viernes, mayo 31, 2013

chica, monta màs ... en bici!



6 Reasons The World Needs More Girls on Bikes

A.K. Streeter Living / Culture June 10, 2009


Most bike commuters find that the negative assumptions they had about bike commuting are mostly false. This goes double for women, who might find that riding in high heels is easier than walking in them; a special wardrobe is not necessarily required (though fun); and that biking boosts a sense of freedom in ways a car no longer can. Benefits to women are multiple, and the benefits to society are just as big. Read on for how we all get dividends when women take to their bikes.
Sometimes the urban cityscape needs that bit of beauty of a girl on a bike. Photo Shanghaist.

1. The World Will Be Better Looking.

Girls and women riding definitely make the morning commute more interesting. High heels, multi-culti fashion, and that sensation that is so well embodied in urban styles of Copenhagen and Paris - city streets just basically look better with lots of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors riding.



2. There is Safety in Numbers.

The reports aren't hard to find, but one of the most interesting and recent from New York: in spite of the huge upsurge in biking, pushed in part by the city's Broadway pedestrian and bike mall, bike accidents have gone down. Other drivers that see more women in the streets also tend to slow down.



3. Sweat Equity

Even in bike-crazy Portland, the stats have showed an approximate split of 70% male riders versus 30% female riders. In Paris, there's a similar split, says mobility consultant Eric Britton. The numbers are even more skewed in other places. If you dig a little, the main reason women seem to avoid biking is certain fears about traffic, helmet head, and problems riding in a skirt that can be unfounded.



As Mikael Colville-Andersen has consistently stressed, urban biking is not about speed - it's an entirely different animal from mountain biking, racing or even the speed-is-king messenger biking (though those all have their place). The point is to arrive in style rather than to add to city stress.



5. More Women Bikers Mean the Infrastructure Has Matured..

Significant numbers of women on bikes in city environments is an important bellweather - it means the infrastructure of bike paths, bike traffic lights and other aids for cyclists such as separated bike lanes is beginning to be sufficient to get women over their fears and out on their bikes.



6. For Complete Streets.

Though under-reported in the mainstream press, the idea of 'complete streets' where pedestrians, bikes, and cars and other vehicles truly share the road is beginning to seep into urban planners' vocabulary. You can't have complete streets without women taking to their bikes in the same proportion as women drivers and women walkers.
Last, but not least, is biking joy. The reason dedicated bike commuters get dedicated is that biking brings joy. Unlike drivers sitting in traffic inside a car, bikers get a direct connection to their environment. It might not always be a positive connection, but it is definitely more real. Slowing down to the urban biking pace reveals a city that many urban dwellers hadn't taken notice of, yet. More women deserve to experience this bike joy.


http://www.treehugger.com/culture/6-reasons-the-world-needs-more-girls-on-bikes.html

este fin de semana Xterra Cieza C. España






https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2j4Y6TONu3gWS1sLVladHJYdTg/edit

nada, nada , sòlo 22km.... tabarca-alicante 2 de junio 2013/46km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim




La travesía Tabarca-Alicante reunirá el domingo a 30 nadadores
La prueba, de 22 kilómetros de recorrido, es una de las más duras del circuito nacional y tendrá su meta en Isla Marina

CÉSAR HERNÁNDEZ 30.05.2013 | 02:12


Un total de 30 nadadores tomarán parte este domingo en la travesía a nado Tabarca-Alicante que organiza Grupo Brotons y que cuenta con la colaboración del Ayuntamiento de Alicante. La prueba, de 22 kilómetros, es una de las más duras del circuito nacional. La distancia de la travesía y las bajas temperaturas del agua serán los principales enemigos de los nadadores, que en principio deberán realizar la prueba sin traje de neopreno.
La salida se dará el domingo a las siete de la mañana desde el puerto de Tabarca y la meta estará situada 22 kilómetros después en Isla Marina. Cada nadador irá acompañado por un kayak para hacerlo más visible, aportarle avituallamiento y seguir las coordenadas por GPS para guiar al nadador en la línea recta que separa ambos puntos del itinerario.
Los primeros en llegar a la meta invertirán alrededor de cinco horas y media en completar la travesía, aunque podría variar mucho en función del estado del mar y el viento, por lo que se espera que el primero en llegar a la meta lo haga sobre las 12 horas del domingo.
La seguridad es uno de los puntos en los que más ha incidido el Grupo Brotons. Los nadadores irán acompañados por nueve embarcaciones con personas de la organización, personal sanitario, policía, bomberos con equipo de buceo, etc., además de los 30 kayak que irán al lado de cada nadador.
Mariano Postigo, concejal de Deportes, destacó ayer en la presentación de la prueba el "esfuerzo de la organización para organizar una prueba de semejantes características" y animó a los nadadores por "el esfuerzo" que tendrán que hacer para completar el largo recorrido entre Tabarca y Alicante.
Luis Naranjo, director de Isla Marina, se mostró "encantado" de que sus instalaciones acojan la llegada de la travesía en la que se espera que haya un buen número de espectadores.
Entre los participantes destaca la presencia de José Luis Larrosa, vencedor de la pasada edición, y de Eleazar Rescalvo, principal favorito a adjudicarse la prueba de este año. Dos nadadores discapacitados tomarán parte tambien.
La prueba adquiere además un carácter solidario en beneficio del sobrino del nadador Borja Martínez, que nació con una lesión cerebral y la familia busca ayuda para su tratamiento. Para ello, los interesados pueden "comprar metros" de la prueba. "Mi pasión es la natación y vi una oportunidad muy buena para poder ayudar a mi sobrino", afirmó ayer Borja. La Bruixa d'Or fue el primero en adquirir "metros". Su aportación fue de 1.000 euros, convirtiéndose en patrocinador de la campaña de ayuda Los interesados pueden consultar http://www.ayudaguillermo.es

Nueve etapas en el circuito de verano de "Arenas alicantinas"
Grupo Brotons ya ha puesto en marcha la nueva edición del circuito de "Arenas alicantinas". Las pruebas se celebran desde el 9 de junio al 8 de septiembre en distintas playas de la provincia. El Campello dará el pistoletazo de salida a las pruebas tanto de natación como de cross. Posteriormente se disputarán las carreras en El Rebollo, El Postiguet, La Vila, Urbanova, El Campello, San Juan, Finestrat y de nuevo en El Campello.
Pepe Brotons explicó ayer en la presentación del circuito que en esta edición espera superar la participación del año pasado. "Fue un éxito y espero que ahora lo superemos. La ilusión que hemos puesto es máxima y hemos contado con la colaboración de los diversos ayuntamientos de la provincia", señaló el organizador del evento, que hizo mención especial a una prueba especial, el Cross del Amanecer. "Es una de las pruebas más entrañables del circuito, la estamos preparando con especial atención y seguro que batiremos el récord de participantes", afirmó ayer Brotons en Isla Marina. El día 9 arranca el circuito que se prolongará hasta el 8 de septiembre.

http://www.diarioinformacion.com/deportes/2013/05/30/travesia-tabarca-alicante-reunira-domingo/1379420.html

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Swimming The 46km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

If you've been following our Head Coach Paul Newsome on Twitter you'll know that he and six other swimmers from Perth have been training hard for the mighty 46km (28.5 mile) Manhattan Island Marathon Swim next weekend. Here's Paul's pre-event report on how his preparation's being going and his thoughts in the build up to this major challenge:

Some would say that I was lucky having the world's largest mass-participation marathon channel swimming event on my doorstep (the Rottnest Channel Swim) in Perth, Western Australia. Others would say I was mad to contemplate crossing the 19.7km swim through shark-infested waters when the longest race I had done up until my first attempt in 2009 was just 1500m in a triathlon.

Whichever way you look at it though, marathon swimming has become such a massive part of my life since I embarked on the journey exactly five years ago that I feel very privileged to now be taking on my next challenge along with my six other training buddies, the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS for short) on Saturday 8th June 2013. Just 38 swimmers from around the world have been selected to swim this amazing event, with seven of those 38 from our training squad in Perth.



The MIMS will be my fifth major marathon swimming event following three successful crossings of the Rottnest Channel in 2009, 2011 and 2013, as well as the English Channel (34km or 21½ miles) in September 2011. The whopping 46km distance circumnavigates the entire island of Manhattan in an anti-clockwise fashion, starting at 7.40am and finishing approximately 8 hours later at Battery Point. The water temperature for the swim is normally 17 to 21 ºC (62 to 70 ºF), although it looks set to be a few degrees cooler this year given the cold winter the US has experienced - good job I'm in Canada right now beefing up my layer of insulation with some last minute buffalo wings and pizza at dawn!


Whilst the MIMS is longer than both the Rottnest Channel Swim and the English Channel, the favourable currents in the East River, Harlem River and the Hudson River mean we all hope to be able to complete the event in about 8 hours (with a cut-off time of 9½ hours being in place for the safety of the swimmers). The 38 solo swimmers will start in three separate waves (based on ability, with the fastest setting off last) and will be escorted by one or two kayaks and a boat around the entire course. Swimmers will typically stop every 30 minutes for fluid and carbohydrate refuelling - a perfect opportunity for their support crews to give them a little positive pep talk and encouragement.

The fastest swimmers will complete the course in a little over 7 hours, with the strong favourites this year being the Catalina Channel world record holder Grace van der Byl from California, FINA World Cup 10km swimmer Gustavo Helguera from Argentina and 17 year old Lochie Hinds from Australia who's been racking up over 120km per week in training in the lead up to this event! Incredible stuff!

The whole field of 38 swimmers can be viewed here - with live GPS tracking of all the swimmers from 7.40am EDT (12.40pm GMT and 7.40pm WST) on Saturday 8th June:

http://nycswim.org/Event/Event.aspx?Event_ID=2302&from=swimmers


From the http://nycswim.org website:

"NYC Swim is the premier organizer of swimming events in the waters around New York City. Since 1993, its events have attracted well over 15,000 participants in more than 165 swimming races, thus helping to revive a local aquatic tradition that had been abandoned for almost a century. The mission of the organization is three-fold: hosting world-class open water events situated around New York City's most recognizable landmarks; supporting charities like Swim Free that aim to improve the health and well-being of children and adults through swimming; and creating stakeholders with a vested interest in the local waters.

Swimming the waterways of New York City is a tradition dating back to the 1800s. In the mid- to late 1920s, the swim around Manhattan grew in stature and national prominence. However, by the early 1990s, interest in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS) was ebbing, as was local swimming generally. Morty Berger, a two-time solo MIMS swimmer, realized that birth of MIMS could be linked to revitalization of open water swimming in the New York region as a whole. In 1993, a dozen swimmers and a band of volunteers opened the modern chapter of MIMS with great fanfare, as the event was featured on the cover of The New York Times.

Today, the band of volunteers has grown into a small staff backed by an army of dedicated volunteers – some of whom can trace their involvement with the organization back to those early days in the 90s. The list of NYC Swim events has also grown to 11 annual events built around some of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Professional and recreational swimmers from New York and around the world are able to participate in races ranging from 1 kilometer to 28.5 miles and experience for themselves the vastly cleaner waters of the Hudson, East, and Harlem Rivers. As the organization heads into the future, the New York City skyline is the only limit in sight."


Training has gone very well for me in the lead-up to this event and I'm excited about the prospect of racing around what is arguably my favourite city anywhere in the world. Whilst we made mention of Australian über-fish Lochie Hinds knocking out 120+km each week in training, as a mere mortal with full-time job and very young family, I've been consistently racking up 50km each week in the following format:

• Monday = 3km easy technique swim (pool)
• Tuesday = 10km challenging aerobic swim (80% pool and 20% open water), e.g. 10x 800m + 2km open water swim
• Wednesday = 3km easy technique swim (pool)
• Thursday = 10km challenging open water swim at 1:18 to 1:22 pace per 100m (completed now 25 weeks in a row)
• Friday = 3km easy technique swim (pool)
• Saturday = 4km to 8km challenging aerobic swim, e.g. 2x (1600m, 800m, 2 x 400m, 4 x 200m) working down from 1:25 to 1:17 per 100m
• Sunday = 14km to 20km long race simulation swim with my best being a 4h35m 20km swim (1:22/100m) on the 19th May

The key for me personally has to be setting a consistently achievable program that I can complete week-in, week-out around my busy schedule and this last training phase has been very consistent for the last 25 weeks or so. As such I feel that I am in as best shape that I can be in for this event, although I am always cognisant of how a multitude of factors out of your control can crop up in marathon swimming events, so I will just get out there and do my best. As my mum used to tell me as an age-group swimmer and then triathlete, that's all she or I can hope for "to do your best and to enjoy what you're doing" - and so I will!


Knocking out 10x 800m with my training buddy and MIMS swimmer, Ceinwen Roberts

The plan will be to settle into a good rhythm as soon as possible within the East River, tackle whatever elements the infamous Harlem throws at me, and then all being well have some steam left in the tank for the mighty Hudson. I'll be stopping every 30 minutes to alternate between 250ml of 32Gi energy drink and 250ml drink + a carbohydrate gel. I've found 32Gi to be a wonderful addition to my marathon swimming program as the low-GI formula helps to avoid peaks and troughs in blood glucose levels. And the peach-tea flavour should mask whatever grossness I might be tasting in the rivers at the time!

I've got my paddling buddy Amanda Nitschke flying all the way out from Perth to assist me as my kayaker for the day and my partner in Swim Smooth Adam Young supporting me from the boat - let's hope he doesn't get sea sick this time around as after my super-rough English Channel crossing he muttered the time-honoured phrase "never again!". I've also been receiving some Champion Mindset mental preparation coaching from none-other-than five time winner of the MIMS event and former record holder, Shelley Taylor-Smith, so I'm all set!


What do you think when you're swimming for 8hrs+ in the open water? Like Dory: Just Keep Swimming!

I will be raising money for the Swim Free foundation at this link - it's a great charity dedicated to helping improve the health of children and adults through swimming. If you feel you are able and inclined to sponsor me for this event, your donations will be warmly received. Thank you.

Aside from following the live GPS tracking on the official NYC Swim website on the day, also check out my Twitter feed at @SwimSmoothPaul with commentary from our boat as we go (subject to signal). Messages of support and encouragement really make the difference in these kinds of events, so please tweet in during the day!

Finally, to find out a little more about our group from Perth, Western Australia (The "Swimming Sandgropers"), please check out http://swimmingsandgropers.com.au - the whole team will be posting blogs and pictures for your information whilst we are over in the US.

Cheers!

Paul

jueves, mayo 30, 2013

herramientas docentes de google /crea tu CV on line



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Herramientas escondidas de Google para profesores y alumnos

En este ebook digital encontrarás una colección de más de 30 herramientas Google gratuitas, muchas de los cuales probablemente nunca hayas oído hablar antes. Te explicamos cómo usarlas en el aula con tus alumnos y ponerte en marcha de inmediato. Pronto no sabrás como vivías sin ellas.

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Una herramienta para mantenerte conectado con la clase fuera del aula
Una herramienta para sumegirte dentro de un cuadro al estilo Mary Poppins
Una herramienta para permitir que los alumnos hagan preguntas sin interrupciones durante la clase
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Herramientas para realizar espectaculares viajes virtuales con la PDI
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http://www.totemguard.com/aulatotem/2012/04/ebook-gratuito-herramientas-escondidas-de-Google-para-profesores-y-alumnos/#

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7 aplicaciones gratuitas para crear tu currículum online y bajarlo en PDF

Es obvio que el éxito de un currículum no depende de un colorido diseño, o al menos no tanto como el contenido que trata de destacar, pero si tal último punto está más que satisfecho una excelente forma de ganar puntos extra es dedicarle unos minutos a optimizar su envoltorio.

Ya sea escribiéndolos desde cero a través de un formulario o partiendo de los datos almacenados en Linkedin, existen decenas de herramientas online creadas para facilitar la tarea de crear currículos llamativos en pocos pasos, de forma gratuita, con plantillas predeterminadas y con la posibilidad de exportarlos en PDF (listos para imprimir). Estos son algunos de los que recomiendan en Hongkiat:

1. Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/


La red social profesional por excelencia cuenta con una herramienta de exportación en PDF que usa los datos de usuario más importantes para generar un currículo en segundos. Por cierto, Linkedin se prepara para poner a disposición de todos sus nuevos perfiles con módulos multimedia (imágenes, videos y presentaciones) perfectos para publicar completos portafolios de trabajo.

2. DoYouBuzz http://www.doyoubuzz.com/us/


Si prefieres un diseño más colorido e incluso más elegante, puedes optar por DoYouBuzz. Cuenta con un intuitivo editor con plantillas predeterminadas y funciones para editar cada módulo moviendo y dando clic sobre cada elemento. Permite importar los datos desde Linkedin, Viadeo (otra red para profesionales) y Facebook. Los resultados se pueden conseguir en formato PDF, Word y OpenOffice.

3. CVMaker http://cvmkr.com/


También cuenta con elegantes plantillas predeterminadas cuyos diseños son aplicados con apenas un clic pero se caracteriza por contar con pequeños campos de edición en HTML para personalizar al máximo cada sección dentro del currículum. Viene en múltiples idiomas, dispone de importación vía Linkedin y Facebook, y permite exportar en formato PDF, HTML y TXT

4. OnlineCVGenerator http://www.onlinecvgenerator.com/


Al igual que con el anterior recurso, valga aclarar, no hace falta registrarse para usarlo. Lo caracteriza su intuitivo formulario -con un animado asistente- con el que se irá completando cada una de las secciones relevantes en cuestión de minutos: Datos básicos, Educación, Trabajo y Habilidades.

5. Resume.com http://www.resume.com/


Además de ser una plataforma de edición “paso a paso” con plantillas, Resume.com es una enorme base de datos de currículos que se pueden usar como guía para diseñar el propio, descargarlo (PDF y Word) y opcionalmente publicarlo para seguir las ofertas de empleo que allí se comparten.

6. Resumesimo http://www.resumesimo.com/es/


Tal vez el que tiene las mejores plantillas, con iconos especiales y distinciones para secciones especiales (por ejemplo, para los datos de contacto) y una categoría de calificación de habilidades (idiomas y otras cualidades específicas) para cuantificar su nivel a través de una escala de 1 a 4 estrellas. Hacen falta alrededor de 10 minutos para completar la edición.

7. JobSpice http://www.jobspice.com/


No tiene muchas plantillas para escoger ni muchas funciones llamativas más que la posibilidad de importar datos desde Linkedin y exportar los resultados en PDF y DOCX, por lo que realmente destaca es por el sencillo y eficiente proceso de edición en el cuál se facilita la gestión máxima de cada uno de los componentes de texto que se muestran en el curriculum.

Fuente: Juan David Quiñonez





http://www.cartagena.es/blogempresasyempleo/?p=3707

Clasificaciòn No drafting series/ En bici a comprar /bici detecta baches / suspensiòn electrònica magura


Clasificaciòn grupos de edad NDS No Drafting Series ( falta el irontour la vila
arenales 113 dldl sueca banyeres 55,5 orihuela 70,0
P.CAT PUNTOS APELLIDOS NOMBRE CLUB CAT PTO TIEMPO PUNTOS PTO TIEMPO PUNTOS PTO TIEMPO PUNTOS PTO TIEMPO PUNTOS
1 33899 IZQUIERDO DONATE ALVARO TRIATLON HELLIN G30-34M 279 4:36:07 7972 23 4:19:34 8989 46 2:41:29 8434 37 3:06:56 8503
1 33305 MONTIEL FDEZ J. ANTONIO TRIATLON LORCA G35-39M 203 4:30:23 8141 61 4:36:13 8447 86 2:51:16 7953 24 3:01:22 8764
2 33250 CUERDA DIAZ GABRIEL TRIATLON ALBACETE G35-39M 104 4:19:31 8482 35 4:25:18 8795 123 2:56:56 7698 49 3:12:04 8276

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1 18243 BENITO ALAS CECILIO A300W ELCHE T.C.G65-69M 1032 6:11:43 5922 232 3:48:08 5970 95 4:10:17 6351

http://www.nodraftingseries.com/wp-content/uploads/file/2013/NDS13%20-%20MASC4.pdf

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BICYCLES
Prototype carrier turns a bike into a cargo trike


By Ben Coxworth May 28, 2013



The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle

If you want to haul gear on your bicycle, but you don’t want to buy a whole dedicated cargo bike, then you might like Israeli industrial designer Ofir Yadan’s S-cargo carrier. The two-wheeled device replaces a conventional bike’s front wheel, temporarily converting it into a stuff-haulin’ tricycle.

The S-cargo (not to be confused with the Nissan van of the same name) was designed as Yadan’s graduation project at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

In its current prototype form, it features a custom backpack-style compartment that can be stuffed with things like groceries. That pack, however, could be interchanged with other planned “add-ons” such as racks, boxes or even a child seat. Yadan has also suggested that a motor and battery could be swapped in, thus turning the bike into an ebike.


To put the S-cargo on the bike, you just remove the bicycle’s front wheel, install the carrier’s mounting system in the drop-outs, then slide in the carrier and lock it in place. You then just ride your bike more or less as per normal, although presumably without the benefit of a front brake.

When you get to your destination, the carrier can be quickly removed from the bike, and pulled along by its handle like a cargo dolly. Should you wish to set it aside, a spring-mounted kickstand can be used to prop it up. The parked bike remains upright, meanwhile, as a bar that's part of the mounting system swings down to act as a stand.

There’s no word on when or if we’ll ever see a commercial version of the S-cargo, although Ofir states that he is continuing to develop it. The prototype can be seen in use in the video below.

Source: Coroflot via Bicycle Design
http://www.coroflot.com/ofir_y/s-cargo
http://www.gizmag.com/s-cargo-bicycle-cargo-carrier/27695/

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Lumigrids – the LED projector that keeps cyclists out of potholes

By Chris Wood May 28, 2013


Lumigrids aims to make cycling at night that little bit less perilous
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Lumigrids is a simple, clever and above all useful concept that aims to improve the safety of cycling at night. The device is an LED projector that fits on the handlebars of your bicycle, projecting a square grid onto the ground before you. By looking at the changes and abnormalities in the grid, the cyclist is able to easily pick out potholes and other obstacles, helping them to avoid potential crashes and falls.

The team behind Lumigrids claim that the design is an improvement over traditional bicycle lamps, which casts shadows around both concave and convex obstacles, making it difficult for the rider to judge the surface effectively. Lumigrids' grid projection system makes it a lot easier to identify the nature of the abnormalities, with the squares of the grid bending and changing in an easy way for the rider to process.

The projector has three different settings, offering a variety of grid sizes that are designed for use in different situations. The device's normal mode will display a 140 x 180-mm (5.5 x 7.1-inch) grid, the high speed mode ups the area to 140 x 260 mm (5.5 x 10.2 inches) and the “team” mode widens the grid to 300 x 200 mm (11.8 x 7.9 inches).


Like normal bicycle lights, the light itself will also alert pedestrians and vehicles to the rider's presence, further improving safety. The device is powered by either the movement of the bike's wheels or by an internal battery. There's only one button on the device, which should make it possible to turn the projector on and off and run through the modes while on the move.

The Lumigrids device isn't the first time we've seen projectors used to improve cyclists' safety. Xfire's Bike Lane Safety Light projects a virtual bike lane on the road around the bike, while the BLAZE light projects a symbol of a cyclist onto the road in front of the rider. Combining one of these with Lumigrids might just provide the ultimate cycling safety kit – that's if you're OK with looking like something out of Tron.

Lumigrids was created by a team of researchers from the Sichuan University in China, and has been awarded the Red Dot Design Award for 2012. There's no word yet on whether or not the device will be produced commercially.

http://www.red-dot.sg/en/online-exhibition/concept/?code=732&y=2012
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BICYCLES
Magura unveils electronic suspension system for mountain bikes


By Ben Coxworth May 29, 2013



The Magura eLECT module (lower right) replaces the existing adjustment cap on an existing compatible fork

When it comes to setting the damping on a mountain bike’s suspension fork, a bit of a compromise is involved. Set it too hard, and the wheel will bounce off of every little bump in the trail – set it too soft, however, and the shock will bottom out on the big hits. It is possible to manually adjust the damping on the fly, but that’s not necessarily something that all riders want to bother doing. Magura is now offering a solution, in the form of its self-adjusting eLECT electronic suspension system.

At the heart of the system is the thread-on eLECT module, which replaces the top-mounted adjustment cap/knob on existing Magura TS6 or TS8 R suspension forks. Users just unscrew the latter, and swap in the former. Among other things, the lightweight module contains a microprocessor, servo motor, 3D accelerometer, lithium-ion battery, and a micro USB port for recharging that battery.

The accelerometer not only detects when the wheel has hit a bump, but it also registers the size of that bump. Within milliseconds, the module responds by altering the suspension accordingly. It does so via a powered rotating shim on its underside, that engages the existing adjustment ports on the fork’s compression piston.

Not only does the accelerometer detect hits, but it also ascertains if the bike is on flat, uphill or downhill terrain. As long as the bike is on the flats or going downhill, the suspension remains open. If it’s going uphill, however, the fork is automatically locked rigid – this allows the rider’s pedaling energy to go more into moving the bike forward, as opposed to pumping the suspension up and down. That said, if the uphill trail gets bumpy, eLECT still allows the fork to respond.

Additionally, should the uphill trajectory culminate in a jump, the system is able to detect when the bike has entered free fall. It then opens up the suspension to allow for a soft landing, even if the bike itself is still angled upwards.


The eLECT handlebar remote

Should the rider wish to keep the fork at a given setting or otherwise override the automatic system, they can switch to manual control via a handlebar-mounted Bluetooth remote at any time. They can also set the incline angle at which the fork-locking function engages and disengages, if they’d rather keep the suspension open on the slight hills.

The module is removed from the bike for recharging, and reportedly offers 40 hours of run time per charge in automatic, or 60 hours in manual. Should the battery run out of juice mid-ride, the module will default to leaving the suspension open at a fixed setting.

While eLECT does offer some unique features, such as its ability to lock up the fork on inclines, it’s by no means the first electronic bicycle suspension system. The K2 Smart Shock was released in the late 90s, Cannondale unveiled its experimental Simon fork a few years ago, plus RockShox and Fox have both recently developed systems.

There’s currently no word or pricing or availability of eLECT.
http://www.gizmag.com/magura-elect-electronic-bicycle-suspension/27706/