"What happens when a bunch of creative (and somewhat lazy) engineers get together to solve the pain of tire changes?" writes Norway-based bike accessories outfit reTyre. "They add zippers, file for a patent and remove the need for tire changes completely." We'll place this in the category of Design
If I miss one thing about New York City, it's being able to hop on a bicycle to run a quick errand. What I don't miss are city buses roaring past you, uncomfortably close, while you eyeball the gigantic rolling tires that could crush you like a tin can. In
Over the last two years, we've witnessed a seachange in motorcycle instrument clusters as OEMs move from physical dials and simple LCD displays to Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD displays. These screens, while not new technology, are new to motorcycles and allow manufacturers to utilize every pixel, color range and
It's been six years since entrepreneur Emily Brooke launched the Blaze, a bicycle-mounted laser projection safety system that she designed while still a student. In the time since she's turned its success into Beryl, a 30-person company based in London. Technology moves fast in six years, and now Beryl
The Mobike E-bike is a clean-looking, lightweight, comfortable E-bike that uses both hybrid power and full electric drive. The moped-like full electric drive will allow an easy transition for people with moped experience rather than cycling experience. The E-bike offers a 70km range and a top speed of 20km/h. The E-bike addresses rides up to 5km, whereas traditional bikes are commonly used for only 3km.
We've dedicated a fair amount of pixels to how custom bike frames and fancy parts like aluminum wheels and seats are made. But what about workaday, average steel bicycle frames? Take a look at how rides for the 95% are fabricated, and check out the welder's jig-up in particular:
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.
A buddy of mine used to work for the MTA, and he had a special Metrocard for MTA employees that was in a different color. It was so cool, like a talisman that only behind-the-scenes folks were awarded. Now there's something similar for Citibike's assisters. To redistribute bikes around the
The last time we heard from British bike-rack makers back in 2016 we were in two minds as to whether their super light-weight, easy-fit, carbon-frame pannier system was an ingenious innovation or an answer to a problem that shouldn't need solving—should we really be carrying luggage on lightweight bikes not
When Trek released the 2016 Madone they dubbed it "the ultimate race bike". Yet as soon as that bike hit the streets, the design and engineering teams got to work on topping their efforts in the development of its successor. The 2019 Madone is available in both disc-brake and
Design is intended to solve problems. And the original hope of industrial design, as promulgated by ID granddaddy Raymond Loewy, was that it would make mass-produced items beautiful, useful, and more economical to produce. But too often modern-day design goes astray, pursuing just one of the aforementioned qualities at the
Take a trip to virtually any region of Japan and you'll see plenty of mamachari; translated as "mom's bike," mamachari are no-frills utility bicycles with a handy basket used as grocery getters, kiddie haulers and commuter vehicles. The Cero One is a cargo bike that takes its inspiration from the
Better functionality, less hassle and intelligent design characterize the Vya, a series of smart bike lights by Light & Motion. They offer both a headlight and taillight, both of which can be charged wirelessly. Popping the lights in or out of the mounts is done with a simple quarter turn.
In conjunction with the University of Colorado's Mechanical Engineering Department, bicycle parts manufacturer CeramicSpeed has launched an ambitious initiative: To produce a bicycle with no chain nor derailleur. At this year's Eurobike show they unveiled Driven, a 13-speed "prototype" ("concept bike" would be more accurate, as the thing doesn't
Is there a better way to see a country than by bicycle? A Belgian expat and cycling enthusiast named Carl, now relocated to Germany, just wrapped up an 80-day trip through all 16 of Germany's states. He filmed his journey and compressed those 80 days down into 80 seconds:
Apartment-dwelling cyclists: How and where do you store your bike? I'm a Citibike user so have never had to deal with storage. If I did, I think I'd go with an overhead bike hoist; as narrow as bicycles are, they seem to take up a disproportionate amount of floor
I'll shortly be moving out of New York City, and one of the things I'll miss the most is Citibike. I love being able to run quick errands while getting a little exercise; at the supermarket I buy only a few things at a time and go several times a
The most dashing thing I'd ever read about Raymond Loewy is that he used to commute, from his manse in Long Island to Manhattan, via speedboat. "…Often with a stiff cocktail in one hand," if memory serves. Tom Lutz isn't Raymond Loewy, but the Google engineer also commutes to Manhattan
When I hear "3D-printed bike from Silicon Valley" I start to roll my eyes, but this company is actually onto something. Arevo is a start-up that has figured out how to simplify and re-size, rather inexpensively, the carbon fiber manufacturing process. Typically, carbon fiber is difficult and expensive to
Utrecht's central railway Station already has two bicycle parking facilities but, given high demand, they've just opened a third. As the Dutch are wont to do, they wrung usable space out of an unlikely site, in this case a skinny, long patch of land right next to the tracks. With
Good design takes people's natural behavior into account, rather than forcing unnatural solutions on them. In this example from Amsterdam, we see the importance of observing that behavior and working with it to solve a problem. The problem is that cycling in Amsterdam has increased by 40% over the last
You have to see this thing in action, it beggars belief: Sadly I could find no information on the bike and its inventor. Watching the video, I can't even discern how the heck he makes it go up and down. If any of you have any inkling, let's hear
On Elizabeth Street I passed these two bicycles and one moped shackled to a bike rack. The silver bike has had its seat stolen. The rust on the chain suggests the owner subsequently declined to retrieve his or her bike. The bike lock drew my eye. Why would someone do
If it weren't for those pesky pedals and handlebars--you know, the means by which you actually drive and steer--a bicycle, narrow as it is, might be a relatively easy thing to store. This thought has occurred to industrial designer Trevor Heder, who then tackled the wider of the two problems,
If I could do all of my shopping on a Citibike I would, but the last bulky, heavy thing (an airbed and compressor)I tried carrying in the front basket was a near disaster. If only they offered cargo bike options. French company Yuba Bikes has just rolled out their first
This may be one of the coolest vehicles I've ever seen. The BiSki, which looks like a fat motorcycle, can transition to water and turn into a jet-ski, nearly seamlessly: Designed by Michigan-based Gibbs Sports Amphibians, the BiSki can do 80 m.p.h. on land and 37 m.p.h. in the drink.
The bikes on display at the 2018 North American Hand Made Bike Show, recently completed in Hartford, CT, are inspirational works of art, beautifully constructed and painted, ready to hit the road or trail. As a life-long biker, I've been to many rides and festivals that feature a few booths
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
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