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Autobike aims to keep casual riders in the perfect gear – Bike Radar

April 2nd, 2013

For serious riders, shifting gears is part and parcel of riding a bike, but many casual riders often just put it in a gear and leave it there. Just as driving a manual transmission car requires a certain “feel” for the road, so too does shifting gears on a bike. The new company AutoBike has a machine […]

AUTOBIKE BUILDS FIRST CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE, AUTOMATIC SHIFTING BIKE – BikeRumor.com

March 20th, 2013

Who remembers the Trek Lime? Or for that matter the original Autobike (not sure if they’re related)? It seems that the holy grail for bike designers is a bike that appeals to the masses not because it’s the lightest, or fastest – but because it’s the simplest to operate. So, first there was the Autobike […]

AutoBike’s New Voyage Auto-Shifting Bicycle to Feature NuVinci N360 – Bike World News

March 4th, 2013

AutoBike, Inc. and Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) have announced that AutoBike’s new Voyage auto-shifting bicycles will be equipped with Fallbrook’s award-winning NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission. AutoBike’s shifting system senses the changing road conditions — whether climbing a hill or pedaling on a straightaway — and will seamlessly auto shift through an infinite number of effective drive ratios within the NuVinci CVP’s wide 360 percent […]

Bike Expo spotlight: AutoBike

February 26th, 2013

We’ve got an exciting line-up for this year’s Seattle Bicycle Expo, to be held March 9 and 10. From thrilling stunt shows to DIY-crafts to inspiring presenters, Expo has it all. Of course, it wouldn’t be an expo without exhibitors. More than 200 exhibitors will set up booths at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal to show off new bikes, gear, fitness plans, […]

Autobike launches new line of bicycles from Troy

December 5th, 2012

AutoBike just launched out of a brand-name business accelerator, landed five-figures worth of seed funding and is getting ready to start producing the next generation of easy-shifting bicycles from Troy. The 1-year-old start-up is developing an automatic shifter for bicycles. The new shifter employs a system that constantly monitors the bike and how its rider […]

Autobike launches new line of bicycles from Troy

November 15th, 2012

AutoBike just launched out of a brand-name business accelerator, landed five-figures worth of seed funding and is getting ready to start producing the next generation of easy-shifting bicycles from Troy. The 1-year-old start-up is developing an automatic shifter for bicycles. The new shifter employs a system that constantly monitors the bike and how its rider […]

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Betaspring Launch Day, when 13 startups will strut their stuff – Boston Globe

November 7th, 2012

“Designing and marketing a bike that shifts gears automatically, based on road conditions. “The continuously-variable rear hub has an unlimited number of gear ratios, so you can always find that perfect gear,” says co-founder Sean Simpson.”

Betaspring opens doors to new class of startups

September 28th, 2012

With one tap of his smartphone, Judd Rosenblatt, a recent Yale University grad and co-founder of Crunchbutton, put a huge smile on the face of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse when he was able to deliver the senator’s favorite sandwich – the falafel. He did it by using a service he and a group of others […]

Twelve Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Award

April 10th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 10, 2012 – ANN ARBOR, MICH.– Twelve Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $444,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $2.4 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “The companies that received […]

Shifting Gears: A Conversation with Sean Simpson

March 1st, 2012

Sean Simpson is living the dream. The 27-year-old Troy resident had spent too many years of his life wearing the shirt and tie uniform of an engineer, filling out TPS reports, and rolling his eyes at the Lumbergs who infested his office. Today he is running an innovative start-up, AutoBike, pursuing his MBA at the University […]