Three people hit by bikes, two of them fatally, over a five-year-span might not sound like much. But any death that would have been preventable with better design is a tragedy. At Ipley Cross in the UK, the intersection of Beaulieu Road and Dibden Bottom has yielded surprisingly consistent car-bicycle
That's the CoBi, or Conference Bicycle, a three-wheeler that can accommodate seven riders. Artist Eric Staller invented it some years ago, and Google has nine of them on their campus, which they use for team-building exercises and group jaunts: Apparently some
This bicycle shackled to a signpost on Crosby Street seems to be owned by a creative cyclist. It has been brutally cold lately here in NYC, and the rider has fashioned insulated hand-shields for the handlebars. It's not uncommon to see local delivery people hack something like this up, but
Bandit9 is a bespoke motorcycle design/build firm that makes no bones about where their inspiration comes from: "Sci-fi films and comics," the company writes. Take a look at their latest creation, the Odyssey: Bandit9 brings you to the edge of motorcycle design. By bending time, space and reality. To explore
2017 has without a doubt been an important year for all transportation industries. From out of this world concept cars seen at the Tokyo Motor Show to IKEA's flat-pack, modular bike, here are our ten favorite transportation stories of the year:
It's happened to every cyclist: You're minding your own business, cycling down public roads, when someone swerves way too close to you, maybe gives you some lip. What would you like to do to them? This Italian cyclist knew exactly what he'd like to do to them, and equipped his
The no-compromise, aerodynamic design of the Fuji Transonic is the culmination of Anvil’s years of experience in designing aerodynamic and performance carbon fiber bicycles with Advanced Sports International. The Transonic design uses sharp-surface transitions to accentuate dramatic highlights and shadows across the frame. Crisp edges on the front and rear triangles of the bike create a negative space that emphasizes both speed and motion. Additionally the front and rear brakes are integrated in
Australia is plagued with a unique danger to cyclists: Magpies. It sounds like a joke, but these fiercely territorial birds will patrol the area around their nest, and if a cyclist happens to pass, the bird will swoop down and relentlessly attack the cyclist's helmet. Here's an example: While the
Here's another "transferring the design language of X onto Y" series of fanciful renderings. The anonymous designer behind these took the venerable Vespa scooter and attempted to graft it with classical motorcycle archetypes. 1. Chopper 2. Sport Bike 3. Touring Bike 4. Dirt Bike 5. Café Racer 6. Light
Citi Bike, NYC's bike sharing program, is a rousing success. Last year riders took 14 million trips. Each day more than 38,000 trips are taken, meaning less bodies clogging our overtaxed mass transit system. Remarkably, there has only been one Citi-Bike-related death in the program's entire four years. (In contrast,
BioLite may be an American company, but their workforce would be at home in Holland: More than half of the company's employees commute to work by bicycle. Thus they've created the BioLite Cyclist Light Kit, a diminutive and handy accessory that they're now selling in a 2-pack: I'm digging that
The KtraK rear-drive kit is a universal attachment that replaces the rear wheel of a mountain bike with a track drive system. The proprietary track design creates traction on previously “un-ridable” surfaces such as snow and sand, providing almost 25 times the traction and flotation of the average mountain bike wheel.
The VOLTA is a compact “20/20” electric bike for inner city use. The bike is light-weight and clean, and offers everything for a practical and cool urban commute. In the design, we have been looking for a clean and readable expression. To achieve this, we have created a visual break-up between the core frame (which also holds the batteries) and the “extremities”: the handlebar/basket unit on the front and the universal accessory holder on the back.
What would it take to make bamboo bicycles more exciting? Lance Rake thinks a wickery weave could change bike design for the better. Rake is an industrial designer and researcher at the University of Kansas who has been exploring bamboo materials for years. His aim is finding new structural options for the
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.
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