The world’s "most compact folding bike" fits in your carry-on luggage

January 16, 2017 by  
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Imagine a bike that folds down so small you can take it on an airplane in your carry-on luggage. It exists – and it’s called the Kwiggle . The sleek, city-ready vehicle designed by German engineer Karsten Bettin can be folded up and stowed under a subway seat, in a car trunk, or even in an airplane’s overhead compartment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6My3Xd40YI4 The Kwiggle is the “most compact folding bike in the world,” according to the company . The unique vehicle allows riders to speed through cities upright, and it can be folded in a snappy 10 seconds. The bike weighs in at about 19 pounds, and it can hit a top speed of nearly 20 miles per hour. And it folds up small enough to fit into a 55 by 40 by 25 centimeter carry-on bag, or a 1.8 by 1.3 by 0.8 foot carry-on. Related: World’s lightest folding bike weighs less than a watermelon A wrought alloy bike frame makes the Kwiggle stable and tough, and its aluminum wheels are highly corrosion resistant. An adjustable seat allows riders from 4’6 to 6’2 to ride the Kwiggle with ease. The upright riding position has other benefits beyond a higher point of view. According to the company, orthopedic specialists love the Kwiggle. The bike “uniquely supports the mobility of the back and prevents tension in the should and neck area,” the company says on their website . That makes the bike not only a perfect fit for swift urban travel, but for exercising as well. Bettin has developed the Kwiggle over seven years, and he’s now selling the bike on Kickstarter . Backers can snag a one-speed Kwiggle for 1,240 Euros, or around $1,315. Two-speed Kwiggles start at 1,340 Euros or about $1,421. You can check out the campaign here . + Kwiggle Via Treehugger Images via Kwiggle Facebook and screenshot

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18 Tech-tastic Green Gadget Gifts

November 28, 2016 by  
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With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there’s really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones’ wider interests lie in music, photography, gardening or cycling, we’ve got you covered for green gadget gift ideas for the upcoming season. From a reusable cardboard smartphone amplifier at just $10 — perfect for the office Secret Santa or hard-to-buy-for teenagers — to a splurge on an electric bicycle that will knock somebody’s socks off, there’s something on the list for every budget too. Click through to see them all. GREEN GIFTS FOR GADGET GEEKS >

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Tempus launches stylish e-bikes modeled after vintage caf racers

October 14, 2016 by  
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With an aircraft-grade steel frame, leather saddle, and low-slung handlebars, the CR-T1 captures the vintage style perfectly. There’s just one small difference between the e-bike and the motorcycle that inspired it – the “gas tank” on the bike actually houses the electronics that control its 1 kilowatt motor and 48V lithium ion battery. The battery, naturally, can be plugged in and recharged, which takes about four hours. An LCD screen on the handlebars tracks both the speed of the bike and the amount of power left in the battery. Though the bike may look like a racing vehicle, it’s capped at just 20 miles per hour – which is legally required in the US for a vehicle to be classified as an e-bike. (Anything faster requires a driver’s license and insurance.) However, there is a speed override that will allow riders to go up to 30 mph for a trip around a local track. The battery has a range of about 24 miles – however, if the battery dies, it can simply be pedaled like a normal bike, so there’s no need to worry about being stranded. Related: Swap-in wheel converts any bike into an electric within 60 seconds Retailing at $3,000, the bike may be out of reach for some.  However, those who have the funds will also receive a matching vintage-style helmet, and Tempus plans to also offer a rack to allow riders to carry items with them on trips. The company is currently taking orders for Spring 2017 production, with bikes expected to arrive in September 2017. + Tempus Electric Bikes

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Why House Hunting By Bike Has Real Curb Appeal

August 5, 2016 by  
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I bought my first house during an incredibly hot real estate market. If we wanted something, we had to decide now because if we waited it would get snapped up quickly by someone else. I remember house hunting and walking inside my new home for the…

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Pow! Seattle’s Dark Knight rescues stolen bikes

March 21, 2016 by  
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He’s the hero cyclists need and the hero they deserve. Bike Batman roams the streets of Seattle , Gotham of the Pacific Northwest , in search of bike thieves to confront and stolen bicycles to return. This vigilante does not wear a mask to hide his identity, though he officially remains anonymous as he performs his sacred duty to “reunite people with their bikes.” The Jokers of King County, beware; Bike Batman and those he protects will have the last laugh. An engineer by day, Bike Batman has tracked down and returned 22 bicycles in Seattle in the year since he began his superhero career. “It feels really good to be able to reunite people with their bikes,” says the Dark Knight on Wheels. “There are people that it means so much to. This hunk of steel and paint is worth much more than the price tag.” The Emerald City is in need of his services. The Seattle Police Department received 1,561 reports of bike thefts in 2015, a rate double that of 2010. “If you try to get cops involved, nine times out of 10, they just aren’t available to help,” says Bryan Hance, co-founder of Bike Index , an online bike registration database which allows cyclists to report if their bike is stolen. Related: Brilliant self-filling water bottle pulls moisture from the air while you hike or bike Bike Batman uses Bike Index to cross reference suspicious bikes for sale on Craigslist, then arranges a meeting with the suspected bike thief. To ensure safety, he usually informs the police of his actions. Like Commissioner Gordon’s team in Gotham, the Seattle Police complement Bike Batman’s work. In more than half of the successful attempts to retrieve a stolen bike, the culprit has been arrested by the police. As exciting as his work is, Bike Batman maintains important differences from his namesake. “I’m not out fighting crime and punching people,” he says. “I’m telling people: this is not yours.” Via the Guardian Images via Greg Beach, Bat-Blog , and Flickr/Tiffany Von Arnim

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Buy one of these bikes, and a schoolgirl in Ghana gets one too

March 3, 2016 by  
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Brilliant self-filling water bottle pulls moisture from thin air while you hike or bike

January 28, 2016 by  
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Fontus has designed a clever way for cyclists and hikers to stay hydrated in the great outdoors. The company has developed a self-filling water bottle that pulls moisture from the air – so you never have to worry about refills ever again. The solar-powered technology harvests water using a Peltier Element – a two-chambered cooler designed to encourage condensation. As air moves through the upper chamber, it is slowed by several barriers. The decrease in airflow speed allows for the release of water molecules, which are pulled from the air and then stored in a bottle. Read the rest of Brilliant self-filling water bottle pulls moisture from thin air while you hike or bike

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New study finds that electric bikes could be the answer to getting more people to bike commute

June 15, 2015 by  
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Even though the benefits of cycle commuting are well known, actually getting organized enough to do it can be a pain. You have to plan, carry extra gear, and often need to shower and change when you arrive at work. According to a new Norwegian study , these are a few of the main barriers keeping people from using bikes as a regular form of transportation. Electric bikes remove many of these barriers, the study found, allowing people to cycle in their normal work clothes without getting sweaty. Participants in the study cycled twice as many trips and twice as far when give unlimited access to an e-bike. Read the rest of New study finds that electric bikes could be the answer to getting more people to bike commute Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle infrastructure , bicycles , bike , bike commuting , bike commuting study , cycling Norway , e-bikes , eBikes , electric bicycles , electrical bikes , green transportation , norway

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LEAFXPRO is the world’s first umbrella for your bike

February 18, 2015 by  
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Not being able to use your bike because of bad weather shouldn’t force you to fall back on transportation that’s harmful for the environment. LEAFXPRO is a flexible umbrella that’s easily installed on any bike and provides a versatile, comfortable solution for those rainy days. Because of it’s aerodynamics, using the LEAFXPRO makes the bicycle more predictable and comfortable under rain and when affected by winds. Each kit is modular so it can fit your specific needs and an aerodynamic channel pulls water away from your body, keeping you clean and dry. Early birds will be able to pre-order one for £99 on Kickstarter + LEAFXPRO on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle umbrella , bike umbrella , biking in the rain , first bike umbrella , kickstarter projects , LEAFXPRO , LEAFXPRO bike umbrella , LEAFXPRO Kickstarter , riding in bad weather

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MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

February 3, 2015 by  
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Lucky students at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa recently learned how to build a DIY solar-powered bicycle repair station as part of a class project. The class, which was led by instructor Rich Dana, installed the low-cost project next to the college’s new Sustainable Living Building. Modeled after the popular Dero “Fixit” bike stations , this DIY version was made from salvaged materials and is equipped with a few extra add-ons, such as the solar-powered compressor, work light, and USB charger. You can read more about the building process on Rich Dana’s blog . + Maharishi University of Management The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bike , bike repair , bike repair station , bikes , Dero , DIY bike repair station , Maharishi University of Management , MUM , reader submitted content , Solar Power , Sustainable Living Building

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