I am a catholic, likely not as devout as most, but nonetheless I feel I am blaspheming and certifying my place in hell by writing this article, but at least I can say I am not the one who made the bike. So there was this guy, he was pretty big in, the world, his name was Pope John Paul the Second (II).
He was a pretty great guy, at least as far as most Catholics were concerned. Anyways, OCC, the guys famous for their hit TV show and their amazing theme bikes have gone and made a bike in his memory. I have dubbed it the Pope Bike 2k7, I have no idea what they are calling it.
Coming straight from the folks who brought you the Ariel Atom 2 is their latest addition to the product line, the Enertia. This motorcycle is all electric, has a top speed of 50MPH, a max range of 45 miles @ 25mph and weighs a mere 275 pounds.
If you thought propellers were just for old planes and geeky hats, then you might want to think again. Take one MIT student, Damon Vander Lind, one three-wheeler made from chromemoly tubing and one bloody large propeller and strap them all together to make an eco-friendly fan-propelled and pedal-powered trike.
Toward the end of last month there was a very special 25th birthday: on the 23rd April 1982 the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was launched on an unsuspecting British public. Here in the UK Sir Clive, the founder of Sinclair, became something of a figure of fun after the failure of his C5 personal transportation machine (a swish name for an electrically-assisted recumbent tricycle), a 1985 effort to tackle urban transport, and few are aware that his research - and the marketed results of it - continues to this day. A chance link from a ZX feature led me to Mayhem UK, official distributors of the latest Sinclair product, the folding A-Bike.
It's been quite a few years since I've rode a bike, and any desire to do so now would be complicated by not actually having one any more. The cash-injected biking industry does me no favours when it comes to choosing one, either, with all manner of complicated variations in gears, brakes and chassis; stepping into a specialist bike shop is about as scary as browsing a designer clothes store, under the disapproving and contemptuous gaze of the assistants.
Gear manufacturer Shimano has obviously decided to cash in on that eco-concerned but bike-ignorant market sector, and the Coasting system is their first strike. Basically a three-speed automatic transmission for a bike, it takes all the complicated "first you flick this lever, then that one, but never stop pedalling while you do it!" madness out of the whole business.