February 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Funny fixie stuff.
thanks to emily.
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January 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Ok so this is pretty cool. A friend of mine turned me on to this while we were kicking it in Tahoe this past weekend. Fatherhood-tinted glasses will change the way you look at the world. In this case, we were discussing the various ways to use bicycles that don’t involve going downhill fast. As in my previous posts, I touched on the simple Bamboo Bike and then the uber versatile Yuba cargo bikes. I was discussing these with him and everytime I mentioned something, he would trump me with something cooler.
Yes he had an Xtracycle (another brand of cargo bike that has the FreeRadical that attaches to an existing bike) but he lives at the top of a steep hill in Boulder. The cargo-style bikes are good for a lot of things. However loading up with milk and rice for the family and hoofing it up a 24% grade is not one of them. Enter the Bionx electric assist.
I’ve seen motors on bikes and motorbikes. But this one is cool…. It’s ELECTRIC. That means it’s QUIET…
The other cool thing about it is the regenerative aspect. You can put power back into it. You can turn gravity into electricity. It will slow you on high speed descents. Pretty cool, huh?
He had to cut spokes and rethread his rear wheel. But I gotta give it to him. He’s taken a couple of new technologies and created a bike that works for him. As a civil engineer working on transportation projects in Boulder, Colorado, he is setting a standard for his constituents and an example for the city’s residents. Nice work.
What does it cost? There are currently several models for kits. The differences being High-Speed, High Torque and Light Weight. Between $1890 and $2195 will get you into this. Or you can get crafty and get a setup on eBay or Craigslist. You can also choose to purchase a whole bike outfitted with the Bionx set up. I saw some renditions here.
Now I want one, too.
January 25, 2011 Leave a comment
I was driving down the street sometime in late 2010 when I saw this guy and his friend riding on some sort of bike looking contraption. At first I am thinking that this is another one of those San Francisco bike rental gimmick things like those stupid Go Car scooters. Then when I got a closer look, I see that these people are actually working hard on this thing.
So I take a quick video and photo with my new iPhone 4, which has a bitchin’ camera and video. So I can look into it later. Which I do. Now here is the info I found out:
It’s called the ElliptiGO.
YES – You stand on it. You don’t sit.
YES – it’s like an elliptical machine at the gym. It’s more like a running and climbing motion than cycling. So it’s low impact, outdoors fun.
YES – it can do what most bikes do.
YES – it has brakes.
YES – you can coast.
They put this bike up to the challenge when they did the Death Ride near Lake Tahoe in California. It stayed in the game with most bike riders. While it wasn’t out to win the race, they sure proved that it can stand up to most riding conditions and similar endurance distances.
YES – it has gears. Eight of them on a Shimano Alfine internal hub system.
YES – it is expensive. $2,499 will get you going on this interesting machine.
If you’re not into riding and really like running but can’t take the impact, this is nice alternative to staring into a screen at the local 24-Hour Fitness. I guess if I’d spend that much on a bike but wasn’t buying the bike and I really liked running I would get this. As with anything, a few more revs won’t hurt. The product is relatively young. The first was built in 2007. Keep an eye on this as another way of getting around that’s cooler than a Segway.
January 21, 2011 1 Comment
A friend of mine started this company and product. It seems inevitable that as bikes become mainstream (in America) that more different types of bicycles continue to be developed and experimented with.
Yuba makes a cargo bike in a single frame. They are made locally (to me) in Sausalito, CA. I love the idea of the cargo bike for many reasons. The obvious ones are the use of transporting groceries and sundry items without the use of the car. It also acts a pickup in the sense that you are not restricted to height or length as you would be in the trunk of a car (don’t go there SUV, 17 mpg).
But the less than obvious benefits are the ability to transport the family around with all that equipment. Time together with your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend and of course all the kids. As places like San Francisco become more bicycle friendly, products like this will be even more high profile.
Don’t be surprised when you see surfboards, kayaks or whole families on one pedal-pushed vehicle.
Go see more about what Yuba is up to at http://www.yubaride.com/
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January 10, 2011 1 Comment
This is a cool organization and it looks like a fun activity. You can build your own single-speed in their workshop. And it is literally made of bamboo.
There are workshops in Brooklyn and San Francisco.
They range from about $600 without components or about $900 for a complete bike.