tagged w/ Bicycles
bikes -- fueled by peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, vegetables from the sun's energy, and human power -- are naturally a green alternative to most other vehicles.
one day, in cities like Portland, Oregon, maybe those other vehicles will be an alternative to biking?
that'd be cool...
here's another pre-release clip from 1% for the Planet's (http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org) 15-min. film -- out on the web in early fall.
it's about a beloved 1% Member, Sweetpea Bicycles (http://www.sweetpeabicycles.com/blog/1/)
enjoy ;) jakebikes -- fueled by peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, vegetables from the... more
Tony Martin, one of the discoveries of this year's Tour de France, has rejected an offer to join Lance Armstrong's newly-formed Team RadioShack for the coming season. Martin said he would extend his contract with Team Columbia-HTC. Teammate Marcel Sieberg has also extended with Columbia for two more years. The 24-year-old Martin, who wore the white jersey for awhile as the best young rider at the Tour de France, told Sport Bild , "An inquiry from Armstrong is of course complimentary. But Team ...Tony Martin, one of the discoveries of this year's Tour de France, has rejected... more
“It could be built now if there was a will. All the technologies are already there, it’s just that nobody’s put them all together before.”“It could be built now if there was a will. All the technologies are already... more
A handmade bicycle, plated with 24-carat gold and adorned with more than 600 Swarovski crystals, has become the world's most expensive bicycle after it was sold for 55,000 pounds.A handmade bicycle, plated with 24-carat gold and adorned with more than 600 Swarovski... more
UK folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle has established a subsidiary in the United States led by industry veteran Ed Rae. He will work from his home office in Portland, Oregon.UK folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle has established a subsidiary in the... more
An ambitious public-bike-rental scheme called Velib is celebrating its second anniversary this month in Paris. While the bikes have transformed the city, they've also proven to be as popular with vandals as they are with commuters.
There's no doubt about it, Parisians have taken to Velib. In just two years the chunky gray bikes have been used for more than 50 million trips and have become a part of the cityscape. As many as 20,000 of them now flood the streets of Paris. The first half-hour's rental is free and the charges are reasonable after that. Users can take a bike and return it at any of the city's 1,000 bike stations.An ambitious public-bike-rental scheme called Velib is celebrating its second... more
"Ghanaian para-cyclist, Alem Bawa Mumuni has qualified to participate in the Union Cycliste International (UCI) Para–Cycling World Championship slated for Italy in September.
Mumuni, who turns 26 on December 31 made certain of his ticket to the global championship by emerging the overall best cyclist at the just ended JAPHAF (Games of the Future for the Disabled People of French-speaking Africa) in Niamey, Niger."
I'm really excited to see how this young rider does. He has an amazing spirit and strength. I'm even more interested in the Worlds now (if that was possible). BTW, he qualified on a bike donated through USAID (Agency for International Development). You can help by donating your used bike, too!
[us: sf bay area]
BTW, the picture is of Emmanuel Yeboah, another paracyclist from Ghana. I couldn't find one of Alem yet, but I'm thinking after the Worlds I'll have no trouble :) Emmanuel is an amazing story is his own right, and has been the subject of a documentary ("Emmanuel's Gift", http://www.emmanuelsgift.com/ ) narrated by Oprah."Ghanaian para-cyclist, Alem Bawa Mumuni has qualified to participate in the... more
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
How does drafting help a cyclist?
What is skin friction?
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel?
How do your muscles work?
The answers to all these and more at the Exploratorium!Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires? How does... more
The City of Austin and University of Texas are about to shift your parking paradigm into reverse.
In August, the city will jump on a national trend and install reverse-angle parking, sometimes called "back-in parking". Salt Lake City, Washington, Seattle and Portland, among other cities, already have reverse-angle parking in places.
The lines of the parking spaces would point forward on the street rather than toward the curb, as with traditionally angled parking.
A driver would have to go just past the parking space, then back in to it while swinging the steering wheel to the right. The idea is that it is better to "back into the known" — a static parking slot — rather than backing into moving traffic.
But it would also mean backing into a confined area rather than into the wide-open space of a traffic lane, requiring a set of skills similar to parallel parking but different enough to be challenging initially.
Under the city's plan, the 2,000-foot-long stretch would instead have the reverse angle parking, bike lanes in each direction and four traffic lanes. Under the plan, the city would install parking pay stations like the ones in various places downtown.
"If it works on this pilot project, which I think it will, then we'll contemplate how we put it on streets without center medians," said Robert Spillar, city transportation director.
The concern is that without a median, people going one direction would turn left and park facing toward the curb on the other side. Backing out in that circumstance would be extremely dangerous, Spillar said.The City of Austin and University of Texas are about to shift your parking paradigm... more
Cheap sex is for the taking in Berlin - if you show up on a bicycle. The Maison d'envie brothel there is offering discounts to those who arrive on bikes.
The brothel's owner, Thomas Goetz, said: "Obviously we hope that the discount will attract more people. It's good for business, it's good for the environment - and it's good for the girls."
Um, how exactly is it good for the girls?
Cyclists (or those who can prove they took public transportation) get a 5 euro discount from the usual 70 euro fee for 45 minute sessions.Cheap sex is for the taking in Berlin - if you show up on a bicycle. The Maison... more
A Berlin brothel has come up with a novel way to negate the impact of the global economic crisis and target a new group of customers at the same time -- offering a discount to patrons who arrive on bicycles.
"The recession has hit our industry hard," said Thomas Goetz, owner of the "Maison d'envie" brothel.
"Obviously we hope that the discount will attract more people," he added. "It's good for business, it's good for the environment -- and it's good for the girls."
Customers who arrive on bicycle or who can prove they took public transportation get a 5-euro (4 pounds) discount from the usual 70-euro ($100) fee for 45 minute sessions, Goetz told Reuters. He said the environmentally friendly offer was working.
"We have around 3-5 new customers coming in daily to take advantage of the discount," he said, adding the green rebate has helped alleviate traffic and parking congestion in the neighbourhood.
wow: that's a real added benefit to bicycling....A Berlin brothel has come up with a novel way to negate the impact of the global... more
The World’s First Man-Machine Hybrid Motorcycle. The electrically driven eROCKIT is best described as the alignment of two extremely different characteristics. Conventional handling that is familiar to everyone, coupled with a highly innovative and revolutionary propulsion system.
Everything about eROCKIT’s general handling comes from the common bicycle. From using the pedals to accelerate and ride the vehicle, to the rear and front wheel brakes, whose handles are positioned in natural locations on the left and right handlebars.
The revolutionary propulsion system is based on muscle force multiplication and delivers comparable power to a regular motorcycle. This is possible due to the proprietary eROCKIT electronics monitoring the driver's muscular effort and multiplying it by a factor of up to 50. The multiplied force is then transmitted to the rear wheel propelling the eROCKIT to a top speed of up to 80 kph (50 mph)
The eROCKIT bridges the gap between the regular two wheeler categories. On one side the muscle-powered two wheelers, on the other side, the motorcycles. The eROCKIT concept requires a continuous muscle deployment from the rider. The vehicle's electronic system multiplies this muscle power and deploys it as vehicle propulsion.
For the first time in the history of vehicle construction, the driver's physical power becomes just as relevant for driving dynamics and speed as technical vehicle properties and engine power.
Racing on demand: anytime, anywhere.
eROCKIT’s high agility and astonishingly high acceleration place its driver easily in a leading position, superior to the other participants in the traffic flow. The highly emotional coupling of the electric motor with the muscle power of the rider delivers a feeling of possessing unnatural powers and a racing feel that is amplified by the physical effort exerted. Add this to the satisfaction of seeing the trailing vehicles in the rear view mirrors, while knowing that the outcome of the race has been highly influenced by your own muscle power.
Here's a PDF booklet provided by the manufacture.
CNN covered this story today july 8th on HLN, check link below for their video.
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2009/07/07/magnay.germany.erockit.cnnThe World’s First Man-Machine Hybrid Motorcycle. The electrically driven eROCKIT... more
Be happy, bicyclists of the world, because the lasertastic LightLane personal bike path is going to be a reality soon. It's already in the production engineering phase, as this demonstration video shows:
As you remember, Lightlane was just a very clever concept in a design competition. Apparently the response was so overwhelming from bicyclists all over the world that the inventors actually decided to make it into a commercial product.Be happy, bicyclists of the world, because the lasertastic LightLane personal bike... more
I saw this bike a few days ago, and thought that it was definitely something different as far as transportation-design. The link above is to a blog, which features pictures of the BauBike from various angles. It's got a modern look, with a classy, sophisticated touch. Not much more I can say about it that hasn't already been said on the BauBike's official website:
"The BauBike is inspired by Bauhaus design. It is constructed around the geometric shape of the square and the equilateral triangle. The design is stripped down to clean lines and raw material.
The open-end piece above the back wheel, offers the possibility to customize the function of the bike to whatever need you may have. The different accessories can be placed in the tube and can easily be changed if needed.
The design follows a set of formal rules, limiting the geometry to straight lines in a pattern of 60 and 90 degree angles in proportions following the principle of the golden section.
By limiting the form with a fixed set of design rules and stepping away from the traditional function-oriented approach to the design process, this project transcends the border between design and art, raising fundamental questions about the nature of the bike as design and as a lifestyle accessory and introducing a much needed playfulness on the bicycle scene.
The BauBike is a bike for the modern urban society where adaptability is a necessity."I saw this bike a few days ago, and thought that it was definitely something different... more