Spin’s new station-less electric bike travels 50 miles on a single charge

January 9, 2018 by  
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San Francisco-based Spin has added its first electric bike to their bike-share collection — and it doesn’t require a station. The company envisions its adoption of electric bikes as an important step towards making urban biking more inviting and accessible. “We see e-bikes as a key enabler of our mission to bring accessible and affordable transport to cities and campuses,” said Spin CEO Derrick Ko. The bike is able to travel up to 50 miles on a single charge while batteries are easily exchangeable for quick recharges. The bike’s movement can be assisted by pedal power and can travel up to 15 MPH with the electric engine’s assistance. Founded in 2016, Spin offers station-less bike sharing in which users can leave their borrowed bike in any responsible place rather than return it to a station. The electric bike, or e-bike, will join hundreds of traditional bikes in the Spin system. The e-bike was designed by Spin and produced by an as-of-yet unrevealed manufacturer, said to be one of the largest in the world. With its latest innovation, Spin hopes to expand bike-sharing in new, inclusive ways. “Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, have been shown to break down barriers to biking including hills, disabilities, age, and distance,” said Zaizhuang Cheng, chief technology officer at Spin. Related: Manta5’s new electric water bike lets you cycle on rivers and lakes Spin currently maintains station-less bike programs at 24 locations in the United States, including cities like Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Washington DC. In Seattle , Spin collaborated with the city’s Department of Transportation to create the nation’s first station-less bike permit system and has provided over a half-million rides since its debut in 2017. The first regions to receive e-bikes in their Spin bike-sharing networks will be places like Miami , University of California San Diego and Rochester Institute of Technology, all of which were early adopters of the original concept. Via TechCrunch Images via Spin

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KP Cykler has created the ultimate bike for urban commuting

June 24, 2016 by  
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A human on a bicycle is still the most energy efficient way for a man to travel, even more efficient than a salmon in the sea or a condor in the sky. But this efficiency can be brought to a stop by as little as a piece of glass on the road. That’s why KP Cykler created the  Perfect Urban Bicycle on Kickstarter . Their bicycle battles punctures and maintenance while boasting vintage looks coupled with the top materials and an innovative gearing system. Based in Denmark, the cycling capital of the world, KP Cykler knows how frustrating it can be to get a puncture at a time when you cannot afford one. To avoid flat tires, they add a special layer of protection for the inner tubes in the form of puncture resistant tape as standard. Together with skinny racing tires, The Perfect Urban Bike is fast, and puncture free. To keep the bicycle looking clean, KP Cykler has used a Kick Shift hub on the bicycle. This technology was first used in 1960s and lets you shift between 2 gears by simply pedaling backwards or ‘kicking’ back on the pedals. Today the technology is making a comeback as advancements make the modern version durable and a delight to use. Not only does it look good, but because there are no shifters, nor cables, so is there no maintenance – no cables to rust inside the housing, no derailleurs to adjust. The bicycle also has a lugged steel frame, looking like something the famous Eddy Merckx would have ridden. Steel is arguably the longest lasting from the 3 modern frame materials (steel, aluminum, carbon fiber), and more flexible, absorbing bumps in the road and giving it a nice overall feel on the urban roads. Another well thought-of material in use is leather. Compared to synthetic materials, it progresses in time, fitting itself to the rider and only getting more comfortable with time. As KP Cykler uses the absolute cycling royalty – Brooks of England as their seat supplier, it might even rise in price after a few decades. If you are looking for the perfect urban bicycle for this summer then look no further. KP Cykler has really put together a beautiful Perfect Urban Bike – which will likely last you a lifetime. It is available on Kickstarter for a very reasonable $1045 , and they will even engrave your name on the bike. + + KP Cykler on Kickstarter

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A giant eye looks out from MVRDVs futuristic library in Tianjin

June 24, 2016 by  
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Created as part of the new Binhai Cultural Center, the 34,200-square-meter Tianjin Library was created in collaboration with Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) to serve as an education center and connector from the park to the burgeoning cultural district. The building is glazed to promote transparency and is punctured by an oval opening that provides clear views both into the library atrium and of the surrounding park landscape. The mirrored and spherical auditorium set at the center of the oval gives the space an eye-like and surreal effect. Related: MVRDV’s massive staircase made of scaffolding opens in Rotterdam “The Eye is the centre of the library. It ‘hollows out’ the building and creates, out of bookshelves, an environment to sit, to read, to hang out, to climb and to access, to create an organic social space,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “In its heart is the auditorium which mirrors the environment, giving a 360 degree panorama of the space inside; a truly reflective and pensive environment.” Curvaceous and terraced bookshelves located around the auditorium echo the spherical shape and lead up into an organic ceiling pattern. The contour-like lines are extended to the facade, where they’re used as sun-shading louvres . The Tianjin Binhai library is estimated to open to the public by mid 2017. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!

August 7, 2014 by  
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Nearly every urban cyclist has had to contend with tire detritus at some point. If you’re a city-dwelling bicycle aficionado , you likely know it well: the inevitable sand, mud, and gravel that your bike tires pick up while you’re riding around town inevitably make their way into your home when you carry your trusty steed indoors. To improve indoor bike storage for urban cyclists, the Latvia-based start-up company Velo Sock has developed a unique and innovative bike cover, which is all about keeping your room clean in the most stylish way possible.  Velo Socks are uber-stretchy to fit over any bike frame, covering the tires and keeping your space clean. These bike socks also keep your walls safe and clean while you’re hauling your bicycle up stairs and down hallways. Available in several different colors and patterns, you can choose one that matches your home’s decor so your bike transforms into a gorgeous work of art when it’s not in use. + Velo Sock 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 , bicycle cover , bicycle covers , bicycle sock , bicycle socks , bike , bike cover , bike covers , bike sock , bike socks , urban biking , urban cycling , urban cyclist , Velo Sock , velo socks , velosock

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Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

November 28, 2013 by  
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Whether you want to call it yarn-bombing or guerrilla knitting , this craze has spread across the world in a colorful display of environmentally friendly public art. Isabeau Joubert has done something similar over in Cape Town, South Africa, giving two vintage bicycles a dazzling makeover by using brightly colored wool in a burst of yarn graffiti . The crocheted bicycles were a gift to not only their owners but to the city of Cape Town itself; a piece of public art that aims to inspire others to get on their bikes. Joubert used a bright orange wool to reflect how much she loves exploring the city by bicycle, so now these happy-go-lucky bikes are spreading the message to fellow urban dwellers! Read the rest of Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bicycling , bike , bikes , biking , crocheting , cycling , fiber art , fibre art , green art , guerrilla knitting , Isabeau Joubert , knitting , public art , sustainable artwork , urban biking , urban transport , yarn , yarn bombing , yarn graffiti        

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Folder: A Folding Bike With Full-Size Wheels by Mikulas Novotny

September 18, 2012 by  
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If you live or work in a city, a bicycle can be a great way to get around. The only trouble is what to do with the bicycle when you need to go somewhere you can’t ride. Folding bicycles offer a great solution, but they still have their drawbacks. That’s all about to change with Folder, a new folding bicycle designed by Mikulas Novotny that has full-size wheels. Read the rest of Folder: A Folding Bike With Full-Size Wheels by Mikulas Novotny Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bikes , biking , cycling , Folder , folding bicycle , folding bike , green transportation , Mikulas Novotny , urban biking

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Urban Biking’s Next Generation: 5 Snazzy Innovations

April 5, 2010 by  
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Rendering of White Bike’s bonus function as mobile pollution sensor. Credit Ytech. Bike sharing is bursting out all over, and Paris’ Vélib system was the urban bike sharing breakthrough that really started this fast-spreading trend.

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