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Shimano XTR Di2 Review: Can Electronic Shifters Make Bicycles Faster?

Shimano is bringing its electronically-actuated Di2 shifter technology to mountain bikes, claiming increased reliability, faster shift speeds and improved man-machine interface. Can it really make riding a bicycle easier? We spent a day on the trail to find out.


Can An Olympic Cyclist Cycle Hard Enough To Toast Bread?

It’s an easy joke to say that you can power your electronics by just getting on a hamster wheel or riding a bike but the truth is, it’s really, really tough to do in real time. And we’re not even Olympic athletes. German track cyclist Robert Förstemann is and even with his watermelon-sized thighs, he said his legs “hurts hard” and that it’s “fucking hard” to power up a toaster.


Look At This Cute Street Sweeper Just For Bike Lanes

Los Angeles is slowly but surely working its way towards being one of the most bike-friendly cities in then country by laying down a comprehensive network of bike lanes throughout the city. And this cute pint-sized street sweeper employed by the city makes sure they’re kept free of debris. Awwwwww.


This Bike Parking Lot Is More Advanced Than Most Car Garages

Cyclists in the US are used to feeling envy at Dutch bike infrastructure. I mean, just look at this bridge. Sigh. Now, Delft is showing off its bike parking lot — and it’s as technologically advanced as you’d expect.


This Bike Was Specially Designed To Teach Kids To Ride

Teaching a kid how to ride a bike is tough enough without mechanical problems, flat tyres and messy chains. It’s high time someone built a smarter learning bike — and now, one company has.


This $20,000 Carbon Fibre Bike Weighs A Ridiculous 5.4kg

This ultralight bike costs as much as a car. Not a surprise given Audi’s at the helm, but the nutso price tag includes some design and tech that’s pretty cool.


What I've Learned About Mountain Biking Since I First Started Riding

I used to ride mountain bikes when I was a kid. They were a fun toy that took me places. But man, I never remember them being this much hard work! Looking for a little more adventure, I’ve been teaching myself to ride them again. This is what I’ve learned so far.


Architects Design Wooden Bicycle Frame To Explore Structural Engineering

Wooden bikes may be beautiful, but they’re also a tad impractical. Nevertheless, there may be unexpected value in wooden bike frames, which architects can use to understand important structural challenges and prototype new designs.


What's Wrong With Electric Bicycles

A new electric bike — the Koben, from Karmic Bikes — promises to fix what ails the electric bicycle industry. We spoke to its designer to find out what those problems are and how he thinks he’s solved them.


People Riding Bikes Minus The Bikes Is The Best Use Of Photoshop Ever

Imagine a world without bikes. No really, imagine it. It’s pretty funny. Yes, there is a Subreddit devoted to the art of Photoshopping away the Schwinns from under would-be riders. Some people just look like they’re leaping awkwardly into the air, others look like they’re possessed by demons.


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