The Ruckus Cruiser ($920) is a throwback back from the good ol’ days. It is a bicycle for everyone and reinvents cycling both in terms of a social activity and form of entertainment. The large, extended saddle allows another person to ride with you, in a tandem style, but without the additional size.The Ruckus Cruiser quiet-running drivetrain, which delivers a superior smooth ride. The frame and forks are made from Chromoly, and there are three gear options: Shimano Claris 8-speed, GreenTrans motor, and Singlespeed. The Ruckus Cruiser is available in small and medium sizes in classic red, white or black colors.
There has never been a better time to be a beer drinker, but it also the most confusing time thanks to the dizzying array of beer we now have on draft. Beer expert Joshua M. Bernstein comes to our rescue with his great book The Complete Beer Course ($16), which demystifies brews and breaks down the elements that make the basic flavor of beer spin off into many distinctively delicious and different directions. Built around a series of easy-to-follow classes, this course hops between lagers and pilsners to Trappist ales,hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey, aromatic pale ales, bitter IPAs, Barrel aged brews, roasty stouts, belly-warming barley wines, and those mouth-puckering sour ales. There is even a master class on international beers and another the pairing of beer with food and how to start own beer cellar. Through targeted, suggested tastings, you will learn what to drink and when and what to dump down a drain.
The Survival Pod by X Stream ($28) is a great addition to your everyday carry arsenal or any camping trip. This fisherman's fob has everything you need to keep you prepared for those little emergencies. It features a 4cm carabiner, fire stick flint, tinder, duct tape, 12ft of parachute cord, a sewing needle, lures, hook, and much more. You can get your Survival Pod in either black or orange.
If you're tired of having to jailbreak your AppleTV to get it to play your home videos, then you want to take a look at the G-Box Midnight MX2 ($99). The MX2 comes preloaded with a customized version of XBMC, runs on the latest Android 4.2.x Jellybean and has the Google Play Store so you can install your favorite apps, browse the net and much much more. Additional features include 8GB of internal storage with SD storage up to 32 GB, 10/100 ethernet, HDMI 1.4V, and 4 USB 2.0 ports. The MX2 has raised the bar for set-top boxes.
Slide: The Lexus Hoverboard ($TBA) isn't quite passing the smell test, but it is one heck of a marketing ploy. And if it actually turns out to be real, which I seriously doubt, sign me up for a pre-order. If you go on the Lexus website you'll see them marketing their soon to be released hoverboard called Slide. Slide, if it's real, uses magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets are also utilized to create the impossible. Along with the amazing tech you also get premium Lexus styling - including Lexus spindle grille signature shape, materials used in their cars, and natural bamboo. Stay tuned.
If you don't already know about ER Motorcycles check out our previous write-up on their BMW R80. It goes into some nice detail about their vision and the guys involved with company. But their new ER Motorcycles BMW R69S " Voltron" ($TBA) takes their vision one step further. This build by Blaž and crew is one of their most ambitious yet. Instead of a standard vintage cafe racer, they wanted to do something for the 21st century. Voltron is based on a 1974 R69S frame, which uses additional parts from an BMW R80 RT such as the engine, front end and wheels. I absolutely love the overall presentation of the bike. Right now ER doesn't have a website so check out their facebook page for additional details.