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Gyrowheel - Self-Stabilizing Training Wheel

By: on January 26, 2013
$119
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Anyone who's tried to teach a kid to ride a bike without training wheels knows that teaching a kid to ride a bike without training wheels is kind of a pain in the ass. First of all, they have trouble following simple instructions, such as "Hold the handlebars straight," and "Don't fall over." Second, they make unreasonable demands, such as "Don't let go!" and "Daddy, my face is bleeding! I want to go home!" Third, the process typically takes more than 10 minutes of a perfectly good Saturday for playing golf. Or it used to, anyway.

Fathers, grandfathers, father figures, favorite uncles, baby daddies who drift in and out of the picture, anyone with little time and patience who finds himself with an eager child and a two-wheeled bicycle, may I present to you Gyrobike's Gyrowheel!

A self-stabilizing front wheel for children's bikes, the Gyrowheel isn't just the next step up from training wheels, it bypasses them altogether. When powered on, the Gyrowheel's internal balancing system compensates for kids' predisposition to wobbliness, keeping them upright at low speeds as they muddle through the traditionally frustrating and accident-prone peddle-and-steer process. With the aid of a Gyrowheel, some tots can learn the basics of two wheeling in as little as 10 minutes. (Those are the ones you should enroll in sports early on, and perhaps hire a private coach for, as they have the best shot at going pro at something and financially supporting the rest of the family.)

Gyrowheels have 3 stability settings for gradually reducing the amount of assistance provided as children gain skills and confidence. Wheels come with internal rechargeable batteries and a power adapter. Two sizes, 12" and 16", are available in a few different color options.

If you have a true cycling prodigy on your hands, forget the training wheels and the Gyrowheels, and head straight for the Self-Balancing Unicycle.

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Sick in the Head: The 10 Coolest Motorcycle Helmets

Some people say you're sick in the head for riding a motorcycle. I say you're sick in the head if you're wearing one of these motorcycle helmets. And I mean it in the very, very best sense of the word. Here are my picks...

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RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle

$5,295 from RYNO Motors »

Ever wanted to pop a perpetual wheelie? Well get ready, 'cause RYNO Motors is in production and set for the 2012 US release of two tiers of its self-balancing, single-wheeled, shit-stirring beast of a motorcycle. OK...

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Hoverbike

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The Hoverbike is what happens when one really wants to be a superhero, but really needs to figure out a way to more efficiently herd cattle. Aussie Chris Malloy has created a prototype for this motorcycle-helicopter hybrid...

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Litelok Flexible Bike Lock

$109.87 - $206.82 from Litelok »

Flexible, lightweight, and inordinately strong, the Litelok could have been a gymnast, but decided to take the more practical professional route of becoming an anti-theft bodyguard for bicycles. The gold-rated bike lock...

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Boba Fett Motorcycle Helmet

Unlike a few selections in this slideshow of sick motorcycle helmets, you can probably wear HJC's new RPHA 11 Boba Fett helmet without getting laughed off the road (it's an obvious, but not over-the-top Star Wars circus...

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Cyclotron Spokeless Smart Bicycle

$1,125 - $3,038 from Cyclotron Cycles »

For all the Sam Flynns out there who need more exercise, you'll soon be able to trade in your electric Light Cycles for pedal-powered Cyclotrons on your joyrides and daily commutes. The self-described "Future of Cycling"...

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Bird of Prey Bicycle

$4,200 from Bird of Prey »

I didn't think the foam helmets and seizure-inducing neon spandex could look any more ridiculous rolling down the road, yelling at cars to get out of their lane, and then cutting into traffic at will when it suits them...

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Bike Mine Exploding Anti-Theft Alarm

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Bike Mine is a thing that makes you go boommm! At least if you're a dirty thief trying to make off with a dude's bicycle or motorcycle (or boat or jet ski if you live the kind of high rollin' life where that's a risk.)...

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Rungu Electric Juggernaut

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Juggernaut Bullfrog Fat Trike

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Rungu's Juggernaut fat-tire bullfrog trike makes it possible to go where a bike can't go and a car won't go. To ride where others dare only walk. To look in grandiosity somewhere between Billy the Puppet pedaling in to...

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Tannus - Bike Tires That Never Go Flat

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Why will you never get a flat if you put Tannus tires on your bike? Because Tannus tires don't got no air inside. Move over, Spandex. You've had a good run, but Micro Closed Cell Polymer Resin's about to dethrone you...

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Invisible Bike

I wonder which is less comfortable: Jimmy Kuehnle's Invisible Bike or Jimmy Kuehnle's invisible outfit. In other words, would you rather require rectal surgery or pass out from heat exhaustion and develop a full-body...