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My Bike Riding has Become Cyber Cycling

cyber- a combining form meaning “computer,” “computer network,” or “virtual reality,” used in the formation of compound words ( cybertalk; cyberart; cyberspace) and by extension meaning “expressing visions of the future” ( cyberfashion).

I was sitting on my couch yesterday and happened to glance over at my cycling helmet which was plugged into my computer. Over on the chair, my HYDRA water bottle was charging along with my cell phone. I checked the time on my Apple Watch.

I flashed back to 30 years ago when I first started riding my bike regularly on the Chicago lakefront bike path. There were no such electronic gadgets … literally.

Because I often ride in the dark, I bought a cycling helmet that has lights in front and back that flash to increase my visibility for safety. You can read about this helmet in my post – My New Bike Helmet – the Torch2.


This is the Torch helmet

The HYDRA water bottle isn’t so much of what I consider a necessity as a fun addition to my rides. You can find the details in my post – What is a HYDRA Smartbottle? Briefly, the HYDRA has a bluetooth speaker on top and allows me to play music from my iPhone on it. It also lights up at night to increase visibility of the bike.


Although those gadgets are literally new to the world as I received them from my crowdfunding activities on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, I think the biggest change in my bike riding is from the smart phone which most of us already own.


With my iPhone I have instant and up-to-the-minute access to weather information which is crucial to my daily bike riding. No more do I have to look up at an overcast sky and wonder if there is rain coming and should I turn around and head home. Now, I just fire up the iPhone and check the radar. No green and yellow shapes heading my way. Good to go!


The Apple Watch

Last, but not least, is my Apple Watch. Before I set out on the bike, I select the Workout app which allows the watch to track the ride. At the end of the ride, the watch gives me a report on how far I traveled, my average speed, the exact time I started and stopped and how many calories I burned. It also includes these data in my activity log for the day.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Lest you get the wrong idea, I want to leave you with this thought:


UPdate 8 April 2016. This past week I bought a new light for my bike. My bike shop mechanic showed it to me and I had to have it. The brand is Cygolite. Here is a listing from Amazon. I am including it here because it has a rechargeable battery, just like the helmet and water bottle. I plug it into the computer after riding. 


This is the Cygolite



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My New HYDRA SmartBottle Came

What? You don’t know what a HYDRA Smart Water Bottle is? Don’t feel bad. It happens to be a new invention that I read about and backed on Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site.

As I have posted previously, I use the two crowdfunding sources, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, for cool new products and ideas. You can read about my Torch 2 Bike Helmet that lights up at night which was also crowdfunded.

The HYDRA Smart Bottle is a wonder for a bike rider like me. It was “Designed to bring modern creature comforts along for the ride.” One picture is worth a thousand words, so you can see all the features below.


The top is a detachable Bluetooth speaker for my iPhone music. It also functions as a radio. By pressing a button on the bottom, the bottle lights up and becomes a lantern. It can also flash red if I want to turn my water bottle into an illuminated flashing red lantern when I ride at night. The base when charged holds enough energy to charge my iPhone or a tablet when out.

To get the full story on the HYDRA check out this video from the creators:

Here is the link for their website to read more: http://hydra-smartbottle.com/shop/

They are just finishing shipping out the preorders for backers, so you can’t get one there yet. Amazon will be selling the bottles. Watch for them.

Posted 5 Feb 2016: Here is the Amazon link they are selling for $59.95.



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What is the HYDRA SmartBottle?

Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new Torch 2 cycling helmet that I backed on Indiegogo, the crowdfunding site. As I said at the time, I thought there was some interesting information in the write up whether you were a cyclist or not. Well, now I have a new product that I backed on Indiegogo and it has even broader appeal than the Torch 2.

The HYDRA SmartBottle is way more than just a new water bottle. As they say on their website,  “The once mundane ‘water bottle’ has been transformed to be so much more! When you’re on the go, lugging around all your favorite gear can be restricting. Being light and agile means leaving good stuff behind. But not anymore! Introducing a brand new category – the SmartBottle!”


As you can see from the illustration, the HYDRA doesn’t look like any kind of ordinary drinking bottle.

I could spend a couple of hundred words writing about the HYDRA and letting you create pictures in your mind, but I don’t think I would do it justice. So, I have included the You Tube video from their website and you can see it for yourself.

Check it out. As you will see, any person who enjoys the outdoors will be able to find a use for it. I know I can’t wait to take it with me on bike rides. Okay, I will list a few of its attributes. It lights up, it plays music, it holds water, it lightens your load when  you go out to play.


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