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Slack Randoms: Gearless Magnet Bikes, Reversible Peak Kids Helmets & More

Apr 9, 2023
by Ed Spratt  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel that we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.




Gearless Magnet Bike




Reversible Peak Kids Helmet


Prolids is a CPSC-certified kids bicycle helmet with a unique design that allows the peak to be worn either on the front or back of the helmet. Prolids has designed the kids helmet with a more hat-like look with three different peaks with the aim to offer a helmet that kids will want to wear. ProLids founder Brett Baker said in a press release: "I have dealt with the fallout from a childhood head injury for most of my life."

“My main goal in starting ProLids is to help prevent today’s kids from having to go through the same experience. To do that, we had to design a helmet that was safe, and that looked cool enough for kids to want to wear it.”

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Amaury Pierron's Training Ride POV


bigquotesAmaury Pierron and friends getting training runs in while having a little fun on the trails. GoPro



Farewell NZ - Brett Rheeder




UR Team at Crankworx Rotorua


bigquotesBest of Crankworx 2023 summer series and Crankworx Rotorua packed in to the pre-season team camp. The team came away with a bunch of medals and are revved up for the season. Unfortunately Kye had a crash during dual slalom which resulted in a grade 3 tear in his AC joint which he will be receiving surgery on. He may be missing the first round of the World Cup but should be back to business for the rest of the season and back on pace! UR Team



Windrock POV with Dakotah Norton & Chris Grice


bigquotesTake a dusty lap down Windrock with Dak and Chris. Dakotah Norton



How Many Pressure Washers Does it Take to Fly?




A Gun Exploding at 187,000fps




Hydraulic Press Waterjet Testing


bigquotesGet ready for an unbelievable experiment as we take the Hydraulic Press Channel to new heights! In this video, we harness the power of bananas to create a high-speed fluid stream that cuts through a watermelon and a wooden plank like a hot knife through butter. Hydraulic Press Channel




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92 Comments
  • 104 1
 I fully stand behind the intent to encourage kids especially to wear helmets, but damn that lid looks bad and gimmicky no matter with way the brim is pointed. I'd encourage people to make sure the chin strap is going to do something in the event of a crash before worrying about a flappy bit of plastic off the front (or back?[!])
  • 37 0
 What the fuck is that thing honestly
  • 80 0
 At no point in human history has there been a kid who thought „If that helmet looked more like a Playmobil basecap, I would wear it“…
Main reasons not to wear one as a kid were always „isn‘t comfortable“ or „mom and dad don‘t wear one either“, both have easy solutions.
  • 12 0
 @lukesky: ‘Playmobile baseball cap’ my first thought as well
  • 60 0
 That helmet: "How do you do, fellow kids?"
  • 25 0
 Ideal helmet if you child is a real life Lego figurine
  • 19 0
 @bikes-arent-real: Oh I say.... Is that a polo helmet?
I do like a good chucka what!
  • 12 0
 If you look carefully into the backstory of the company you find out it's funded in a round about way by the 'green' part of shell oil. Nice try oil.
  • 9 0
 I thought it was an April Fools joke
  • 15 0
 My kid love his full-face because he thinks it looks bad-ass. Therefore, he wears it. This just looks goofy. Might take a little more to convince him to wear.
  • 9 0
 I thought that girl was about to get on a horse, it looks exactly like a horseback riding helmet. www.doversaddlery.com/riding-helmets/c/1201
  • 5 0
 @barp: #1 comment
  • 5 0
 I only came here for the helmet comments, and this did not let me down.
  • 4 0
 @TheR: I have the same experience. My two little ones both have full face helmets. They both wear them because they look cool.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: Right full face is the way to go!
  • 8 0
 @lukesky: you're spot on across the board.

Also, am I the only one who wants to smack a parent who's riding helmet-less with their kids who are helmeted. Great, you got your kid to wear a helmet this time, but what example are you setting dummy?
  • 2 1
 target group: dads in their 50s with toddler kids trying to look young again

(other accessoires: craft beer, beard, design-city-ebike)
  • 7 0
 @tofhami: As a dad with a beard, fridge full of craft beer next to me, and toddlers who need transport... I wouldn't be caught dead with my child wearing that thing. Unless he wanted to of course, but he wouldnt.
  • 4 0
 @jaytdubs: no you aren't the only one.

Frustrating how street has this image that helmets look uncool. Who looks at Tony Hawk and thinks "Wow, he'd be cooler without a helmet"? And then that thought process carries over to MTB when people try it for the first time. The amount of backwards hats I saw during COVID was off the charts.
  • 2 0
 I could see it working ok in the bmx or skate world. The idea isn’t bad, we’re just not the target market. MTB doesn’t have the culture that no helmet = cool, so kids that aren’t wearing helmets stick out, but skate parks are different
  • 1 0
 @tprojosh: Not only the right way, but he asked for it over all other helmets.
  • 3 0
 @aharms: This would fair even worse at the skatepark... oh man...no... nope. Not even once. I think the target market for this helmet is 6 to 10 year olds cruising around the cul de sac... and that's about it.
  • 4 0
 @islandforlife: Not even, I'd say. The target market is the grandparents of those 6-10 year olds; the kind of people who would earnestly describe this helmet to those same kids as "snazzy", "neat" or "trendy"
  • 2 0
 @Jmac888: they should totally just make lego hair helmets...
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: fair enough, shows I don’t skate lol
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1

Nobody will remember this, but Giro had the so-called Fat Hat in 1996 and it looked better than the above.
  • 1 0
 Same - I commend their attempt and reasoning, but those are pretty hideous helmets .
  • 1 0
 I guess there´s a reason why the blocked the comment section of their youtube video
  • 1 0
 @JohSch: No that's because there are children in the video. YouTube disables comments for all videos with children or videos intended for kids.
  • 1 1
 @browner: Oil makes most of the parts of whatever you typed that comment on
  • 1 0
 @Maxipedia: Huh, I get only three unique hits for "giro fat hat" and no pictures--talk about fading into obscurity! Now I'm really curious to see it.
  • 22 0
 Love to see I did a thing here. I recommend anyone go and have a look at his channel. He does a ton of really weird and fun stuff.
  • 7 0
 I like to watch him and this old tony/stuff made here back to back to get the whole spectrum of workshop safety/bodgyness
  • 8 0
 @GumptionZA: TOT is a legend. I wish he put out more content.
  • 4 0
 The puns are always so good. The one about losing all the bolts in the grass had me in fits.
  • 3 2
 Too bad he rides a Levo, Unsubscribed
  • 13 0
 So this guy used an eddy current brake as a drive system and found out it was crap? Predictable but kudos for actually trying. We can't have innovation without all the good ideas that do not work.
  • 1 8
flag roeiber (Apr 11, 2023 at 3:35) (Below Threshold)
 For a real engineer, it's just sad to see that there is a real belief in such things could work out. Is it just for the content? Is it just to be occupied and use some resources? The result out of this was obvious - but since the majority of people probably just are doing marketing and digital bull shit jobs, they kind of find it educationally valuable. No offense, but it shows how society works nowadays. f*ck - I should have studied marketing or finance. :-(
  • 5 1
 @roeiber: Q: How do you know if somebody is an engineer?
A: Don't worry, they'll tell you.
  • 5 0
 @roeiber: More than one invention was done because someone refused to take advice from all the experts. Of course, 99+% of the people that refused to take advice from experts are wrong and some die a painful death because of it. But that isn't the point. Evolution works like that. Try lots of random stuff, throw away almost all of it except the few that work.
So let people try out stupid stuff and put it on YouTube. This guy at least made something, thought it through and did real experiments. My kids watch hysteric 20somethings unpack cheap plastic toys and play with them. Now that is a waste of bandwidth.
  • 11 0
 In regards to the Gearless Magnet Bike, it took me almost 23 years to master the perfect combination for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. So believe when I say I find his tutorial fascination.
  • 1 0
 I thought of the reverse years ago as a brake using your aluminum rim
  • 4 0
 Would you mind sharing your combination? I'm still searching for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.
  • 2 1
 @RockCrawler:

Don't listen to that charlatan! San Louis cracked wheat sourdough bread, and Tillamook swiss cheese FTW.
  • 5 0
 @RockCrawler: I’ve always found double buttering, aka buttering both sides of the bread, is the secret to the best grilled cheeses.
  • 5 0
 @whambat: Mayo. The secret is a thin spread of mayo on the inside of the bread.
  • 2 0
 @ryan-pnw:oh, I may have to put that to the test at lunch.
  • 3 0
 @ryan-pnw: YES. Mayo instead of butter is a life changer. In fact, a double mayo (inside-outside) of each bread slice is pretty magical.
  • 1 0
 @aks2017: mayo on the outside, butter on the inside! Just don’t think about how much fat is in there lol
  • 1 0
 @RockCrawler: toast the bread without cheese to start with, then assemble the sandwich with the cheese and the toasted sides on the inside. Use two slices of the good cheese of your choice with a slice of American in the middle, the sodium citrate in the American cheese helps the good cheese melt more evenly. Then toast the outside in plenty of butter. Boom.
  • 2 0
 @SangamonTaylor: I wonder what cheese available in Italy would also contain sodium citrate.
  • 3 0
 @RockCrawler:
As soon as the US Patent Office awards my request, I'll post the recipe.
  • 1 0
 @aharms: The THINNEST layer of mustard. Inside the sandwich, before adding the cheese. Phenomenal...
  • 9 0
 Heres my 13yr olds take on Prolids and cool, no way! thats for if your gonna ride a my little pony, hes right. Perhaps see what kids would wear and not what you think they would wear. My kids have no problem with there helmets, they chose them from the choice of fit and safety standard, we painted them up to personalise them a bit and they love em
  • 6 0
 I now make it a point not to click on any YouTube video where the thumbnail is of idiots with ridiculous looks of surprise, pain, confusion, etc. Big red flag for click bait, endless filler, and ultimately a huge waste of time.
  • 4 1
 The annoying thing is when you learn that YouTubers actually make several different thumbnails, then test them until they find the best one. So that thumbnail you don't like? Yep, it's what got the most clicks.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: Yeah, a good example is any Big Clive "Will it Carbonate?" video. He's even pointed out on video when he's making a stupid face for the thumbnail to make the clickbait. But the videos are actually all very entertaining.
  • 1 1
 @JSTootell: Most "youtubers" like this... pick their own thumbnail. That one is pretty obvious because they had to make that one.
  • 3 1
 @islandforlife: That's what I said. They make multiple thumbnails, then test them.
  • 6 0
 Harness the power of bananas
  • 23 0
 This is 29 Acacier Road. And this is Eric - the schoolboy who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs!
  • 5 0
 @fatduke: There were a few dusty neurons that were so happy that they could finally fire again! On behalf of the corner of my brain where bananaman was stored: thanks!
  • 3 0
 Magnet...hmmm... For downhill, stronger magnet because you aren't cared about the watts, no hard-contact kickback. NO HARD-CONTACT KICKBACK!!!!! You've opened a door for new geometries.
  • 4 1
 didn't watch the video to spare net traffic but if that magnet transmission is what i think it is, it's rather cool actually, CVT for bikes (only with shit efficiency)
  • 1 0
 My friend built a Briggs & Stratton mini bike with belt drive and a steel mesh CVT. That was a trip.
  • 2 0
 @thomasjkenney1024: lol, nice one
  • 3 0
 i did a thing is one of my favorite youtubers, he has great production quality ands pretty funny.
  • 3 3
 Magnetic clutch is kinda interesting. What if combine it with idea of classic friction clutch or something. Only strange thing he didn't try backpedaling for stronger braking.
  • 2 0
 He couldn't, that magnetic current was too strong.
  • 2 0
 Finally some sunshine, went for a nice bike ride today Smile Hope all is good for eveyone.
  • 1 0
 I could see the magnet technology for a trainer for cadense and consistent power delivery. By the sounds of it you get some feedback.
  • 3 0
 Magnets. How do they even work
  • 2 0
 Good way to cut off a toe.
  • 2 0
 I assume that's why one of them's already wrapped in tape
  • 2 0
 Finally someone found a use for bananas!
  • 2 0
 they should just make a boa strap helmet for kids instead of this
  • 1 0
 Windrock is so gnarly. I would have died multiple times.
  • 1 0
 Every teenage boy can do that.
  • 1 0
 Sandbox did the reversible brim helmet better
  • 1 0
 Apparently the kids want "English" style equestrian helmets?
  • 1 0
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