Bike

Alfa cardboard bike set for full production

Alfa cardboard bike set for full production

This month an inventor by the name of Izhar Gafni has shown off his "Alfa" bicycle made of cardboard, one he says has the potential to change transportation as we know it. This vehicle is heading to mass production in just a few months and has been demonstrated by the inventor on several occasions. After four years - or so he says - of working on negating the weak points in the structure of traditional cardboard, Gafni says he's done it, and it's time to ride paper around the city.

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‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

‘Akira’ bike taking a road trip across Japan

If there’s one thing that can be universally agreed in geekdom, it’s that the bike from Akira is pretty damn cool. There have been various real life replicas of the bike built across the years, but only one has been officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. It was built by Shinji Tejima at the Showa Studio repair shop, taking him seven years, and at an overall cost of ¥10 million (~$121,310).

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Gotham Bicycle Defense Defender creates thief-proof bike light

Gotham Bicycle Defense Defender creates thief-proof bike light

City cyclist rejoice, there's a brand new lamp in town - one made with six high-powered LED bulbs, an aluminum body, and a construction that'll make it impossible to be stolen by thieves. The idea for this light came from its developer's colleague getting hit by a car at night after his lamp had been stolen. The developers of The Defender are former MIT students Slava Menn and Brad Geswein saw the problem and surveyed over 100 bikers around NYC, over a third of them confirming that yes, they'd had a bike light stolen at some point or another. From there, these two fellows created a business called Gotham Bicycle Defense.

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Ben Heck builds bicycle safety sensor

Ben Heck builds bicycle safety sensor

Ben Heck made his name crafting some really cool game consoles that were packed into portable from factors. Since his show kicked off on element 14, Heck has created some stuff that we are used to seeing from him like portable Xboxs, but he has also branched out into some odd projects like the automatic hand sanitizer dispenser. Heck's latest DIY creating is out of the realm of what he is famous for.

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PumpTire keeps inflated all by itself

PumpTire keeps inflated all by itself

Both of my kids have bikes that they ride regularly. The problem is if either of them goes a day or so without riding the bikes the tires are flat. For some reason the bike pump is a very elusive item at my house so getting tires filled up is a pain for me. A new design concept is up to get funding on Kickstarter looking to bring new tires for bikes to market called the PumpTire. These tires will never need to be pumped according to the designers.

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Garmin Vector and Edge 200 target cyclists rich and poor [Video]

Garmin Vector and Edge 200 target cyclists rich and poor [Video]

Garmin has launched a pair of new tracking gadgets targeted at cyclists, with the Edge 200 Cycling GPS offering to track your progress on a budget, while the Garmin Vector promises to be the lightest direct measurement power meter on the market. The Edge 200 demands no separate sensors but can still count calories burned, speed, distance and time along with location, and comes wrapped up in a weatherproof housing. However, pro-cyclists will probably get a lot more fun out of the Vector, which measures deflection in the pedal spindle to figure out total power, left and right leg power, and cadence.

 

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INgSOC Hybrid bike has no chain, looks painful

INgSOC Hybrid bike has no chain, looks painful

If Bumblebee was ever in a pinch and needed to turn into a bicycle to hide from the Decipticons, the INgSOC is the bike he would turn into. This thing looks like it might cut your rear end off if you sit on it. The bike uses no chain and has three modes of operation. The bike has battery-power mode, battery assist mode, and battery charge mode.

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Epitaph bike looks like Orville and Wilbur made it

Epitaph bike looks like Orville and Wilbur made it

The last crazy looking bike I talked about was that wooden bike made out of black walnut wood. It was a work of art as much as a method of transport. Another new bike has turned up that looks very old school. It looks like something that the Wright brothers might have torn the wheels off to make their first airplane. The bike is called the Epitaph Cruiser.

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