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.
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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.
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.
There's a simple formula for every great beach cruiser: It should be easy to ride and be able to take a beating. That's why it's no surprise that Priority Bicycles, the company that made the $US400 ($526) maintenance-free bike, has built a cruiser for use in places we need durability the most — at beaches and boardwalks.
Graphene, that atomic-scale super material that promises to revolutionise everything from batteries to robots, is already improving the cycling world. Vittoria's new graphene-infused Mezcal and Morsa bike tyres are lightweight, thin, grippy and everything a cyclist wants in a tyre without any tradeoffs.
It's a common argument when a city wants to take away space for cars: "This isn't Amsterdam." But guess what, Amsterdam — where half the traffic movement in the city center is by bike — wasn't always Amsterdam, either. The image above serves as proof proof that better street design can improve daily life, not just for people on bikes but for all residents.
After the Super Bowl leaves town, San Francisco can stop vandalising corporate statues and go back to focusing on more important projects, like imagining the day the Bay Bridge bike path might finally cross the entire San Francisco Bay.
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.
Bicycles are great. They're compact, quiet, and convenient — as long as you have a helmet, you can jump on and go anywhere, and you're only limited by the energy in your legs. That's just about the only limiting factor of bikes — the muscles of the humans riding them. But electric bikes? Now that's another story.
One of the perennial challenges of urban living is the lack of space. Biking in cities is great, for instance — but only if you have a spot to store your bike. Some furniture designers in Chile are offering a creative (and attractive) solution.
There was a frightening message waiting for many Angelenos last Friday as they fired up Waze for their evening commute. Two freeways were closed — one covered in a mudslide — and for many, the app warned of drive times that were doubled or more. The entire city of LA simultaneously canceled its dinner plans.
Riding through a city on a bike lane that's separated from cars feels great. But when you roll up to a light, the infrastructure often vanishes, leaving you feeling vulnerable as you cross busy lanes of traffic. Now a new type of intersection might keep cyclists safer and more visible. And it was created by a designer who used to make video games.