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You might have to dodge the occasional pedestrian or taxi driver who didn't notice you next to their car. But even if you commute to work by bike in a big city, your ride will never be as thrilling as downhill urban mountain bike racing appears to be.
Video: Stabilising footage of Steve Storey's mountain bike ride down a bumpy trail almost turns it into a casual cruise around the park. That is, if you only stare at the top half of the footage. If you look at the bottom half, you'll see how much thrashing is actually going on. And if you try to look at both at the same time, you're probably going to get a little bit sick because it looks so impossibly smooth that your brain will crash.
Video: Bicycles with lights ringing their back wheels and expert visual editing basically turns regular mountain biking into light cycles on The Grid in Tron. It's already a cool effect in real time because the lights start spiralling with the wheels, but reaches another level of awesomeness with some editing in post-production because the frames get stitched up to look as if the light were leaving colourful trails in nature. I wish this actually happened in real life.
Video: Why cycle regularly when you can cycle while running sideways on a wall, or move forward while handstanding on the handlebars in the opposite direction? Heck, Tim Knoll, the cyclist in the video, is so good at busting bike tricks that don't involve the act of pedalling that he can even launch off the bike directly onto a skateboard. Here's his collection of wild parkour bike tricks as he tours through Barcelona.
Video: Danny MacAskill does things on a mountain bike that even physicists, who know more about the laws of the universe than anyone, would probably assume is impossible. The Scottish country side serves as the gorgeous backdrop for this video of Danny just being amazing on two wheels. But you probably won't even notice the scenery.
You can probably think of countless reasons why you don't want to take your dog for a walk. It's too cold, you're tired, your arch nemesis lives around the corner — the list goes on and on. But with this double-duty exercise bike and treadmill, you can give your pup a good run without ever stepping outside.
There's no room for your briefcase so it's hard to use for your daily commute, but just think of how fast you'd ride to work on the Aerovelo Eta, which just set a new record for the World's Fastest Human-Powered vehicle by reaching 145km/hour. That's faster than you're legally allowed to drive on most highways.
Video: This dude is crazy and awful and screwed up but also bold and daring and a freaking total savage. Armed with a handsaw and a sociopathic personality, he literally chopped down a tree in order to steal a bike. A tree no longer exists because this guy saw a bike locked up to it and thought it'd be easy money to get. Some poor sap is now without their bike because this mad man thought sawing through a tree trunk was easier than breaking a bike lock.
Video: Just because this Huffy Carnage is sold by Walmart as a mountain bike doesn't necessarily mean it can handle a legit downhill mountain run, as Phil Kmetz discovered after spending $US180 ($241) on one. Halfway through his ride the bike's brake pads were almost completely gone, and after the first jump its handlebars broke and bent.
About ten minutes after the very first car alarm went off, the tech went from being a genuine theft deterrent to an annoyance that everyone just ignores. The makers of the Bike Mine have a better idea, at least when it comes to getting people to notice when a bike or motorcycle is being stolen: old-fashioned explosives.
Video: As a sequel to his bike tour around New York City, Nigel Sylvester teleports us all around Los Angeles with the help of his bike and masterful editing in this short, entitled "Go! 2". It's great because one minute you're at a skate park and the next you're inside a pool, and it's all seamlessly stitched together. Plus, the tour is everything a person imagines when they visit LA: great weather, palm trees, celebrity sightings, a game of basketball with a Laker, a dip in a pool and fancy cars.
With Australian cities bringing in harsh new cycling laws, being in full control of your bike is more important than ever. A cycling computer can tell you everything you need to know, but they're not stylish. Omata's solution to the problem is an analog speedometer for bicycles that uses GPS, and that also tracks your distance, time and elevation changes.
Video: If only this never ending swirl of beautiful landscapes actually existed on one bike trail. It would be the best ride you could ever get on a bike. Cleverly enough though, this short film called DreamRide by Juicy Studios shows Mike Hopkins riding through Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington and it makes it look just like one endless ride. Individually, each location they film at is already stunning. Combined and stitched together and edited like this, the bike ride almost feels magical.
Video: It's like this whole bike race is in fast forward. But it's actually just on an abandoned bobsled track on the mountain Trebevic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The speed that the bikers reach and the angles at which they are riding are totally wild, so it's best for us mere mortals to stay away from the real life equivalent of Star Wars podracing.
Video: Everything seems to be going swimmingly in this stage of the Volta La Marina in Benidorm but then all of a sudden the cyclists fall off pace of the car and seem to be slowing down to a legitimate crawl and then basically hit a full stop all at once. What happened? It was the wind. The strong winds pushed against the cyclists stopping them in their tracks and even blowing some backwards. The race was suspended because of it.
They help boost tourism and take some of the load off of a city's public transit system, but keeping a bike sharing program financially self-sufficient has proved challenging for many cities. So Portland is teaming up with Nike for its new bike share program with bicycles that can be locked up almost anywhere.