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Spinlister: An App That Lets You Rent Bikes From Awesome People

Spinlister

The bike movement is gaining speed and it’s great all around for people (who get some much-needed exercise) and for the environment (which benefits from lesser emissions). Not everyone can afford a bike, though, and not everyone who has one uses it on a daily basis. Pushing the movement forward and addressing these specific groups of people is Spinlister.

It’s an app that lets people who are looking for a bike rent one. It also lets those who have bikes rent them out to others. As with most rental services, fees are in order. You might be better off saving and investing in one, if you plan to ride a bike everyday. If, however, you find yourself in a different city and need a bike, then you can either visit the Spinlister website or fire up the Spinlister iOS app and rent one.

VIA [ Cult of Mac ]

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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Students Working On Futuristic Looking Bike With Spherical Wheels

Wheels, it turns out, are very passé. Balls is where it’s at. At least that’s what a student team from the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University is out to prove with the above early prototype of the Spherical Drive System, a self-balancing electric bike that rolls on spheres friction-driven by three off-center rotors. This setup should technically give the vehicle omni-directional manoeuvrability. Why? Because the future, that’s why. And also because the students believe it to be safer than conventional bikes, and that it would provide the rider with more driving freedom. We… buy the freedom thing, but we’re not sold on the safety part.

Still, the balls themselves are solid, made from carbon fiber and fiberglass with an industrial rubber coating, and the team has already taken delivery of them along with other essential parts. They’re still assembling the prototype as well as working on the software and they hope to have it ready to test by the end of 2012. Obviously since this is a student project, it’d be really optimistic to expect fast development and commercial availability any time soon, although they are looking for sponsor. Consider this project a proof of concept for now, a concept for which there may not even be a demand. But hey: the future!

Hit the jump for pics and links.

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Electric Bikes Don’t Have To Scream That You’re A Green Loving Hippie

Maybe you secretly love the planet. With a bit of introspection, you could discover that you’re a closet tree hugger. That’s cool, we don’t judge. But if the fear of coming out has prevented you from getting in on the electric bike bandwagon, with their proudly bland aesthetics that purposely scream “Look at my eco-conscious getup!”, then perhaps the Marrs M-1 could change all that. It’s an electric bike that combines the lines and handlebars of a 1920′s Harley Davidson, with the geometry and general allure of a cruiser. We dig it, big time. It offers a 20 mile range with speeds that are electronically limited to 20mph, by law. “The bike [also] features a 48V lithium battery, brushless DC rear hub motor, hydraulic disc brake, air cooled battery box, 3-piece crank case, as well as motorcycle quality wheels, tires, hubs, controls, seat, and grips.”

Sadly, like anything pretty, so is the price tag: $7,500. They should be available later this year.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gadizmo ]

Brammo Empulse Electric Bike Has Actual Clutch And Gear Transmission

By David Ponce

The thing about most electric vehicles is that there’s no real need for the traditional gears, or even a clutch for that matter. While some say this can be more efficient, it also produces a driving feel that’s completely alien and upsetting to purists. The Brammo Empulse electric bike tries to alleviate some of that pain by introducing the

“Integrated Electric Transmission (IET™) – IET™ is a mechatronic propulsion unit that emulates the feeling and performance of a traditional internal combustion engine, with a specially developed electric motor, clutch and gear shift, that enables the 2012 Empulse to accelerate hard from the line up to a high top speed, something that is just not possible to achieve with a single ratio electric motorcycle.

The bike is also the first to feature water cooling and its battery will be fully charged in 8 hours. With a full charge you should get a 121 mile city range, 56 mile highway and a combined 77 miles. There’s a 100mph top speed and two driving modes: Normal (limited acceleration and top speed) for added range and Sport for the reverse combination. Assuming 13 cents /kWh for electricity, it’s going to cost you roughly $4 for 400 miles of range and at current gas prices, that works out to 336mpg. Unless we screwed up our calculations somewhere.

In any case, expect to pay $16,995 for the Empulse and $18,995 for the Empulse R, which features carbon fiber accents and fully adjustable front and rear suspension. The company is accepting pre-orders now.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearPatrol ]