Category Archives: Cycling

A Guru and a Gizmo: Two new services open for Austin cyclists around the clock


Photo by Irene Martinez

Meet Fernando Martinez.  When he isn’t working on the Safe Routes to School for BikeTexas he is fixing bikes or teaching some eager student how to do the same.  He helped me work on all three of my bikes during my internship for BikeTexas nearly a year ago.  When he told me about his new bike repair service and an automated 24-hour bike store I just had to share it with every bike-riding nerd I know.

Take a minute to visit his page at and schedule a time to meet with him.  For a small fee he will even come to you.  He specializes in teaching bicycle repair, safe riding and maintenance skills to students of ALL ages.

Next he told me about Gearbox.  Located in front of Thom’s Market at 1418 Barton Springs Road, this convenient vending machine full of bike parts is open for business 24/7.  With any luck there will be a few more locations in Austin this year.  You can visit their page at to find out more.


Upcoming Reviews: Cynaps Ears-Free Headset, Lenovo Yoga 11, and Smart Tap Handlebar Mount

On Thursday at CES I was offered a sample of is the Cynaps ears-free bluetooth headset.  Rather than block the user hearing with troublesome earbuds, this headset uses bone conduction to put sounds inside the users head. It can also be hidden completely in a bike helmet or a sweat band. This device seems like just the thing for riders who enjoy music and still want to be alert on the road. I can’t wait to try mine!

Click here to keep reading and preview the Yoga 11 and Smart Tap bar mount.

G-Form Body Armor Demo Parts 1 and 2

Until recently G-Form has focused their efforts mainly on cases for portable electronics like the iPhone and iPad. Most know them for their demonstration of an iPad free-falling from the edge of space (yes it lived). But lately they’ve taken on a new project: body armor for cycling.

By using the same material, which hardens on impact, G-Form set out to cover every major impact zone on the rider’s body. I must admit I get my worst bruises where they chose to put pads. While their phone cases seem bulky, they get great reviews as far as durability goes. Producing cycling gear is an original and fitting next step.
Don’t miss part 2. Click here!