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The Lotus C-01 is a Helluva Superbike

Lotus C-01 superbike

Lotus is known for their four-wheelers, but they’ll soon be known for something other than that with the unveiling of their first motorcycle, the C-01, by Kodewa Performance Motorcycles. Designed by Daniel Simon with support from the Holzer Group, the C-01 comes equipped with a powerful engine encased in an aesthetically-pleasing chassis. Specifically, it’s powered by a 1.2-liter twin V2 engine that can produce up to 200HP and is dressed up in a chassis built from titanium, carbon fiber, and aerospace-quality steel.

With a dry weight of 400lb, that’s a power-to-weight ratio of 0.5HP/lb or 0.83kW/kg. So not only is it one sexy bike, but it’s also mighty powerful, too.

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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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One Shot Transforms Into a Bike In Seconds

One Shot Bike

One Shot is the ultimate portable bike. It isn’t shaped like a typical bike, although it still rides like one. Obviously it’s not meant to be ridden on mountain trails either, judging by the size of the wheels on this thing. It is, first and foremost, a portable bike. It was designed to be used with the rail transit in mind, as the sleek design allows it to be stowed in the train when commuting.

Essentially, One Shot helps you get to the places where you need to be minus the emissions (if you were riding a car) and minus the sore legs (if you were walking or running the entire time.) It folds up easily into a trolley-type rolling case which you can lug around using the attached handle when you’ve reached the station or when you’re not using it for easy handling.

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Bike For Two: Two Seats, One Bike

Two-seater bikes are uncommon but they aren’t exactly anything new. Or are they? Normally, two-seater bicycles feature one seat placed behind the other. The bikers are then expected to pedal in conjunction with the other for a smoother ride. That’s what YouTuber Marcin Zakrzeski’s two-seater bike expects bikers to do, too, although it offers extremely different seating options.

Instead of front to back, this particular two-seater bike features side-by-side seats. It’s a bike where both the riders are seated too close for their comfort. However, it does provide both with equal front views of the scenery, since the back rider has to keep staring at the front rider’s behind on the typical two-seater bike design.

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Rubbee Turns Any Old Bicycle Into an Electric Bike In Seconds

Rubbee

Electric bikes aren’t cheap. They might even seem like a frivolous purchase, especially if you’ve already got a bicycle that cost an arm and a leg when you bought it a few years ago. While there are a lot of conversion kits available to “electric-fy” your bike, most of them make your bike look like an experiment or a work in progress.

Then along came Rubbee, a recently-launched project on Kickstarter that promises to turn your regular bike into an electric one in seconds.

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Sandwichbike is an Assemble-It-Yourself Wooden Bike

Sandwich Bike

You put furniture together on a regular basis, so why not assemble your own bike together for a change? IKEA doesn’t have DIY bikes in stock on their shelves, but you can get one called the Sandwichbike delivered to your doorstep. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a wooden bike you’ll be putting together with this kit?

The Sandwichbike is basically a wooden bike that’s packed flat in a box in its component pieces. It won’t look like much of a bike when you open the box, as you’ll be greeted with its component parts that are just waiting for you to put them together.

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Siva Cycle’s Atom Generator Lets Bikers Generate Power for Their Devices By Cycling

Sweat to Electricity

Gadgets or contraptions that charge up while you use them are fairly uncommon. For example, some treadmills have been hooked up so that they power a small television or radio while a person’s running on it. Another example is Siva Cycle’s Atom generator, which can charge your connected device while you’re pedaling around town.

What sets it apart, though, is that it also charges up an on-board battery which you can detach and then use to charge compatible devices while you’re on the go.

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This Recycled Cardboard Bicycle Only Costs $9 to Make

Recycled Cardboard Bike

The hole in the ozone layer is getting bigger as we speak. Yet people still continue to burn and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like there’s no tomorrow. (Well, if they continue acting this way, then there really won’t be a tomorrow.) A big contributor is the exhaust gas emitted by cars and motorcycles.

Now we might not be able to eliminate all sorts of emissions, but we can do our part by carpooling and taking the old bike out for a ride every now and then. If you don’t own a bike yet then no worries, because now you can get one for less than a hundred bucks. That’s if the Recycled Cardboard Bicycle created by Izhar Gafni ever gets made on a large scale. His bike is put together using recycled card board and will only cost $9 to $12 to produce. By the time it hits stores, these bikes would probably be priced somewhere around $60 to $90, so really, there’s no excuse why you shouldn’t get one of these. I think the coolest part is that you’ll be helping the environment by riding something that was made with the environment in mind.

Hit the jump to check out a video about the Recycled Cardboard Bicycle!

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