The unique design of this bike makes it stand apart from the numerous folding bikes out there. Unlike the vast majority of folding bikes which are popular with city dwellers, this bike even posses the ability to collapse its wheels to minimize the space it takes up in the folded position. This is achieved by making the wheels out of six pieces and curved spokes. The spokes fold into the rim, making a compact unit when the bike is folded.
The cool thing is that when you open up the bike for use again the spokes automatically fold out and align. We think this is a great solution, allowing you to use a bike with full sized wheels that function properly and yet can be easily folded up for ease of storage when you aren’t using it!
Luxury motorcycle manufacturing company Confederate has unveiled its latest bike: The P120 Fighter. This ultra cool motorcycle was revealed at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in California late 2009. The bike is made of a lightweight aluminium body, wrapping around its enormous engine. Nevertheless the bike maintains a graceful silhouette and is extremely pleasing on the eye.
The Floow Bike is an innovative spin on the traditional bike, aiming to make your ride easier and safer. The body is finished in carbon fibre, ensuring that the bike is as light as it possibly can be, yet without losing strength and rigidity. As you can see, it has four wheels and places the rider in a full seat with a large back rest. This, coupled with the full suspension system, ensures maximum comfort for the rider. The extended handles which allow the operator to direct the bike are designed to allow steering without straining the body. Furthermore, the Flow Bike comes with an optional roof to protect the rider from harsh weather conditions. All in all we think this is a great idea, which not only looks great but also has the potential to make green transportation more pleasant and sustainable.
The Cyclehoop is an award-winning design that converts existing street furniture into secure bicycle parking. This innovative product won the Reinventing the Bike Shed international design competition and has been installed by local authorities across the United Kingdom. It is a quick and cost effective solution helping local councils solve the problems of bicycle theft and the lack of on-street cycle parking. Cyclehoop is now based and operates primarily from the eOffice London workplaces providing a creative co-working environment for thriving businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.
They have recently installed new cycle parking at an office in Soho. A system of wall racks with secure locking anchors allowed the spaces along walls to be utilised. What’s more Cyclehoops have been installed on the recently launched Route 7 Cycle Superhighway.TfL are using Cyclehoops on this route to provide convenient cycle parking facilities for cyclists along this route.
More can be Found at: www.cyclehoop.com
The humble bike is one of the most practical transportation devices known to man, and it is certainly the most eco friendly commuting mechanism within a urban environment. The use of bikes helps cut down pollution, ensures good health and lets you meander through traffic with ease.
The Carrier Bike from Korean designer Shin Hyung Sub Shin seeks to give the bike a 21st Century makeover. The Carrier Bike is capable of transforming between two modes; Bicycle mode (not folded) and Carrier mode (folded). The middle part of the design acts like a storage area that opens with a sliding door. In addition, it is also the part that contains the electric motor and the pedals.
The bike design stresses the importance of comfort, in that is allows the biker to carry belongings easily. The most unique feature is that this same storage part allows users to carry their belongings not only when the bike is in carrier mode, but also when the bike is in riding mode.The bicycle is powered by an electric motor and a battery. It features spoke-less wheels and a handle bar that can also be used as a carrier handle.
You know the opening sequence of The Jetsons where George’s flying car folds right up into a briefcase, then he goes inside and kicks his feet up at the desk of the future? Well, we may not have flying cars — or moving walkways that sweep us to our office chairs for that matter — but soon we will have the YikeBike, an electric bicycle that tucks neatly into a bag little bigger than a briefcase. Its styling queues are decidedly futuristic penny-farthing, with the large front wheel, tiny rear, and little mustache handlebar, but that front wheel is driven by an electric motor giving a range of 9km and a top speed of 20km/h. No word on how long a full charge takes, but 80 percent requires only 20 minutes. It looks like fun (see for yourself after the break), and is due to start shipping by the middle of next year, but at a cost of €3,900 (over $5,500) it’s going to be something of a tall sale for a short ride.
Baltimore Spokes has an interesting piece about things that employers can do to help their employees successfully bike to work. It’s a very important thing. Even if you have nice bike paths and know all the tips about how to ride, you’ll probably be more tempted to give up if your work place is very bike-unfriendly. From an employer’s perspective, having bike-commuters in the office is a positive thing; they tend to be healthier, less stressed, and more productive (this sounds a bit too close to fitter, happier, more productive…). Read on to see tips for employers who want to encourage bike commuting.
Be Accessible: Most folks aren’t going to want to hop on I-66 to wheel their way in. So, companies in neighborhoods near multi-use jogging and cycling trials — like Bethesda, which is close to the Capital Crescent — are more likely to lure two-wheelers. Second best are offices near roads with bike lanes (or little traffic).
Keep it Clean: [One company] chose its location specifically for its shower facilities. In buildings without them, it’s smart to negotiate a group discount at a nearby fitness center. Otherwise, the only real option for riders is a rubdown with wet wipes.
Provide Safe Parking: Outdoor bike racks are fine for cheaper wheels you won’t worry about getting damaged or stolen. But riders generally feel safer with more secure storage.
Build a Community: “If people feel like they’re alone out there doing this, it’s not worth doing,” says Angela Atwood-Moore, a research associate at the National Institutes of Health. As the president of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, she’s been instrumental in keeping the Bethesda campus’ 600 bike commuters informed through a Web site and an e-mail list (to which 300 riders subscribe).
Show Us the Money: It also can’t hurt to offer financial incentives for ditching driving. Employers can institute the recently adopted monthly $20 tax rebate for cyclists, or go further.