San Francisco bike shop lets you trade in car for e-bike

April 17, 2017 by  
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A new bike store in the Bay Area of San Francisco has come up with an interesting way to get people to reduce their transportation footprint. Electric bikes make a great alternative for commutes in cities like San Francisco , but many people find the hefty price tag of an e-bike prohibitive. The New Wheel solves that by allowing patrons to trade in their old vehicles for an e-bike – and a healthier lifestyle. San Francisco’s 74 hills don’t make for pleasant bike commutes – unless you’ve got an e-bike to help you. The New Wheel is making it easier for people to obtain e-bikes. Patrons can bring in their old cars, and the bike shop will take notes on the car’s condition and mileage, and send the information to Roadster.com . 48 hours later they make patrons an offer, and will even come pick up the old car and deliver a check. Ideally patrons will spend some of that money on an e-bike at The New Wheel, but aren’t required to do so. Related: Propella’s lightweight electric bike rides like a regular bike Shop co-founder Brett Thurber told Fast Company, “We’ve always been in the business of trying to figure out ways to get people out of cars and onto bikes. With all the traffic and even parking, it’s not convenient anymore, in many instances, to own a car. I think the thing we’re up against is just habit.” The New Wheel has adopted other ideas from the car industry to help people get used to the idea of owning a bike as their main vehicle. They offer financing for e-bikes and allow people to trade in their old e-bikes. They even offer roadside assistance; if bikers get a flat tire The New Wheel will pick them up twice a year and give them a free ride up to 30 miles. + The New Wheel Via Fast Company Images via Pixabay and Tom Lowenthal on Flickr

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Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel

March 20, 2017 by  
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Are you intrigued by electric bicycles but already own a regular bike? UrbanX created a drop-in wheel that can turn almost any old bicycle into a cool e-bike. The wheel only takes around one minute to install and boasts an impressive range of 30 miles on a single charge. The UrbanX bike wheel simplifies e-bikes: add their wheel and you’re good to go. The product adds an additional 15 pounds to a bike, which isn’t as heavy or clunky as some electric bikes can be. The company behind the product offers the wheel in six sizes; they say it will fit 99 percent of bikes. Their compact battery charges in an hour and a half. Related: Juicer electric bikes bridge dorky environmentalism and cool-guy style https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934648866/urbanx-convert-any-bike-to-an-electric-bike-in-60/description The company offers a 240 watt motor and a 350 watt motor. The 240W motor’s top speed is 15 miles per hour (mph) while the 350W motor’s top speed is 20mph. Bikers can also pedal as normal; UrbanX includes a three level pedal assist system that can be switched via an app. UrbanX says their product “works smarter, not harder by using an algorithm to ensure 100 percent of motor output is utilized to power your ride.” They came up with their patent-pending Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to boost the battery and motor’s efficiency. UrbanX isn’t the first company to come out with such a product; GeoOrbital also recently unveiled a bike wheel that converts bicycles into e-bikes within 60 seconds. The look of the two wheels are quite different, and UrbanX’s 240W motor wheel is much less expensive than GeoOrbital’s wheel. To help bring their product to market, UrbanX also turned to crowdfunding . With over 30 days to go, they’ve raised more than double their initial goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter . The limited early bird prices for the tires start at $299. UrbanX ambitiously says they’ll be delivering the wheels this summer. Via TreeHugger Images via UrbanX Electric Wheel Facebook

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Tech group 3D-prints a cutting-edge bike to highlight the power of collaborative innovation

September 1, 2016 by  
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A Belgian tech consortium has created a one-of-a-kind 3D-printed bicycle that solidly positions the country’s Flanders region as the leading innovator for the still-emerging technology. The group, composed of 15 companies and research institutes, is called Flam?D (Flame3D) and its masterpiece is known as the ?-bike, which nobody has any idea how to pronounce. Ironically, despite all evidence to the contrary, Flam?D insists that the ?-bike is “NOT a 3D-printed bike.” Is that a nod to the region’s rich history in surrealism, or are they just messing with us? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_o_yAqDqk The main reason Flam?D has chosen to be so flippant about its cycle creation is quite simple. Rather than focus on the product, the consortium hopes to inspire tech industry folks to look at the process by which it was developed. As 3D printing technology advances—even in the region of Flanders where Flam?D notes that any number of companies could easily print a bicycle—what becomes most important in further innovations in the field is cooperation. By combining the efforts of 13 companies and two research institutes, Flam?D says its goal is “demonstrating real innovations in [3D printing] and an obvious eagerness to cooperate,” according to its website. “The result happens to look like a bicycle.” Related: Empire Cycles unveils world’s first ultralight 3D-printed titanium bike Essentially, the 3D-printed bike is not meant to revolutionize the field of bicycle manufacturing. Rather, Flam?D intends it to be a demonstration tool to show companies and students what 3D-printing technology (in a cooperative team environment) is capable of producing. The bike was unveiled Aug. 27 at an event at Zolder Race Circuit, and is now on tour, sharing its message of innovation and cooperation at other events and fairs. Flam?D consists of the following companies and research institutes: 3D&I, 3Dee, Formando, Hoet, KULeuven, Layered Prints, Materialise, MT3D, REIN4CED, RSPrint, Sirris, T&M Solutions, Tenco DDM, Ugent and Vamac. The consortium notes that the actual creation of the bicycle was made possible by further cooperative efforts by these firms: Ridley Bikes, r-l-f, Mobi-bikes, Bodycote IMT, koopjefiets.be and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Via New Atlas Images via Flam?D

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Thailand’s tallest building opens with new green spaces for Bangkok

September 1, 2016 by  
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Ole Scheeren designed the tower while working at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and completed the project with his own studio Büro Ole Scheeren. Located in the Central Business District in Bangkok , the new tower might not stay the tallest building in Thailand – the Rama IX Super Tower slated for completion in 2019 is expected to be almost twice as high as MahaNakhon. The solid facade of the tower is broken up by a pixelated effect meant to reveal parts of the inner life of the building. The carved volume forms green areas and balconies that offer great views of Bangkok. In addition to various residential and commercial spaces, the tower includes a large public space with public gardens and a transportation hub. + Büro Ole Scheeren Via Archdaily

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Handmade Italian e-bike stops traffic with its weightless, elegant design

July 5, 2016 by  
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Young Swiss company velocipede-fogliaverde has unveiled a lighter-than-air, stylish electric bike for urban riders. At just 18.7 kg or 41 lbs, this incredibly light, elegant bike is the first non-plugin parallel hybrid E-hub on the market. The high-tech system only gives you power when you absolutely need it to accelerate or go up hill. Using a torque and slope sensing technology, this e-bike contains an invisible battery with no wiring, and is controlled with Bluetooth-smartphone connectivity. Inspired by the elegant high-quality cult bicycles of yesteryear, the stunning set of wheels comes equipped with a leather case, saddle bag of tools, two steel porters, wooden chain guard, carrying strap, kickstand, bell and reflectors. Whether you commute to work or take it out for a leisurely spin, admiration of bystanders is guaranteed. + velocipede-fogliaverde 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!

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Sentier’s Bike Trolley lets you hit the open road with your luggage in tow

June 20, 2016 by  
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Dreaming of a cross country bike adventure? The Sentier Bike Trolley is a new high performance bike trailer that lets you ride quickly and comfortably with all your luggage in tow. Developed by a cycling enthusiast , the Bike Trolley allows riders to achieve a faster, safer biking experience with a trolley bag that transforms into a trailer. Made in Italy, the durable design contains a stainless steel frame with a 40kg load capacity, fits any bike with a wheel size between 26” and 29”, and sports an eco-compatible waterproof ripstop. The Sentier has already surpassed Kickstarter funding , getting us seriously amped up to hit the open road. + Sentier Bike Trolley

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Paris redesigns its famous squares to make them pedestrian and bike friendly

April 14, 2016 by  
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Scientists have finally made a substance that’s even stronger than graphene

April 14, 2016 by  
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Much like in comic books, scientists are on an endless quest to discover or create the strongest, most durable substance possible. Theories about how to go about that have long circulated, but nobody has been able to overcome the challenge—until now. A team of Austrian researchers has finally worked out a way to stabilize what they are calling the strongest of all known materials , an exotic form of carbon called carbyne . Read the rest of Scientists have finally made a substance that’s even stronger than graphene

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IKEA is launching a chainless bicycle called SLADDA this year

April 13, 2016 by  
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Oh, IKEA , how do we love thee? Let us count the ways… Beyond the scads of flat-pack furniture, indoor herb gardens , and solar-powered shelters for emergency victims, the Swedish retailer is gearing up to launch a new product that is nothing short of a revelation. Later this year, IKEA will begin selling a chainless bicycle called SLADDA , and the multiple award-winning design has already been dubbed the “best of the best.” Come August, we’ll get to find out how true that is. Read the rest of IKEA is launching a chainless bicycle called SLADDA this year

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Olafur Eliasson’s ship-inspired circle bridge opens in Copenhagen

August 25, 2015 by  
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