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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: 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.
Cyclists love to bitch about the unnecessary weight involved with carrying a quality u-lock, but those same riders also really hate having their bikes stolen. So if you could incorporate a red light into a bike lock, saving a little weight and adding functionality, that really wouldn't be a bad thing.
If you've ever wanted to try being invisible, cycling on a busy road at night is a good start. Adding front and rear lights is obviously a good move, but for side-on visibility, things get a little more tricky. Italian cycling company Elite is trying to solve that with something surprisingly simple: a light-up water bottle.
Over a century ago, the California Cycleway promised an elevated, dedicated bike path from Los Angeles to the nearby city of Pasadena. In this excerpt from the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, author Dan Koeppel tracks its path through Southern California — and discovers why it was never finished.
Inflatable helmets, glow-in-the-dark spray paint, a laser that makes a temporary bike lane — a heck of a lot of products have hit the market recently pledging to keep cyclists safer. But is it the responsibility of people on bikes to use any gadget necessary to stay safe? Or is this distracting from the bigger argument that we should be designing safer cities for bikers?
Video: Blink and you'll miss him. That's because mountain bike rider Eric Barone is going faster than anyone has ever gone on a mountain bike on snow. He reached 223.3km/h on a bike with the help of a terrifyingly steep, snowy hill and the wonder of aerodynamic gear. He goes FAST. One wrong move or one misplaced snowball and he'd go flying.
It was 1973 the last time a new bridge opened over Portland's Willamette River: a double-decker span with eight lanes of freeway. Times have changed. When the Tilikum Crossing Bridge opens later this year, it will be one of the few in the US that's purpose-built for transit, bikes and pedestrians — no cars allowed.
At 8om last night, cyclists in the Dutch town of Nuenen were finally able to ride on a bike path that's been in the making for months. What took so long? This particular bike path represents the product of a collaboration between a designer and a construction company who want to build smarter, more efficient roads. Like this one, which glows.
There are only so many roofs in the world, so the Dutch are getting creative about where to put their solar panels. SolaRoad is exactly what it sounds like — solar panels that pull double duty as road surface and electricity generator. And this being the Netherlands, they of course made a solar road for bikes.
After months of troubles reported by New York City's bikeshare, it seems that Citi Bike has finally charted a path towards success. It's going to be more expensive, but will offer improved service and more bikes. But here's the change that will make all the difference: Citi Bike will get a new leader — one who used to run the city's transit authority.
There have probably been mountain bike rides that have been more intense than Danny Macaskill's tour through the Isle of Skye in Scotland and perhaps there have been a few rides slightly more beautiful of his ride on the Cuillin Ridgeline, but I can't imagine any feeling more epic than this. It is stunning.