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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?

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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!

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

What the Fork?

I am SO loving the wild, cutting-edge bike designs that seem to popping up all over the world. Check out this forkless bicycle built as a graduation project.
Another creative bike to add to the Bike 4 Bangers wish list. I could just sit and stare at that thing for hours, marveling at the look of it.
What do you think? Killer design idea? Or death trap looking for a place to happen?

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Forkless Bicycle
Finnish bicycle designer Olli Erkkila has always designed bicycles that can really surprise us. Look at the white bike below. It is his graduation project for Institute of Design in Lahti.
The odd bicycle just adopts a modified frame that is steered using handlebars connected to a steering rod that turns the front wheel.

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September 8, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Technology and Design | Leave a comment

90% recycled bike

Another comment from Bike 4 Bangers
I love the clean look and feel of this new bike manufacturer Racer Rosa Bicycles.  90% of their production of parts of frame and components comes from re-used and recycled bikes and materials.  Not only is riding their bike good for you and the planet, but they are trying to make the production of their bikes ‘earth friendly’ as well.

“Just because you’re green on one side of your life, that doesn’t justify just ignoring another part. You should be as green as you can be,” says Diego Lombardi, co-owner of new start-up cycle maker Racer Rosa Bicycles. While bicycles are undeniably a green and pleasant form of transport, their production is largely tainted.

Racer Rosa’s ethos doesn’t just extend to frames though. Lombardi encourages buyers to use secondhand parts – taken off their old bikes and refurbished by Lombardi, or from vintage sources of quality “warehouse leftovers” that Racer Rosa sources. New parts, where used, are picked for quality and environmental credentials – using companies who manufacture entirely in the EU.

The end result is that the average Racer Rosa bike is more than 90% manufactured in Europe.

I like the idea.  We’ll see how they do as a company, trying to fit into a tight and very competitive market?


August 24, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Technology and Design | Leave a comment

Bicycling’s Monster Truck

This is a pretty cool article. This bike has absolutely no pragmatic reason to be in existence that I can see. But it has tons of coolness. To me, this thing looks like a monster truck/bike on steroids.
It was so cool I just had to share.

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A grown-up version of the Big Wheel

If you thought the Big Wheel was cool, check out the BigDog, a four person quadricycle.
“A wonderfully impractical assemblage of bicycle, go-cart, and golf-cart pieces and parts, drainage pipe, steel tubing, and patio chairs. This four-wheel vehicle allows four passengers to travel in minor discomfort at speeds approaching a brisk walk, for relatively short distances, on completely flat terrain.” Source: MAKE
Weighing in at 490 pounds, this cycle is big. The BigDog measures 11 feet 4 inches in length, 6 feet 4 inches in width, and has a height of 8 feet 6 inches.

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August 17, 2010 Posted by | Cycling Technology and Design | Leave a comment