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e-Bikes & Smartphone Holders at China Cycle 2012


Those form-hugging bicycle tights don?t leave much room for your cell phone. So, who but a company based in Asia where bicycles have been the traditional mode of transportation for centuries would design a cell phone pack for your handle bars.

Ibera Mobile Phone Holder for BikersIbera of Taiwan designed a holder that fits on your bike?s handle bars to make your smartphone display as easily viewed as the dashboard on a car. The holder along with traditional pedal bicycles and the newest e-bikes can be seen at China Cycle 2012.

If you are looking for something closer to home, the eBike Store in Portland, Oregon stocks e-bikes and conversion kits for Do-It-Yourself?ers.

This year?s Expo theme is Happy Riding, Fashion Life. And what could be more fashionable than a spandex smartphone cover that matches your cycling shorts clamped to your handlebars?

The Ibera package gives you touch pad controls in either landscape or portrait position with an earphone opening.

A waterproof version is also offered. When you get off your bike, the case goes easily onto your belt. Available from Yahoo Japan or from eBay for $28.93.

Electric bikes are an answer for lazy bicyclists and environmentalists
Electric bikes are an answer for lazy bicyclists and environmentalists

Last year?s China Cycle show drew 1193 Exhibitors. Attendees and exhibitors from 19 countries were present from such diverse areas as Netherlands, Pakistan, Italy and Canada. The venue has been enlarged to 120,000 meters of space for this year?s show at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre April 26-29, 2012. Perhaps Ai Weiwei will exhibit an installation such as the one that resides in the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo as seen in our intro image.

In keeping with the Asian theme, Charity Challenge, a UK organization is offering a fund raising excursion to China. If you?d like to join the chorus of bicycle bells that ring constantly in the streets of Beijing, sign up for the Great Wall Challenge October 13-22, 2012. Each day you will cycle between 60kms-110kms in the shadows of the Great Wall. The organization holds events in over 20 countries.