TAG: Bicycle

Carpet Gets Off The Floor

Carpet Gets Off The Floor

Old carpeting and remnants can account for a surprising amount of waste. Though most carpet does end up in the landfill, it can be recycled. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics, in 2011 the amount of carpet that was recycled averaged 9%. The following designs are surprisingly made from old carpet, and are also examples of just what can be done with creative recycling endeavors. You would never think that this children’s bike was made entirely from residential nylon carpet. Called the Wishbone Bike Recycled Edition 3 In 1 from Wishbone Design Studio, it is constructed from 100% post-consumer… read more

Like To Bike?

Like To Bike?

If a 2-wheeled ride is your thing, these practical pathways may be of interest. The following trails with a kick are giving an update to the old school bike path. First, from Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, this lustrously presented lane is located in Nuenen, Netherlands. Called the Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path, it offers a lane of entertaining space just begging to be trekked on. The illuminated track is a nod to the world famous painting, The Starry Night from artist Vincent van Gogh, who reportedly resided in the area during the years of 1883 to 1885. The pattern looks neat during the daytime, but… read more

Power Your Home by Pedalling Your Bike

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With as little as three essential objects, in addition to yourself,  you can put your strength to good use powering your home and its various contents with your own bike generator. These crucial ingredients include a bike, a motor (a stepper motor, permanent magnet motor, or automobile alternator), and a battery pack. When constructing your own bicycle generator, it is better to use a real bicycle, preferably a road bike, rather than an exercise or stationary bike. Though you will need a stand or bike trainer to keep the bike in a stationary position. Bikes with gears allow people of… read more

Underground Access Please

Unused subways

Since the invention of automobiles, public transport has declined, even though the need for it remains. Accompanied by ever-accessible highways and interstates, cars have lead to empty subways. Many abandoned subways lie beneath cities today, unbeknownst to some residents. Obviously this is not a problem to those who drive cars but there are still people who either can’t drive or choose not to. And not everyone wants to commute by bus or transit. This is why pedestrians and cyclists would benefit from the creation of lanes separate from major roads, allowing them access to important areas within their city without… read more

As Light As A Bicycle

Blackbraid bike

Before you start scouring Amazon and eBay for the Blackbraid Bicycle, know that it will cost a hefty $20,000 when it finally comes to market. That being said, this example of modern engineering is a wonderful example of the way of the future. Weighing less than 11 pounds, the Blackbraid Bicycle by the Germany-based bicycle company Munich Composites was built with braided carbon fiber encased in resin. The bike is strong(er) than steel, and weighs like it was made from aluminum. Carbon fiber has typically been an expensive building material, depending on its usage. In cars, trucks, and planes, it… read more

World’s First Floating Bicycle Roundabout

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Oh, Netherlands, what isn’t there to love about you? Sure, you’ve got freezing winters, scary-high mountains, and relative isolation from the rest of the world, but aside from that, you’re pretty amazing. What’s that? You’ve just created and built the world’s first floating bicycle roundabout? Why shucks, you’re making it harder and harder for me to justify not taking up permanent residence (side note: that is a total jk. I very much like the U.S., and if anything, I’d move to Australia or New Zealand, but I digress). Yes, The Netherlands, famous for all sorts of environmental breakthroughs and technologies,… read more

Two-Wheel Drive Folding Electric Bike

Two-Wheel Drive Folding Electric Bike

The electric bicycle market is booming, as more and more people are beginning to recognize how convenient (and cheap to run) they are, especially in urban areas. There are all sorts of different types of configurations, from electric add-ons for conventional bikes to fully electric versions, but this electric bike prototype goes it one further, by folding up for ease of storage. This e-bike concept from Nikos Manafis has a frame made from folded sheet metal, and includes not one, but two in-wheel electric motors (250W each) that can either be driven separately or together (for either a longer range… read more

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Cycling, Flying…or Both

Paravelo: the world’s first flying bike

For those of you who love extreme sports and ride bikes in the city, but want to avoid traffic jams, there is a new two-wheeled that you will absolutely adore. Created by a pair of British enthusiasts who have a passion for both cycling and flying, John Foden (37) and Yannick Read (42), the XploreAir Paravelo is a bike that transforms into an aircraft. The inventors say it is the world’s first fully functional flying bicycle. “If you have a thirst for adventure, but are without the storage space or bank balance large enough for a helicopter, then the Paravelo is… read more

The Velocino – The Pocket Sized Italian Bike

Velocino

Handy, pocket sized and very cute, Velocino is Italian manufacturer Abici’s latest bike. Charming and charged with history, they are a re-design of a bike first commissioned by Italian dictator Mussolini, who wanted a two-wheeler which was the perfect size to carry around with him. In fact, Abici’s first models were inspired by classic pieces from the 30s, 40s and 50s that owners Giuseppe Marcheselli, Stefano Seletti and Cristiano Gozzi would find in old bike shops and nearby scrap yards within Italy’s Alpine region of Lombardy. But one day they found an old Velocino model and never looked back. Each Velocino… read more