Make your own bike with OpenBike’s downloadable files

December 3, 2021 by  
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What’s not to love about open-source printing instructions for the Arquimaña OpenBike ? Their new design has greater stability and rigidity, is shared under a creative commons license and you can make it yourself. The bike is half traditional bike parts, half wood construction. You can assemble and disassemble the bike yourself and customize it to your liking, which the designers say was key to their philosophy of independence and avoiding static design. The OpenBike is built with the idea of modern digital craftsmanship at the forefront. It’s a digitally-manufactured wood bike frame you assemble with traditional wheels and pedals. You can attach a traditional bike seat or use the flat wood seat that comes with the design. Related: Kalk anti-poaching e-bikes join the battle in the African bush “OpenBike is a manifesto about urban transport , distributed manufacturing, shared knowledge, the community and the responsible use of resources, which makes available to anyone the methods for the manufacture of a non-polluting means of urban transport: the bicycle,” said Arquimaña. Arquimaña is a design and architecture studio founded by Inaki Albistur and Raquel Marieta Ares in Donostia in the Basque Country of northern Spain . “We believe in an architecture that is not static, that adapts and interacts with the user and that technology is a tool to make us more free and self-sufficient,” the designers explained their philosophy. It’s a simple design, but the OpenBike and other studio projects are turning heads. In 2017, the Arquimaña Studio was a finalist for the Peña Ganchegui Awards for Young Basque Architecture and, in 2018, three Arquimaña projects — Openbike, Invernaderos de Promoción and RadioPlaza — were listed by Arquia / Próxima. Openbike was a finalist in the festival Arquia / Proxima 2018: Relevant Practices. The Arquimaña Lahu chair was the winner of the Product Design category at the Egurtek 2020 Awards. Arquimaña been selected to be part of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 and the Thematic & Cities exhibition at the Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennial SBAU 2021. + Arquimaña Images via Arquimaña

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This university student built her own wooden e-bike, Electraply

August 30, 2021 by  
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The e-bike industry is exploding around the world as people adopt the idea of an environmentally-friendly alternative for the daily commute and a way to enjoy the outdoors. Creative minds are introducing e-bike innovations such as energy generation from tire rotation and creative new body styles. Evie Bee, a woodworker, model maker and university student, has melded her passions into a unique and beautiful wooden e-bike she calls Electraply. Bee says, “The design of the bike was inspired by my love for the cafe racer and scrambler motorcycles of the past (the Great Escape anyone?) and the desire to honour and continue this iconic design through a modern interpretation.” She goes on to explain she has a “passion for sustainable design and combining modern manufacturing methods with traditional construction techniques.” Related: Blix Packa, the electric bike that wants to replace your car Electraply is composed predominantly of layers of sustainably sourced poplar ply, which is the inspiration for the name. The outer layers include birch  wood  as well. Bee also incorporates stainless steel into areas where extra strength is needed.  The use of wood for the frame threatened to make the bike too heavy, but Bee told Inhabitat, “It’s around 30kg with battery and motor. I tried to make it so it would weigh no more than an ordinary fat tyre ebike and they range from around 25/35kg. Poplar ply was used for the central frame to keep the weight down while birch ply for the outer frame pieces for strength.” For the original bike, Bee salvaged the forks from an old jump bike. The decision resulted in the use of V-brakes in the design because the forks wouldn’t work in conjunction with disk brakes. She says it’s not ideal but works for now, admitting, “the forks shall certainly be the first thing I upgrade once I have the money. It will certainly be a necessity if the design is commercialised.” There are safety features to counterbalance the system; the front brake is wired to the motor, causing it to turn off when the brakes are pressed. The rear wheel also has a coaster brake. Unlike most e-bikes, Bee didn’t try to hide the battery. In fact, she put it front and center. She explained saying, “The bike design was inspired by scrambler motorbikes, which have their gas tanks very visible. I wanted to carry this through into my own design, but swap the gas tank out for a battery!” Bee is currently working on developing a Kickstarter campaign for Electraply with hopes of producing it en masse at some point. For those interested in working from the knowledge she’s developed in the process, she’s written two e-books she has posted on her website. One covers the design process for creating the bike, while the second details the construction process of turning the design into a real-life functioning e-bike. + Evie Bee Via Electrek   Images via Evie Bee 

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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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