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Another Power Source for the Long Haul

September 24, 1996|LYNN SIMROSS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Now you can put more pedal to the metal--manually or electrically.

Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories has just introduced its Electribike line, which features two models--a six-speed cruiser for the streets and an 18-speed mountain bike. Each has a dual 600-watt silent electric motor that can power riders down the street or up hills at speeds up to 20 mph with the flick of a switch.

The unisex Electribikes weigh about 25 pounds each (with motors). Batteries can charge in less than three hours with a plug-in charger, or their circuitry can turn the dual motors into generators, recharging as you ride.

Each bike comes in blue, black or red and costs $995. Riders also can get a motor system kit to add to their own bikes. Kits cost $495 each. Call (800) FOR-BHMA.

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Spellbound: Grade-schoolers will enjoy Franklin Electronic Publishers' latest electronic Bookman dictionary, which not only spells and speaks but contains animated graphics.

For example, if the student types in the word "pengwin," the Merriam-Webster Speaking FUN-damental Dictionary from Franklin shows the correct spelling of "penguin," speaks the proper pronunciation and shows the bird waddling across the screen. The electronic dictionary contains almost 100,000 definitions. It costs $109.95 for a stand-alone desktop unit. For more info, call (800) BOOKMAN.

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Heartfelt: Country Line Ltd. is introducing CPR Prompt Rescue and Practice Aid, a portable, battery-operated device that uses microchip voice technology to talk trained rescuers through every step of 12 lifesaving procedures for adults, children and infants. An FDA Class I medical device, it could provide guidance during an emergency or be used to refresh you in lifesaving techniques simply by pushing the buttons on the hand-held unit.

In addition to the practice aid ($99.95), Country Line also offers a new CPR Prompt Home Learning System ($59.95) that has a step-by-step video; the kit also includes a study manual and an adult / child practice mannequin, as well as an infant one. Call Country Line's toll-free number, (888) SAV-LIFE.

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