Inspired by water-cooler talk about a cardboard canoe, inventor and craftsman Izhar Gafni became obsessed with the idea of a cardboard bicycle. Despite a number of Gafni’s engineering buddies telling him it couldn’t be done, his enthusiasm and technical/design prowess in the field of mechanical and bio-medical engineering made it a challenge. Even though cardboard doesn’t have the structural properties required to build a usable, durable bicycle frame, he made the impossible…possible.
The whole idea behind folding bikes is that they can be made very small and unobtrusive for transit and storage. It would follow, therefore, that the smaller they can be folded down, the better. Well, Toronto’s Peter Boutakis claims that his company’s Helix bike can fold smaller than any other. It’s also got a snazzy lightweight titanium frame.
If you are a cycling enthusiast and have started a family, chances are that you will want to share your passion with your children as soon as they are old enough to climb on to the saddle of a bike. More and more families are choosing to opt for cycling vacations and with good reason. Children generally love getting out on their bikes as much as their parents do, making it an ideal option for a fun family vacation that will keep the whole family happy and healthy without exceeding the budget. Thinking of taking a cycling vacation with your kids this year, check out the following hints and tips.
A couple of years ago, Icelandic startup Lauf unveiled its lightweight Trail Racer leaf-style mountain bike suspension fork. Now, the company is introducing a fat bike version of the fork designed for bikes that definitely don’t need any extra weight.
Riding with a helmet, lights, reflectors and mirror are all good. However, after tens of thousands of miles without even having a close call with a motor vehicle, I’m no longer buying the assumption that getting hit by a car is an eventual certainty. There are many tools in my safety tool kit and today I’ll write about the single most important one: confidence.
There are a few aspects of buying a touring or any other bike of your choice, so utterly basic that they’re often lost in the quagmire of internet-based research. This is particularly the case when browsing websites for advice on features and technical specifications, rather than stopping into your local bike shop – were you will find it is lot easier to talk about the all-important intangibles of your future riding styles, than what you would ever find on the w
On Thursday, February 26, 2015, bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from throughout the state of Minnesota will once again gather in Saint Paul for the fifth annual Bike Summit on Capitol Hill to help residents of the State set the pace for the rest of the nation. If you live in Minnesota your presence is requested to educate the elected leaders of the State
As far as fatbike racing goes, Ben Doom, from Revolution Cycle & Ski, in St Cloud, Minn. is preparing as a first-timer to the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational race in Alaska. A race so tough staying warm is the most important goal to finishing this wilderness course.
Given that the design incorporates hinges and locking mechanisms, folding bikes aren’t necessarily synonymous with light weight. The new Allen Sports’ Ultra X, however, tips the scales at just 18.75 lb (8.5 kg). The carbon fiber commuter may just be the world’s lightest folding bike … or at least, the lightest one that looks relatively normal.
Many people realize once they’ve experienced a major health incident that they are eating the wrong things or leading a lifestyle that doesn’t include enough exercise. Getting into the saddle and taking up cycling is a wonderful form of exercise and can be particularly beneficial to those who have recently experienced major surgery. Here are a few hints and tips to help you, if considering cycling after a heart attack or other cardiac incident.