Bike Sampa is a sustainable project in São Paulo City. You pay a one time fee of R$10 reais (around US$5) for a bike pass, then you can have 30 minute free rides, everyday, as many times you want, with 15 minute intervals from one ride to the other. The bikes are spread all over town in strategic locations, resulting in a partial solution to São Paulo’s chronic traffic problem. If you don’t have a car, it’s a great option instead of taking a cab, which is quite expensive, or the bus, which is generally packed.
Sure, they’re all ‘This is no longer a dream, with this new type of transportation, the possibilities are endless with the bikeboat!’, but the BikeBoat is still undergoing testing, which means no one has their eager hands on it yet. What it is? Well, it’s basically an amphibious vehicle tipping the scales at slightly over 60 lbs with a light aluminum frame and stainless steel hardware. On water, you can row it using the inbuilt oars like you do with a boat. On land, you can pedal forth like you do on a recumbent bike. The boat is detachable too. Could this be the new biathlon? It all seems very confusing, but marvelous.
How amazing! Turn your bike into music with this Turntable Rider by attaching it to your bike. The bike wheels become jog wheels. The handbrakes become sound pads. Download a few tracks from itunes and get your bike out of the shed.
Pure Fix Cycles has introduced a line of solar-activated bikes, Kilo, that glow in the dark. They’re energy-friendly too — every hour of daytime sun earns the bike more than an hour of night glow. These neon rides are simply beautiful.
One of the best ways to explore a city like Prague is by bike. With its cobblestoned streets, spectacular bridges and enchanting castles it’s the perfect way to get a feel for the place. We did a guided tour with the guys at Praha Bikes and had an awesome American girl Kat as our guide. Our tour took us across the Charles Bridge where Tom Cruise was filmed in Mission Impossible 4 and past David Cerny’s peeing and crawling baby sculptures.
Being born into a metal-work family, I was raised to respect and admire good craftmanship and a well built bicycle falls exactly into that category. Jordan Hufnagel is the uncrowned King of Custom Bicycle Building. His bikes are made from scratch, measured indiviually for each client, welded in his own shop, and the riders’ name is then drawn on the finished frame as well. Neat. Not exactly the cheapest option to buy a bicycle, but then again, sometimes it’s just the RIGHT option.
This is a piece of art on wheels; art you can ride. Woodbicycles are handcrafted by Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez in their San Jose shop, using urban wood sources: such as dismantled homes and buildings, and lumber from tree removals.
Downtownfrombehind is a photo blog featuring creative types (artists, models, chefs, musicians) riding their bikes around downtown New York City. The goal is to highlight those who make downtown New York what it is today.
Now occurring in seventeen venues around the world, the Bicycle Film Festival certainly has its wheels turning and is well placed to ride into the future. Apologies for the terrible cliché. Anyway, the festival runs in Melbourne from Friday, Nov 21 until Sunday, Nov 23. There are seven programs of mixed films from around the world and bicycles are the only common theme.