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The Next Generation of Bicycle?

I am loving the look and ideas behind this new bicycle. The designer is calling this bike 2.0, and I might be inclined to agree with him. The look of this thing is AWESOME, even my daughter commented that this would look great in a bright, lime green.
Well done!

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What was the grand winning design? Bike 2.0: Next Generation Bicycle. From the designer:

Bike 2.0 the next generation bicycle, will give you more fun with energy boosts when you are cruising around. It makes you daily ride more comfortable with energy leveling and the stepless gearbox. You can even add the seat-tube battery and get there faster. Bike 2.0 has a generator and wires instead of a chain, so you will never get oily pants or fingers from the chain again. The two wireless control-units will control any aspect of your ride. You can easily control all this with the two wireless rings on the handlebar.

Read more at bike.ospreypacks.com

 

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Next Generation of Bicycle?

I am loving the look and ideas behind this new bicycle. The designer is calling this bike 2.0, and I might be inclined to agree with him. The look of this thing is AWESOME, even my daughter commented that this would look great in a bright, lime green.
Well done!
clipped from bike.ospreypacks.com

What was the grand winning design? Bike 2.0: Next Generation Bicycle. From the designer:

Bike 2.0 the next generation bicycle, will give you more fun with energy boosts when you are cruising around. It makes you daily ride more comfortable with energy leveling and the stepless gearbox. You can even add the seat-tube battery and get there faster. Bike 2.0 has a generator and wires instead of a chain, so you will never get oily pants or fingers from the chain again. The two wireless control-units will control any aspect of your ride. You can easily control all this with the two wireless rings on the handlebar.

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Loving the bicycle chain look of this table!

I’m not sure if the designers were going for a bicycle look with this table, but I am thrilled with the bicycle chain effect. And the practical uses for a table like this seem pretty limitless.

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the Elos table by Nódesign team assumes different shapes and sizes, making this product a high adaptive capacity furniture.

Read more at cubeme.com

 

May 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cyclist takes third place, even with skewer in his leg

WOW, I thought some people were pretty gung ho about biking. But, this cyclist, takes the trophy as far as I’m concerned. Cyclists have a strange relationship with pain. Some of them even seem to like it. This guy takes it to the extreme.

He pulled out a third place ranking, even though he had crashed and skewered his leg.

Pretty impressive! That’s not the kind of cycling I’m into… but I suppose you can take it however you want it.

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A large splinter didn’t keep Azizulhasni Awang from a bronze medal at the Track World Cup.

Pictures showed a large splinter of wood from the track had gone right through his left calf.

Awang was given third, but missed his moment on the podium because he was on his way to hospital.

See more at msn.foxsports.com

 

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cyclist takes third place, even with skewer in his leg

WOW, I thought some people were pretty gung ho about biking. But, this cyclist, takes the trophy as far as I’m concerned. Cyclists have a strange relationship with pain. Some of them even seem to like it. This guy takes it to the extreme.

He pulled out a third place ranking, even though he had crashed and skewered his leg.

Pretty impressive! That’s not the kind of cycling I’m into… but I suppose you can take it however you want it.

clipped from msn.foxsports.com

A large splinter didn’t keep Azizulhasni Awang from a bronze medal at the Track World Cup.

Pictures showed a large splinter of wood from the track had gone right through his left calf.

Awang was given third, but missed his moment on the podium because he was on his way to hospital.

  blog it

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

These bikes are REALLY pulling their loads.

Although I think these pictures have been augmented via Photoshop, it doesn’t really matter. I love the look! And the power it conveys about the abilities of bikes to carry a load is pretty awe-inspiring. And, to be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pictures ended up being authentic… I just can’t really see how it’s possible to carry that much stuff at once.
Do you know anything else about these pics? Please share with the Bike 4 Bangers readers.
Al

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‘Totem’ series by Alaine Delorme

This photo series by Alaine Delorme is awesome. From the somewhat lacking translating power of google I couldn’t make out whether the photo manipulation is limited to colours and contrast etc. or whether the loads have been augmented/completely synthesized, but to be honest, I don’t care that much.

The loads carried by some people in Shanghai on bikes is so incredible I wouldn’t be too surprised if most of these were real, either way they’re beautiful

See more at 14bikeco.wordpress.com

 

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hiker / biker restaurant will have NO cars

I am constantly surprised by the amount of cars on the roads here in Florida. At times, it seems like there are almost NO alternative transportation users. On the other hand, it seems like cycling and other options are exploding in other areas (from what I read). Maybe it’s the heat here? No one wants to do anything but ride in their own comfortable A/C?
But, this article describes an attempt at a downtown hiker / biker restaurant only… no cars allowed. I LOVE this idea. And it looks like, because of the popularity of these alternative options, it could actually be a feasible idea. The fact that it might work is very cool! I hope it meets with huge success. It’s not that I don’t like or use cars… it’s just that most people NEVER try anything else. It’s good to see people doing something different succeeding.
Personally, I hope their hiker / biker restaurant is a raging success!
And adding in the repair shop while you eat… is also a KILLER idea!
Al at Bike 4 Bangers

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World’s First Bike-Path Cafe

Madison WI, is a town routinely voted one of the best places to live in America. Now’s there one more reason.
A restaurant on a bike bath, accessible only by foot or bicycle. The local State Journal reports on restaurateur Chris Berge’s plans for a cafe on the Madison’s Near West Side that would be “inaccessible by car, serve local food, produce zero garbage and cater to the city’s burgeoning bicycle population.”
The planned café would be open from April through October, and include a bicycle repair shop, so cyclists could grab a bite to eat while getting a tire fixed, or get a tune up along with lunch.  The many “green” features of the restaurant would include local food served on reusable plastic or ceramic dishes at seating made from tree trunks, beverages served in reusable mugs offered for purchase that fit into a bike holder, and a zero waste operation.

See more at greenopolis.com

 

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Statistics on Bike Helmets

Another interesting article that lays out several studies and findings about the safety and efficacy of bike helmet use and laws. This article is definitely an interesting read, with LOTS of worthwhile statistics on using bike helmets.
What I do find interesting are the these alternative statements that say you motorists may avoid you more (give you a wider berth) if you’re not wearing a helmet, and that riders may actually ride more safely when they don’t wear a helmet. Those things seem counter-intuitive, but I have to wonder if they are true? In studying for our upcoming bike tour, a theme that came up repeatedly is that cars do go around you by a much wider margin if you are pulling a bike trailer.
What do you think?
Al from Bike 4 Bangers

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Bike Helmet Doubts

The bike helmet wikipedia page is dominated by helmet skeptics, and there are several well-argued skeptic pages out there, such as this page full of studies.  Consider, for example, the effects of a 1992 helmet law in Western Australia:
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“enforced helmet laws discourage cycling but produce no obvious response in percentage of head injuries”. This study has been the subject of vigorous debate. …  The largest [study], covering eight million cyclist injuries over 15 years, showed no effect on serious injuries and a small but significant increase in risk of fatality. … The head injury rate in the US rose in this study by 40 % as helmet use rose from 18% to 50%
The countries with the best cycle safety records (Denmark and the Netherlands) have among the lowest levels of helmet use. …Read more at www.overcomingbias.com

September 13, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Community, Cycling Law, Cycling News | , | Leave a comment

Old School Bicycles in Modern Day Bike Race (MUST see pictures)

This article is an absolute MUST read if you are at all interested in the history of bicycles. And the pictures … like watching pieces of the past float in front of your eyes today.
I almost can’t imagine seeing bicycles like this being ridden in America. What a COOL event to be a part of.
PLEASE let me know the next time you see one of these races being held in America. Bike 4 Bangers would LOVE to go and check it out.

Amplify’d from www.guardian.co.uk
Penny farthings and bone shakers
Cycling’s answer to the Goodwood Festival of Speed was held in a quiet town south of Manchester on Sunday. Entrants on penny farthings, hobby horses and bone shakers raced around a 1km track laid out around the town’s heath
Bike blog: Enthusiasts Gather For Knutsford's Ten Yearly Penny Farthing Race
Cyclists prepare their penny farthings for the Great Knutsford Penny Farthing Race on 5 September 2010. The Knutsford Great Race is the only penny farthing event in the UK and competitors come from around the world. Original and replica cycles race around the moor and is only held once every 10 years. Competitors have to complete as many laps of the one kilometre course as many times as they can in the three-hour time limitRead more at www.guardian.co.uk

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Cycling History | Leave a comment

Segway’s Older Bicycle Brother

Here is a pretty cool, picture slide-show compilation of some WILD and crazy bikes options you might see cruising around town. Although I would love to have all of these in the Bike 4 Bangers collection, I just don’t have the room or the money for all of these.
I especially like this one … it reminds of the Segway, before it was hit by the incredible shrinking machine.
Do you like ’em? Or are you more of a bike style purist?
Al

Amplify’d from www.huffingtonpost.com



Crazy And Useful Bike Contraptions: Weird Bicycles (PHOTOS)

Interest in bikes as a sustainable and fun way to get around town has skyrocketed in recent years, but bicycle enthusiasts have been getting creative with their creations for years.

This slideshow is just a taste of all the great stuff out there, so send us your craziest and most useful bike contraptions!

See more at www.huffingtonpost.com

 

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Technology and Design | Leave a comment