Video: Riding a bike without a helmet or other protective gear is already a risky idea. But climbing aboard a custom-built bike packed with 1000 rockets while you're protected by nothing but a fireproof slab of foam strapped to your back is risk on a whole other level — even if you're a semi-pro mad scientist like Colin Furze.
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Can't shake that nagging, guilty feeling that you should have dragged your butt up the stairs every time you take the elevator? Then you're in luck, because Vycle creators Elena Larriba and Jon Garcia have come up with a pedal-powered elevator alternative that helps you get in shape as you travel between floors.
First revealed way back in 2011, Bridgestone's airless tyres use a series of rigid plastic resin spokes to help a wheel keep its shape as it rolls, instead of an inflatable inner tube that can puncture and leak. Military vehicles and ATVs have been some of the first vehicles to adopt the unorthodox design, but Bridgestone will soon be making a version of its airless tyres for use on bicycles.
It's been about a year since I last jammed my finger putting together IKEA furniture. It was for my brand new apartment, and even though I broke a sweat and a little skin at the top of my hand, I saved a ton of money - that's the benefit of outfitting your home in IKEA housewares. Now, your favourite Swedish furniture brand is selling the same agonizing experience in a bicycle made for everyone.
For the past three months, I've been riding the Priority Bicycles Continuum, a commuter bike outfitted with a handful of low-maintenance components and a drivetrain system with an "infinite" number of gears. It's been an absolute joy to ride and has regularly shaved about 15 minutes off my hour-long trips around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Besides being low maintenance mechanical wonder this thing moves seriously fast.
Here's a neat behind the scenes video showcasing how trials cyclist Danny MacAskill pulled off a wild stunt: riding down a very short ramp so he could jump off right next to someone's house on a cliff, and front flip straight into the damn ocean. It's fun to see how he tries to figure out where the best place to jump off of is, because a lot of the planning process is just him throwing rocks off the edge to see where they end up falling.
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.