How cool is mainland Europe’s Northern most country? Let me tell you. They’re so cool, they started the Dogme film movement. They’re so cool, they’re 83% Lutheran. They’re so cool, they can make bikes with a stroller attachment (which are admittedly not as crave worthy a concept as say a Balenciaga bag) into something super desirable. From the country that loves biking as much as they do open rye bread sandwiches, comes the triobike.
As the name suggests, Denmark’s uber stylish triobike comprises three main functions: a carrier bike; a bike; and pushchair (that’s stroller for you guys). Which adds up to an exciting new concept in transportation, especially for parents with a penchant for cycling. Here’s what sets it apart from other kid wheeling bikes. While a regular carrier bike is great when you have kids in it, once they’ve been dropped off why pedal harder than you have to? With the triobike, you drop the kids off to daycare/school/the mine (I’m kidding), leave the front carrier there and bicycle solo onto work. The trio also gives you the flexibility of having your spouse pick up the kids, simply fitting the carrier onto their bikes or walking home with the kids in the stroller.
It may not have the horsepower of a Harley or the sex appeal of a Vespa, but Jim Stansfield’s Puch moped has an important distinction: it runs on air. Stansfield, a University of Bristol aeronautics graduate, says his moped can actually reduce pollution. “It actually fires out cleaner air,” says the 37-year-old.
The moped has a range of 7 miles and a top speed of 18 mph — which is plenty far and fast enough for getting around urban centers. As to its revolutionary power source, the Puch is pimped out with a pair of carbon-fiber air cylinders, the type “used by fire fighters as breathing apparatus in burning buildings”. These cylinders power two rotary air engines which drive the rear wheel. Unlike electric scooters which can take sometime to recharge, the air moped can be refilled from a larger cylinder in a matter of seconds. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Despite the many ingenious strides forward in harnessing solar and wind power for personal transportation, theres still no greener ride than your basic human-powered bicycle. Two wheels, a set of pedals and a place to sit is all you need to get from A to B. You don’t need a sail blowing in the breeze or photovoltaics soaking up the sun. If you can move your legs, you can travel — regardless of the weather or the rising cost of gasoline.
The chain driven bicycle has been around for almost 125 years. It existed long before the green movement and it will certainly outlive the gas/electric hybrid (and perhaps even our planet’s oil supply). How do I know this? Because there exists no other vehicular device that’s as simple to operate and has so many practical uses, from transportation to recreation to exercise. The bike keeps pedaling on as other technologies disappear in its dust. And while computers have gotten smaller (as their memories have gotten bigger), the bike has stayed relatively the same for the past hundred years. It’s classic. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s untouchable; it’s just that there’s no need to touch it. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
For those of us looking to find an excuse, any excuse, not to ride our bikes — too far, too hot, too many cars, helmet hair — spare a thought for our bicycled brethren, or “wheelmen”, of the late 1800s, who braved “rutted roads of gravel and dirt and faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians”. It’s a great opportunity to pay tribute to our two-wheeled predecessors of The League of American Bicyclists (who lobbied for paved roads, amongst other things) by partaking in Bike to Work week, running May 12-16, or for the more unfit/realistic among us, Bike to Work Day on May 16th. The Bike to Work efforts are part of The League of American Bicyclists broader Bike Month initiative. Their website offers 50 ways to inspire us all to ride bikes, ranging from the serious to, quite frankly, the rather silly. Suggestions include: riding with your child to school (good idea); planning a cycling vacation (sure); wearing spandex to your next board meeting (I think this one’s more of a deterrent); renting a classic bicycling movie (couch potatoes love the vicarious biking experience); and decorating a cake with a bicycle theme (surely this one is a cop out!). Maybe I’m being harsh. Or maybe the League just has a wicked sense of humor.
If you need more encouragement, here’re a few suggestions of my own. Riding a bike will help you: save money — with gas heading to whopping $4 a gallon, driving a car is expensive but riding a bike is free; lose weight — downing a caramel latte and a muffin on your morning motor vehicle commute adds calories, whereas a 30 minute bike ride burns 150 calories or more; and finally, saving the environment — forget your age or your shoe size, your carbon footprint is the figure du jour, and as peddle power generates no carbon emissions, you can feel good about planetary well-being.
As for me, I thankfully have an excuse. I’m working from home next week. True story.
Call me traditional if you must, but I don’t get this new wave of non-cars coming out in both concept and production form. If you need to get from point A to point B and you want to do so in something small and zippy, buy a motorcycle. Or a scooter. Or even a bicycle. And if you’re not comfortable with a two-wheeler, get a car.
But to fork out over 12 grand for a three-wheeler that doesn’t even look safe to drive? Come on. Introducing the Sidam Xnovo.
Venture Vehicles plans to initially offer two propulsion packages for the VentureOne: the hybrid E50 and Q100, and all-electric Venture EV model. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) will range from $18,000 for the E50, to $23,000 for the all-electric EV model with a wide range of accessories available for each. A Must See is the Carver in Action in a series of videos on the Venture Vehicles site, here is a direct link.
All three classes will incorporate the patented Dynamic Vehicle Control system, or DVC, developed by Carver Engineering, which allows the vehicle to tilt up to 45 side-to-side at a rate of 85 per second. For nearly thirteen years Carver Engineering B.V., a Netherlands-based engineering firm, has been developing Dynamic Vehicle Control, or DVC, technology in order to enable a new class of tilting three-wheeled vehicles. Originally conceived in 1994, DVC technology has gone through 18 different generations, and is now essentially perfected.
Carver Engineering was faced with the challenge of designing a slender vehicle that would not fall over, as most slim vehicles were prone. Their solution was to make the vehicle do what two-wheeled vehicles did, tilt when cornering.
Did you watch Transformers and feel left out of the action? Now you can do your own transforming with the Scorpion FX Folding Bike. Heck, you can even go ahead and refer to yourself as “Scorpion” if you’re really getting into character.
Let’s set the scene: You’re commuting to work in your Smart micro car. You see nothing but gridlock in front for miles on end. You see a sign that says “Park and Ride”. You park. You say, “Scorpion: Transform!” And 60 seconds later, without the use of tools or CG, you unfold your Scorpion FX Folding Bike, throw on your spandex, and wham! You’re not just parking, you’re riding.
Especially designed to fold up into the boot (that’s Euro for trunk) of a Smart micro car, the Scorpion is great not just for parking and riding, but also for parking your Scorpion under your desk for the day. The Scorpion is geared for long distance cyclists, employing the most sophisticated of components, including air-chamber rear shocks with adjustable hydraulic damping, a super-plush BodyLink seat, and a drivetrain almost completely covered, so you don’t even have to wear the spandex to assure your pants are clean when you get to work. (Though what self-respecting person calling himself “Scorpion” doesn’t wear spandex?)
Wish you could get around town without taking a gas guzzling car or the bus? Well, Roth Motors has a really cool solution. With the look of a scooter, Roth has designed the Motorboard for urban travel. The 2000XR base model weighs only 16 pounds and has a 6-mile range with top speeds of 15 mph, thus making the Roth Motorboard a powerful personal transportation device. (Extended range battery upgrades are an option, which add only ounces to the weight of the board and provide up to a 20-mile range.)
The design of the Motorboard is unique and clever; the scooter uses the world’s most advanced nanotechnology battery cells from A123 systems (essentially the Gucci of batteries). They’re not only incredibly powerful, they’re also the safest lithium batteries around. Charge time is a little under two hours. The best part of it is, if you’re Motorboarding about and you run out of juice, the Motorboard can be kick-scooted until you get to where you can plug in your battery for re-charging.
Okay, we’ve all felt the L.A. rage that happens when you round a corner or enter the freeway only to be met with gridlocked traffic. We’ve all wished we could see the other end of the city through the smog on a seemingly clear day. And over the last year, we’ve all been downright pissed off every time we pump half a day’s paycheck into our gas tanks in order to “buy in” to these problems.
I’d finally had enough. It was literally driving me mad to commute back and forth to work and my few favorite hobbies – all of which are fairly local – in my gasoline car. Even if it is a lovely, fuel efficient Subaru.
It all came to a head. I had to make a change. I wanted to become more “G”.