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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Beautiful P+R building can house hundreds of bicycles in the Netherlands

March 20, 2017 by  
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Park and ride buildings aren’t often beautiful, but this recently completed facility in Zutphen is a stunning exception. MoederscheimMoonen Architects created the stylish P+R facility near a railway station in the Netherlands’ Noorderhaven district. Built to reference the town’s industrial past, the contemporary building accommodates 375 parking spaces and has spots for over 600 bicycles . Located next to the town’s train station, the unique park and ride structure pays homage to the town’s historic warehouses and traditional industries through its design and choice of materials. One side of the building features a large gabled facade with wooden shutters to mimic the appearance of a factory warehouse. On the other side of the building are two helix-shaped ramps that hide the car’s vertical transport with a sculptural design. In a nod to the nearby steel bridge over the River IJssel, the structure is mounted on a series of “playfully positioned” galvanized columns. Related: Corridor-free high school in the Netherlands bathes students in natural light Ample natural light and ventilation passes through the building due to the slatted facade. The wooden slats were installed at different angles and combined with strips of red steel to create a playful and dynamic appearance. Vertical LED strips illuminate the building at night. + MoederscheimMoonen Architects Images by Harry Noback (HN) and Bart van Hoek (BvH)

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Researchers record fish "singing" choruses at the break of dawn in Australia

September 23, 2016 by  
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Fish don’t just sing in cartoons or picture books – it turns out their choruses can also be heard in the coastal waters of Western Australia , especially at dawn or sunset. Curtin University researchers captured seven distinct melodies, and say the fish songs could help us better understand their ecosystems . Four researchers from Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology wrote a research article published this month in the journal Bioacoustics . They recorded fish sounds near Port Hedland for 18 months. Sorting through sounds of ships and humpback whales, they managed to extract the fish choruses, which happened mostly between ” late spring and early autumn ,” the area’s wet season. Related: 400-year-old Arctic shark is the oldest living vertebrate animal in the world The songs swell as each fish repeats a noise over and over, and the sounds layered over one another create the chorus. The fish even sing at daybreak, at sunset, or at both times as birds might. The information on patterns and locations of these fish calls could give us deeper insight into their intricate ecosystems. Noises like these are important to fish as they feed, stake out their territory, or reproduce. Scientist Robert McCauley who is a co-author of the paper told New Scientist, “I’ve been listening to fish squawks, burble, and pops for nearly 30 years now, and they still amaze me with their variety. We are only just beginning to appreciate the complexity involved and still have only a crude idea of what is going on in the undersea acoustic environment.” You can listen to the fish choruses here . The sounds you’ll hear come from the Black Jewfish, which makes a “foghorn” sound; a Terapontid species making a sound like the “buzzer in the Operation board game” according to co-author Miles Parsons; and the “ba-ba-ba” sound of a batfish. Via New Scientist Images via gjhamley on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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EVELO’s Omni Wheel transforms your bicycle into an electric bike in a snap

February 3, 2015 by  
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Electric bikes an increasingly popular way to get commuters out of the car and onto a greener mode of transportation —but, the transition comes at a pretty high price. With that in mind electric bike company EVELO created the Omni Wheel , which transforms ones existing bicycle into an e-bike in just 30 minutes, and for half the cost of a new electric bike. Read the rest of EVELO’s Omni Wheel transforms your bicycle into an electric bike in a snap Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cycling , e-bike , e-cycle , ebike , electric bike , electric bike conversion , electric vehicle , evelo , green transportation , omni , omni wheel , pedal assist

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BriTek’s Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel

May 30, 2014 by  
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Flat bicycle tires could be a thing of the past thanks to BriTek ‘s amazin Energy Return Wheel. Whereas most bike tires regulate tire firmness with air pressure, with the Energy Return Wheel one simply adjusts the tension of the rubber that is stretched around a 29-inch carbon fiber wheel. Read the rest of BriTek’s Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airless bike tires , Britek Tires and Rubber , eco-friendly design , Energy Return Wheels , high-tech design , mountain bike design , sustainable cycling

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PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

May 30, 2014 by  
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The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

March 18, 2014 by  
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It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel —and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David Patrick’s crazy SharkWheel was discovered by chance while he was creating a cube out of six soft pieces of piping. Patrick dropped the cube by accident, and to his amazement, the piece started rolling and it didn’t stop. Read the rest of The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: David Patrick , eco design , green design , reinventing the wheel , SharkWheels , skateboarding wheels , Square Wheels , sustainable design        

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INFOGRAPHIC: One Day All Wheels Will Be Square

December 6, 2013 by  
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You’ve probably heard the idiom “you can’t reinvent the wheel.” Well, it might be time to kick that phrase out of our cultural lexicon thanks to a number of enterprising minds. This new infographic from the team at Wish.co.uk highlights two examples of square wheels that actually work better than circular ones – the Shark Wheel and the Square-Wheeled Bike. Check out the full “One Day All Wheels Will Be Square” infographic after the break! 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! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: One Day All Wheels Will Be Square Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green design , green transportation , infographic , one day all wheels will be square , shark wheel , square wheeled bike , Square Wheels , sustainable design , wheels        

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Rocky Roads are No Match for the Shape-Shifting Roadless Wheel

October 29, 2013 by  
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The shape-shifting Roadless Wheel is a one-size-fits-all solution for different vehicle types and road conditions in rural Africa. Student of Innovation Design Engineering at London’s RCA, Ackeem Ngwenya used the principle of a scissor jack to make the wheel grow shorter and wider, or taller and narrow, to adjust to rough roads in areas with no infrastructure. Read the rest of Rocky Roads are No Match for the Shape-Shifting Roadless Wheel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ackeem Ngwenya , automotive design , green design , green transportation , morphing wheels , RCA London , Roadless Wheel , student design wheel , transforming wheel conditions , wheel designs        

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Wheel House: Acrojou Circus Takes a Circular Home for a Rolling Adventure

May 29, 2013 by  
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