From wireless bicycle technology to an app that lets friends send personalized directions, PSFk rounds up idea to lower the threshhold to getting on the road.

Although traditional bike shops are still very popular with avid cyclists, new and innovative bike services are also on the rise for today’s riders. The following are a few of these unique and modern options that make cycling easier and even more fun.

Cambridge Consultants Design Wireless Automatic Gear-Changing Bicycle

For R&D firm Cambridge Consultants, the bike of the future can be controlled by smartphone technology. According to Tim Ensor, a business developed in the Wireless division of the firm, the wireless bicycle can include GPS and map data into the application and allow automatic gear shifts in anticipation of upcoming changes in the road or terrain such as upcoming hills or turns. The bike can be outfitted with sensors to measure speed and the rate of pedaling. Depending on the speed and rate of pedaling, the application can automatically send a signal for the bike to make gear changes. The future bike can also be integrated with personal trackers like a heart rate monitor for use during training sessions.

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