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Tag Archives: Bicycle

Prehistoric Cycling: Homemade Raptor Three-Wheeler

Raptor Bicycle

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they will live on forever in the imaginations of folks like you, me, and Norwegian artist Markus Moestue. His latest creation is this raptor three-wheel bike that makes it look like the cyclist is riding on the raptor. It’s bulkier than the average bike, that’s for sure, but its awesomeness more than makes up for it.

To support the extra weight, Markus added another wheel on the front, because dinosaur’s are anything but light, you know. Even fake ones. Check out more shots of the raptor bike after the break.

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For Bad-Ass Cyclists: Turbospoke Bicycle Exhaust System

Turbospoke

Cyclists are pretty bad-ass, considering the amount of pedaling they need to put in to get from one place to the other. An attachment of sorts that will add more bad-asserie to their bikes is the Turbospoke bicycle exhaust system. It was designed to look like a motorcycle exhaust and it even makes motor sounds as the cyclist pedals along.

Turbospoke’s set-up involves using waterproof cards that clap on the bike’s spokes every time the wheel turns. As a result, that distinct motor sound is produced, which is then amplified by the hollow exhaust tube.

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Self-Balancing Jyrobike Means No More Nasty Spills

Jyrobike

As someone who never really learned to ride a bike without training wheels (yeah, shame on me), the Jyrobike sounds like a godsend. It’s dubbed as the “world’s first self-balancing bike” that promises to stay upright, even when the one riding it has particularly poor coordination or balance. This is all possible thanks to a combination of smart design and gyroscopic technology that ensures that the bike remains steady even at low speed, which is integrated in a battery-powered control hub in the front wheel.

When the battery runs out, the bikes gravity-resisting feature fizzles out, and it rides just like a normal bike, so be careful if you haven’t gotten the hang of riding one without any help yet.

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Spokeless Sada Bike: Sleek, Portable, Foldable

Sada Bike

Bikes don’t get any more compact than these. This is the Sada Bike and it’s perhaps one of the most compact bikes you will ever see. This is possible because of how the bike is constructed in the first place. The wheels are essentially anchored using a small frame and clamp, so it’s easy to fold it into itself when you’re done pedaling for the moment or have reached your destination.

Another unusual feature are the wheels, which as you can see, are spokeless. This makes the whole thing more compact compared to other foldable bike systems.Continue Reading

Pibal is a Bicycle and Scooter In One

Pibal Bicycle

If you feel like cycling but have a scooter and feel like scooting but have a bike, then you should check out the Pibal. It’s a bicycle-scooter hybrid that lets you do either in one neat commuting machine. The Pibal is a product of a collaboration between French designer Philippe Starck and Peugeot, who created it for a free cycle scheme in France.

The awesome part? The first 300 of the Pibals are being manufactured and will be delivered by June to citizens, who will be able to take it out for a spin and go places for free.

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Halfbike is Essentially a Pedal-Powered Segway

Halfbike

 

Want to ride a bike without actually, well, riding one? Sounds impossible but that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with the Halfbike. As the name implies, it’s an alternative mode of transportation that’s inspired by the bike–or at least, half of it. It’s basically a pedal-powered Segway of sorts that comes with a single brake and a handlebar that looks like a gigantic joystick.

It was created by Kolelinia, who explains: “Halfbike is great for commuting and transforms it from a monotonous task into a vibrant part of our everyday life. It is suitable for short distances and in conjunction with public transport could be taken on board for longer trips. Halfbike is compact enough for an elevator, light enough to carry it on stairs and fits into spaces too small for a normal bike.”

The winning point has to be the one about portability for me, although you might want to go for a regular bike or a car, even, if you’re going someplace far. The Halfbike is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $899 will get you one of your very own.

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Air Purifier Bike: Ride a Bike, Clean the Air, Save the Planet

Air Purifying Bike

Cycling is the environmentally-friendly way to travel. It doesn’t require fuel, it doesn’t produce emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases, and it doesn’t require electricity (which is produced by burning coal.) Taking bicycles one step further is the team from Lightfog Creative and Design with the Air Purifier Bike.

Not only does it come with all the usual benefits of riding a bike, but it also comes with a built-in air purification system. It’s a neat idea, but the specifics that the team provided with regards to the system is mind-boggling, though.

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BitLock is a Digital, Keyless Lock for Your Bike

BitLock

With the advent of apps and hardware that allowed people to enter their homes with a digital key, it’s high time the technology was used for commute-related purposes. Specifically, for bikes. BitLock is a U-lock that is part of the keyless bike lock system that lets cyclists use their smartphones to unlock it instead of an actual, physical key. This means added convenience to most bikers, especially those who habitually forget their keys.

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SEIL Bag is a Wearable Signal Light for Cyclists

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A lot of accidents involving cyclists can be avoided if there was a way for them to signal where they were headed or when they’re about to make a turn to other drivers and cyclists on the road. Add-on signal lights are available for bikes, but most are compact–maybe too compact–in nature, and might not be visible in certain conditions.

Working with that in mind is Lee Myung Su, the designer behind the SEIL Bag. The concept won a Red Dot Design Award back in 2010, and now Lee is back with plans for turning it into a reality with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for the bag.

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