We’ve been to the moon and back, can harvest the power of the atomic nucleus, and hope to unlock the secrets of the universe, but surprisingly, there is little we know of how a two-wheeled bike manages to stay in balance. Scratch the last one off the lists, scientists now know the secret to balance. Scientists dabbled in multiple theories, wondering why it was only human intervention that could keep a two wheeler going. Researchers at Cornell University finally created a bike with carefully calibrated mass distribution that can move on happily at speeds of up to 5 mph, finally giving scientists insights into how bikes manage stability and balance. Checkout the videos at Physorg for insights into the study.
Kevin Cyr‘s pedal powered recreational vehicle would be fit for camping, if you could manage navigating the poorly laid camping roads while pedaling a three-wheeler that carries a tiny home. But why worry when you can simply stop the RV wherever you want and call it a day. Cyr’s Camper Bike is a standalone sculptural piece not destined for production.
Lock or no lock, bikes are easy target for thieves. This lock, with its skateboard wheels could be a deterrent to would-be thieves. The user needs to wrap the lock around a pole, and engage it; the lock’s metal frame, skateboard wheels and the electric motor then take over the job. As soon as the remote control is pushed, the lock hoists the bike up a pole, taking it out of the reach of potential wrongdoers. Clearly, it isn’t a pragmatic solution, but a creative one and worth watching anyway.
At the Cologne Bike Show, Yamaha unveiled its VMax concept bike. The one-off motorcycle was created in collaboration with fashion house Hermes. The idea was to “Reinforce the sculptural lines of this unique object and underline its emotional power.” Hermes draped the bike in leather, covering every non-mechanical part of the bike in Skipper buffalo leather. Brushed aluminium mirrors, meter case and exhaust gave the finishing touches. With all that leather and craftsmanship gone into its creation, the bike had a cost of $32000. Yamaha and Hermes do not intend to create a prodcution version, and this will remain a one-off bike.
Driving to the grocery store, walking to the grocery store, pushing the shopping cart, carrying the bags to the car, driving back. Whoa people, that’s a whole lot of work right there, but have no fear because the world will be saved by the Ville shopping cart bike. The ingenious idea of mating a shopping cart and a bike comes from designer Hyuk Jae Chang and was the winner of a bronze at the Idea design awards.
Hammarhead Motorcycles have been created to look back at the form of the 1950s. These hand-built, rugged bikes have been carefully crafted to give them the look of bikes from the 1950s. Three models are available, the Woodsman, Jack Pine and Volta, with prices ranging from $9,500 to $18,500.