Remember Ron Arad's bicycle designed with sprung-steel wheels? Arad's crazy idea worked, though no bicycle manufacturer pursued the concept. In the years since, however, non-pneumatic tire designs have slowly become a reality for ATVs and John Deere mowers, and now Bridgestone reckons they might work for bicycles too. Previously
Multitools are pretty personal, much like riding styles and the bikes that need fixing, but most just gently tweak the same old tools and features. So whenever someone manages to make a truly compact multitool that somehow improves on the existing folding hex wrench sets, I get pretty hyped.
I'm on record as pretty unimpressed by most of the hubless and minimal frame and clunky carbon fiber and 3d printed and "modular" bike ideas you design nerds come up with, but I still like fun. The designers at Playful Design Studio obviously do too. Their new bike design links
Bikes aren't new. Bike saddles, accordingly, are also not new. The according pains in the ass caused by use of bikes and saddles, unshockingly, are not new. The "Rinsten Spring"—the Kickstarting seat spring claiming to make your bike ride smoother, more comfortable, and healthier? Totally not new. But it is
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
The Tex Lock is a cool, textile-heavy variation on flexible bike locks, but it weaves some big promises. After two years of development, their recent crowdfunding cycle is over and super successful, but I'm still waffling. The core of this lock design (ho ho) is a melding of woven construction
It's not unfair to say most sleek designy bikes are garbage from a practical perspective. Aesthetically speaking designers despise hubs, spokes, angular frames, familiar components and the basic engineering that makes bikes work. Thankfully the Stadtfuchs is a foxy new release from Urwahn Bikes in Magdeburg, Germany, and a pleasant
Modefi is a bike designed by the user. Bike commuters share a common purpose, but not a singular way of use. Commuters modify their bike frame to fit the their diverse needs; we wanted to embrace that. Individuality and the power of choice, are key in today's marketplace. Users desire
Every cycling enthusiast dreams of ordering a custom frame, made to fit their specific dimensions and riding style. Based in South Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, Firefly Bicycles have been fulfilling the dreams of a dedicated client base since 2011. They produce around 120 bikes a year, and will build any style
Pulse Performance Products was looking to add an authentic-looking electric chopper to their line that gives beginners an authentic riding experience. We diligently researched full-sized chopper motorcycles and sought to make the the Chopster E-Motorcycle as genuine as possible, from the radically modified steering angles and lengthened forks, to the high handlebars and sissy bar. To stay true to the chopper styling, we gave the the Chopster E-Motorcycle a sleek, custom look that distinctly diff
Despite being on the market for decades, carbon bicycles are still largely the domain of road riders. Open minded roadies often dabble with rougher riding styles, but the widening world of gravel grinders and ultralight touring hardly overlaps with traditional road bike design at all. Rob McKillip is one such
When we announced Ikea's chainless bicycle last year, there was no word on a U.S. release date. But the company has just announced that the Sladda is now available here--at a lower price point than expected--and we've finally gotten a closer look at some of the features. First off, to
It's been a fun if contentious year in bike design. 2016 saw still more hubless bicycles, futuristic e-bike concepts that defy human nature, with room left over for good old fashioned bike porn. But our most popular bike stories this year ranged more critical, more humorous, and more genuinely surprising.
Bike and tool lovers take note: Silca refuses to stop making awesome stuff, so look away or start saving. This week saw the first batch of their Kickstarted T-Handle hex wrenches hit the ground, and they look great. Silca has previously been famous for their hyper engineered pumps, and more
BMW recently rolled out the Motorrad Vision Next 100, an aggressively futuristic concept motorcycle that aims to "digitize", "simplify" and "totally free" us from the traditional riding experience. The design's biggest claim to fame isn't its high efficiency electric power, self-balancing gyros, or even the wacky Tron uniframe. Its creators
If you're bike nerd enough to have heard of Brooks England, or want to see product design taken to its sexy logical conclusion, treat yourself (at least your eyes) to a Berthoud. These French saddles are an even blingier take on traditional leather butt holders for your bike. While younger
Ours is the plugged-in generation, loaded up with devices that demand a steady flow of energy at home, at work, and on the go. We have spawned an era of energy dependence - and there's no indication that we can stop. The science advocacy group, Union of Concerned Scientists,
As Australia's smuggest bike brand, Knog has provided us with heavily designed and moderately innovative bike lights for over a decade. Earlier this year the not at all tiny and not at all new brand took to Kickstarter to launch the Oi bell, one of their first non-light products. The
According to the FBI more than 1.5 million bikes are stolen per year in the U.S. Some of those bikes weren't locked, but many were taken by thieves who cut the lock or cable with a hacksaw, bolt cutters, or the current favorite—a cordless grinder equipped with a cutoff wheel.
I might be the wrong person to ask for opinions on concept bikes, since I prefer bicycles that ride well first and look futuristic second. But from time to time, a flashy one will catch me so far off guard I wind up liking it before I can help myself.
Altor Locks launched earlier this year on a wave of crowdfunding, and after an unusually fast turnaround on early production, they're finally out and about in the real world. The surprisingly light design clocks in at just 560 grams (1.2lbs), utilizing a blend of solid grade 5 titanium bars and
Closca's odd nesting helmet has come a long way since its Kickstarter debut and early releases, and now it's ready to keep folks riding through nesting season. The space saving design has a simple Devo-y appeal, and the new accessories add cold weather dexterity to that chunky collapsible shape.
In case you missed it, this Bieber-y Playmobil hair bike helmet has been riling people up on the internet for a few days. Yes, it's real. No it's not functional. Yes it's awesome. No you can't buy one. Yes it's Playmobil, not LEGO, you insensitive monsters. The concept was
The Ottolock's ultralight take on bike locks is blowing my grumpy mind. It looks like a zip tie, holds up against bolt cutters, and fits in a pocket. As a neurotic bike lover I often advocate (read: rant) about getting the proper bike/tool for the job, because otherwise you
Brooks England is legendary in the cycling world, known as much for their long-wearing saddles as for their aggressive commitment to their "heritage quality" style and brand. For the last 150 years, and the last 25 in particular, they've ignored modern fads and dialed in what makes a bike seat
Personal mobility is one of those 'key words' that car companies use when they're talking about future scenarios. It's effectively a marketing phrase that's been accepted into mainstream culture, and there are countless studies and projects attempting to find the best and most compelling solution. But perhaps the ultimate personal
It's interesting to see that the rim of a bicycle wheel is essentially made the same way that Jimmy DiResta made the rim of a magnifying glass in last week's Maker's Roundup. I guess there's only so many ways to turn a straight piece of metal into a circle. Beyond
I've seen this dude riding around several times, and here he starts off just a couple blocks from Core77 HQ in NYC. Every time I see him zip past I'm filled with questions: How does he get on and off? How does he get this thing up the stairs
Remember Germany's Radschnellweg? That's a 100-kilometer cycleway that, once completed, will link nearly a dozen cities. Well, we were very surprised to learn that America will be getting something similar. Similar and, in accordance with our increased landmass, a lot longer. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is currently masterminding a
Meet TwiCycle: the radical new concept bike that combines the strenuousness of hand-powered cycling with the practicality of riding a see-saw in traffic. Are you ready to play Bad Bike Design Bingo? 1. Demand What issue is the TwiCycle aiming to address? The non-issue every seasoned cyclist has joked
Never mind self-driving cars. Smart vehicles are coming... even to those of us who can't afford (or trust) a Tesla. Dutch bike company VanMoof is making a bold move into data-driven rides for the rest of us. The brand's newest release is the SmartBike, a city commuter with a
Brooklyness is hoping to make biking smarter with the Classon Helmet, and judging by their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign they're doing a decent job so far. This 21st century safety hat incorporates front and rear facing cameras, brake and turn lights, blind spot motion detection, video recording, and even navigation
Maybe it's because I just watched Fury Road for the 12th time and wish I were a desert warrior, maybe it's because summer is FINALLY here in Portland, and maybe it's because this design was a long time coming, but I want to huck around on one of these weird
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