority of his childhood in leg braces and casts.

From the time Paddock was a child, there was something noticeably wrong with the way he moved, dragging his left leg when he walked, unable to keep his balance. Paddock says his mother kept the severity of his condition from him completely as doctors subjected him to lengthy tests, unable to diagnose his condition; some believed he would stop walking, others that he faced an early death.

Finally, at age 11, Paddock was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a permanent, non-progressive disorder typically caused by early brain damage that affects the patient’s muscles and motor skills. It was something Paddock would try to keep a secret through his late 20s, determined not to let his disabilities limit him.

“I didn’t know how to channel all this frustration and anger from getting teased in elementary school,” the Laguna Beach, California, resident remembers. “It built up this bigger and bigger wall that I didn’t know how to get around. It was a big, dark secret that kept building.”

Finally, at age 29, weary of expending so much energy in order to guard the truth about his condition, Paddock decided to tell his boss.

“He was so nonchalant about it. He just said, ‘OK, well, do you need anything?’” Paddock laughs. “We all get these things in our heads, things we’re extremely apprehensive about, and they wind up so tightly in our minds. It was amazing after so long to finally start unwinding that ball of yarn I had created over all those years.”

A few years later, while working with the Anaheim Ducks ice hockey team during the NHL lockout, Paddock joined the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. While on the board, he befriended Steven Robert, whose 4-year-old son, Jake, was born with CP. The duo began training for the Orange County Marathon to raise funds for UCP’s Life Without Limits center, a place where young CP patients could get the physical therapy they needed.

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Bonner Paddock worked with Ironman legend Greg Welch to come up with a training plan that would allow him to finish the world’s toughest one-day race. Photo: Courtesy of e-PR

“Steven would ask me questions about how he could understand his very disabled son, who couldn’t walk or talk,” remembers Paddock of the 2006 race. “He was searching for ways to connect with Jake, who was so unlike his other, more able-bodied sons. I watched [Steven] carry Jakey across the finish line of the marathon. Jakey died later that night.”

Jake’s death “lit a fire” within Paddock, who decided he would do whatever it took to help young children like Jake — even if it meant tackling one of his biggest fears: summiting Kilimanjaro, unassisted, in 2008. He set out to raise $250,000 to provide therapy needed for young children with CP.

“[The climb] encapsulated all of the things I feared most,” he says. “With CP, you don’t have balance, really, and it affects your equilibrium. It was going to be a huge challenge getting to the summit in the darkness.” CP also affects the lower half of the body, weakening the legs. “I knew it wasn’t necessarily going to be a suicide mission, but it was really out of my physical realm.”

In 2009, Paddock created the One Man One Mission (OM) Foundation, a way to raise awareness and build support for early-learning centers, build a center in Orange County, and establish similar centers around the globe, including in Tanzania, Africa.

Jake’s legacy continued when Paddock decided to become the first person with cerebral palsy to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, unassisted, in 2012, through which he raised more than $700,000. Ironman legend Greg Welch coached Paddock, helping him plan for the physical challenges he would face during the grueling 140-mile race, dubbed the “toughest one-day event in sports.”

Paddock crossed the finish line 16.5 hours after starting his Ironman, literally leaping over the line to a chorus of cheers.

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Bonner Paddock crosses the finish line of the Ironman in Kona 16.5 hours after starting. Photo: Courtesy of OM Foundation

“There was a huge difference between Kilimanjaro and Ironman,” Paddock says. “During my climb, I was doing everything from a fear-based place, chasing down the meaning of why I had this disability, still angry with my mom and dad. I hadn’t dealt with things in my life. The two world-record dynamics couldn’t have been more different. Physical wounds heal over time. Mental wounds require more effort, more time.”

Paddock and the OMF have raised more than $1 million for special-needs children since 2006, providing 10,000 hours of therapy. In March, Paddock debuted his memoir, One More Step, and is currently in the throes of organizing the Team Jake Global Challenge, a two-year program that encourages anyone in the world to raise money for Team Jake Worldwide by completing a half marathon in 2015 and a full marathon in 2016 (bikers can register for a metric century or century ride).

“Greg Welch wrote the training guides, and Oakley is going to come out and gift finishers with a pair of the second version of my signature eyewear,” Paddocks says. For more information about registering for the Team Jake Global Challenge, visit teamjakechallenge.org.

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U.S. Pan American Games roster announced

VeloNews - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:58

USA Cycling announced Wednesday the men’s and women’s BMX, mountain bike, road, and track rosters for the 2015 Pan American Games, which will be held July 10-26 in Toronto.

The 15-member team is made up of five automatic bids, nine coaching staff nominations and one athlete discretionary petition.

Held every four years, the 17-day Pan American Games features competition in 36 sports between 41 countries from North and South America.

The U.S. Pan American cycling team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Team USA roster:

Men’s BMX
Connor Fields (Chase-Monster)*
Nic Long (Haro Bikes)*

Women’s BMX
Alise Post (Factory Redline)*
Felecia Stancil (GT Bicycles)

Men’s mountain bike
Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air-Cannondale)*

Women’s mountain bike
Erin Huck (Scott-3Rox)*

Men’s road
Eric Marcotte (Team SmartStop), road race and time trial

Women’s road
Kelly Catlin (NorthStar Development), time trial
Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare), road race
Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare), road race

Men’s track
Matt Baranoski (Custon Velo), team sprint, sprint, keirin
David Espinoza, team sprint
Danny Robertson^, team sprint^, sprint^, keirin

Women’s track
Kelly Catlin (NorthStar Development), team pursuit
Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo.), omnium, team pursuit
Lauren Tamayo (UnitedHealthcare), team pursuit
Jennifer Valente (Twenty16-Sho-Air), team pursuit
Ruth Winder (UnitedHealthcare), team pursuit

*Automatic bid
^Athlete discretionary petition

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Silicon Valley Transpo Hackathon

Cyclelicious - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:57

VTA Hack My Ride 2.0 challenges you to transform how we get around in Silicon Valley. Build working apps and tools that will make it easier for people to plan trips, connect with their surroundings, and enrich their transportation experience.

Hack My Ride 2.0

If you’re on the fence about this, check out these incentives.

  • Food trucks! Oh Miso Hungry and The Kabob Jobwill provide free lunch thanks to Microsoft Silicon Valley, to fuel your creativity and get you outside for a break from coding.
  • Beacons! Hack My Ride 2.0 hackathon participants will be the first to learn about the Bluetooth beacons VTA will test on their systems, including how to use them in your projects.
  • Lightning talks! The hackathon will start with brief talks from VTA, Prospect Silicon Valley and others about transportation innovation in Silicon Valley, VTA open data, beacons, the Internet of Things, and today’s mobility challenges and opportunities.
  • $30,000 in prizes! If you’re looking to raise the funds to launch a business building out your app idea, theHack My Ride app challenge is a great way to gain visibility and resources.
  • #HackforChange! Partnering with Code for San Jose and the Tech Museum of Innovation, VTA is hosting this hackathon as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. It’s a great way to contribute your technical skills to improving how you get around your city.

This event takes place June 6, 2015 at the The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose CA. For more information, visit Hack My Ride 2.0 at Challenge Post.

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JAM Omen.

Lockedcog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:28

JAM Bikes coming out of the gate proper with this promo for their Omen track frame. The builds look legit and judging by the chaos the handcrafted steel form St. Petersburg performs well all over. Not much to their website but you can drop them a line for more on getting rollin’ on one of these!

 

 

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Cycle Me Home : Summer ’15.

Lockedcog - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:09

The Cycle Me Home crew just released their soft goods for the summer and there’s definitely some good pieces in the mix. Plenty of tees just in time for the warmer months plus a couple of cool jersey inspired bits for a bit of style. Hop over to check the whole line!

 

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New women's performance cycling range released by Endura - Cyclingnews.com

Google News | Cycling - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:07

Cyclingnews.com

New women's performance cycling range released by Endura
Cyclingnews.com
One upon a time finding performance-oriented women's cycling kit was a mission that involved hours of trawling online, usually resulting in disappointment. Now, more and more brands are figuring out that women need and want kit that works to the ...

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Raleigh releases e-bike with Shimano STEPS system

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:57

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Raleigh Bicycles has launched the Misceo iE, which the company says is the first e-bike in the U.S. to use Shimano's new STEPS technology. With pedal assist up to 20 mph, this urban e-bike is made for weekday commuting and weekend exploring.

"At Raleigh, we want to inspire more people to ride. For us, riding a bike is all about making memories and having fun," said Larry Pizzi, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Accell North America. "More people are turning to e-bikes, whether it be to make the commute to work faster, easier and more enjoyable, or to pedal even farther on that weekend adventure. Our hope is that the Misceo iE, and the ease of the Shimano STEPS system, will get even more people riding bikes for fun and utility while creating great moments."

The STEPS mid-motor drive system is completely integrated with Shimano's Alfine 8-speed internally geared hub with Di2 electronic shifting. 

All electronics are incorporated into the drive unit to create a reliable and waterproof system. As the rider shifts, thanks to Shimano's E-tube wiring and software platform, power is briefly reduced for smooth gear changes. The programmable, expandable system can also, if the rider prefers, shift down automatically when the e-bike is stopped, making it easy to pedal when the light turns green. The handlebar-mounted shifters are within easy reach, and the center-mounted Shimano LCD computer indicates gearing, battery level and battery range, as well as speed, distance and ride time.

The Misceo iE has a bright blue 6061 aluminum frame equipped with an Aprebic carbon fiber fork, Shimano M445 hydraulic disc brakes and 700c wheels with Kenda's smooth-rolling Kwick Bitumen 40c city tires.

The e-bike retails for $3,200 and is available now. For more information: RaleighUSA.com.

 

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State-record striped bass awakens, surprises angler

GrindTV - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:40
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Striped bass caught by Lawrence Dillman is a Missouri state record. Photo: Missouri Department of Conservation

Lawrence Dillman was sound asleep while night fishing on the bank of Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri when a striped bass gave him a 2 a.m. wake-up call.

“It hit real hard and the noise from my big Penn reel woke me up,” Dillman told the Springfield News-Leader. “That fish took off and the reel was singing.”

What made his fishing reel sing was a state-record striped bass that weighed 65 pounds, 2 ounces, surpassing the previous Missouri record by 4 1/2 pounds. It also came very close to the world record for a freshwater-caught striper, which is 69 pounds, 9 ounces.

Dillman, who was fishing alone, could hear the striped bass splashing on the lake surface during its repeated runs that peeled line off the reel and created music to his ears.

“It took me 45 minutes to get it up to shore, and when I got it up to the bank I had to wrap my arms around that fish like a bear hug,” Dillman told the News-Leader. “I got a good hold on it and rolled over with it onto the shore.”

Dillman had known by the hard fight that the fish was big, but he figured it was a paddlefish, which can reach five feet and weigh up to 144 pounds. He was surprised to find it was a giant striped bass, one he felt could be a state record.

So he grabbed a scale and began weighing the fish.

“It went all the way up to 64 pounds, then my scale broke and went into a thousand pieces,” he told the News-Leader.

Dillman then took the striped bass to the Hills Fish Hatchery were it was weighed on a certified scale and measured. The striper was 49 3/4 inches long with a girth of 36 inches. He had used 20-pound test line and a live, six-inch chub minnow to catch the record fish.

This time, Dillman is having the massive striped bass mounted as a keepsake, which is quite different than what he did with the last huge striper he caught.

“I caught one a little bigger than this one during the flood of 2011 that weighed 67 pounds, but I never had it officially weighed,” he told News-Leader. “I didn’t think it was a record so I ate it.”

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Mellow is a skateboard motor like none other

GrindTV - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:00
Even in the flats, you can cruise at 20 mph.

With the Mellow motor, any skateboard can be turned into an electric skateboard. Photo: Courtesy of Mellow

Add some fun to your commute. For short to medium jaunts, an electric engine paired to a skateboard deck of your choosing just may be the most fun you can have on four wheels without working up a sweat or getting a speeding ticket.

A new skateboard motor dubbed Mellow just launched on Kickstarter and it looks like it’s going to reinvent the electric-skateboard game. The Mellow launched a few weeks back with a goal of $111,589 (if that number seems random, it’s because it’s translated from euros). As of this writing, and with two weeks remaining, the project has blown past its benchmark, securing $179,246 in funding.

Electric skateboards aren’t new. The Boosted Board was named as one of “The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013” by Popular Mechanics.

But the Mellow is different in two significant ways. First off, the Mellow can be added to any skateboard deck you like, while the Boosted motor must be used with a Boosted board. And, “Boosted has [a] belt drive, and you feel that when you’re pushing,” said Johannes Schewe, the founder of Mellow, during a Skype interview.

15km range with the Mellow electric skateboard motor.

On a full charge, you can go 9-plus miles on Mellow electric power alone. Photo: Courtesy of Mellow

Schewe and his crew of 11 are based in Hamburg, Germany, but Johannes came up with the idea of an electric board in 2008 when he was in Bali. While on holiday, he decided to create a serious project that was cutting edge, environmentally sound and really fun to ride.

The former professional basketball player, who’s skateboarded for most of his life for transportation, is also a passionate surfer and snowboarder. He thought it would be a blast to create an electric skateboard that mimicked the feeling of surfing the snow or water, even when going uphill. He gathered collaborators and they started to tell friends, acquaintances and just about anyone who would listen about the electric-skateboard project.

In broken English, Schewe described the response they received: “During first few years, they thought we were coming from the moon.”

But Schewe persevered and, working closely with his friend Kilian — a former BMW engineer who is described in his Kickstarter bio as the “Mellow cofounder from Nerdistan” — kept hammering away.

The Mellow motor.

A close-up of the Mellow electric motor. Photo: Courtesy of Mellow

Currently, the staff is all volunteer, and it took about five years to create a product they liked. The Mellow is slated to be local: 100 percent of the parts are slated to be sourced from Germany. This, paired with German engineering, will result in an electric skateboard with a two-year warranty as well as brakes the rider controls with a remote control.

Sounds cool, right? But it ain’t cheap. The early-bird pricing on the Mellow Drive (includes remote and charger) is about $949. The Mellow Drive with the board will cost about $1,115.

Schewe said that sourcing products from the Far East would have brought the price down, but the quality would suffer and that’s not something the Mellow team was willing to do.

“We didn’t want to give our homies a product that we know we could make better,” said Schewe.

 Mellow.

Dual brakes on the Mellow translate into easier and safer riding. Photo: Courtesy of Mellow

The Mellow has four riding modes: Rookie Ride, Eco Ride, Pro Ride and Endless Ride. Each offers different levels of acceleration and top speed. As you probably guessed, more aggressive riding and higher top speeds drains the battery the quickest. And if the battery dies, you can still ride it like a normal skateboard. Although the upcoming model is not designed for tricks, one of the testers has been ollieing it without problems.

The battery delivers a range of about 10 miles, a top speed of about 25 mph, is built at the same factory where Tesla sources their cells and can be charged in about two hours. The USB port on the battery can also be used to recharge other electric devices.

With the remote control, you can maintain your speed, a ride quality the company describes as feeling “like having strong wind in your back.”

Even Schewe’s friends were skeptical until they rode the Mellow. But most were singing a different tune post-maiden voyage: Many just gave him a big hug as well as a bigger apology.

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