TAG: Bicycling

Try New Transport Options

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Fuel prices continue to soar and along with the cost of insurance and maintenance, many people are finding driving a car┬ámore of a hassle than a pastime. Riding a bike will certainly save money on gas and give you a great cardiovascular workout while doing so. Choose your bike wisely. Do you live in the flatlands? A leisure or cruise bike is good for flat surfaces and provides a smooth journey. If you live in the rigid backsides of the country or in a city with many hills, you may want to pursue mountain bikes. Invest in a security lock… read more

Flat-Folding Bike Helmet Protects Skull, Saves Space

Flat-Folding Bike Helmet Protects Skull, Saves Space

Many of us grew up riding our bikes without wearing helmets, and most of us survived it just fine. That didn’t mean that riding without a helmet is safe, it just means that helmets (and their usage) wasn’t really on the radar for recreational cyclists back then. However, wearing a bicycle helmet can protect the brain of a rider in the event of an accident, and because accidents, by their very nature, are unpredictable, it’s probably best for both the recreational rider and the daily bike commuter to wear one all of the time. One drawback to wearing a helmet,… 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

Instant Public Parks from Human-Powered Mobile Gardens

Instant Public Parks from Human-Powered Mobile Gardens

Modular, mobile, and human-powered, Parkcycles can help reclaim little pieces of the city for public use. And when a group of them gather together, they can quickly create a much bigger public space, in the form of a Parkcycle Swarm. In an attempt to empower people to influence their local urban environments by building more people-friendly spaces that can change the way we think about city streets, N55 has built on their open source XYZ Spaceframe Vehicles and dared to give city inhabitants a “real and meaningful influence on the form and function of their city.” “The PARKCYCLE SWARM is… read more

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

One of the most common excuses for not riding a bike more often is the need for secure storage of our stuff while we’re riding, because let’s face it, cycling with a big backpack on can be a bit of a drag, and not everyone wants to pull a bike trailer everywhere they go. Sure, there are racks and baskets that can be put on the back or the front of a bike, but they aren’t secure by any means, and they sure aren’t weatherproof, so that means that you not only need to put your stuff in another bag… read more

Power Your Bike Computer with Your iPhone

Power Your Bike Computer with Your iPhone

For the serious cyclist, a new bike computer, powered by the iPhone, could be the gadget you’re looking for to take your training to the next level. The Wahoo RFLKT+, based on the company’s original RFLKT device, uses the iPhone’s computing power and GPS to provide the muscle, and the device’s ability to receive data from ANT+ cycling accessories, to become what the company calls “the most powerful bike computer on the market”. The RFLKT+ connects wirelessly to an iPhone (which can stay tucked in your jersey) and converts the data coming from any ANT+ accessories (such as a power… read more

Celebrate World Carfree Day

World carfree day

In a world that’s rapidly being overrun by fossil-fueled motorized vehicles, it’s important to bring awareness to the fact that an auto-centric lifestyle is not the only option, and that our neighborhoods, our communities, and our cities have a lot to gain by supporting better cycling, walking, and public transportation opportunities. One way to do that is to organize or be a part of a car-free day celebration near you, especially on or around September 22, when you can join together with many other global communities in celebrating World Carfree Day. “As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is… read more

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DIY Solar-Powered Bike Light

DIY Solar-Powered Bike Light

If you’ve got a solar garden light, an old deodorant stick, and some silicone, you’ve got all the ingredients to build your own solar-powered bike light. Using bicycles for transportation is not only efficient, but it’s also quite fun, with the added benefit of being a healthy activity for your body. However, cycling can be hazardous if you’re not visible to drivers or other cyclists, so adding lights and reflectors to your bike is one way to stay safer on the streets. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to illuminate your ride, because if you’re the… read more

Compact, Lightweight, Rechargable Bike Light: USB Light

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To stay safe on a bike at night, the brighter the lights you have, and the more of them, the better. While it’s great to have a headlight to see where you’re riding, it’s also good practice to have one or more lights on the frame of your bike, or on your body itself, so that you’re more visible from the back or the side. One great new choice for cyclists is the USB Light, which can be easily mounted or removed from just about anywhere on the bike, and come in five different colors for the fashion-minded. “USB Light… read more