The Wheelie Good Round-Up 2 April
Published 10 September 2011
Don’t forget about those bikes
It appears some of our staff here at Going Going Bike can be quite forgetful. A colleague has admitted to having left bikes on the roof rack of his car and completely forgetting about it until the next morning. We suspect his forgetfulness is not an isolated case and many of you have done something similar. However, help could be at hand with a simple mobile phone app that will alert you to remove the bikes you just before you return home. Called the Bikesavr, the user just has to add in the address they are travelling to, activate and relax. The app could save you costly damage to your bike, your roof rack, your garage and your car!
Fast and furious
The world’s fastest electric bike was revealed this past week. The Specialized Turbo can reach speeds of up to 30mph and could be the electric bike that breaks the mould in terms of design. Unlike most electric bikes, it looks like a proper urban bike with the added bonus that the electric motor kicks in automatically as you pedal. The 342 Wh battery can be recharged in just two hours from an outlet. The frame has integrated LED head and tail lights while there is also regenerative breaking. Game changer? Specialized thinks so. It believes the Turbo has created a new category for E-bikes. Maybe, but at £4,000 the bike may still be out of reach for many.
Bike and shop
We think everything should be done by bike. If it is physically possible, we’d take the option of bicycle over motorised transport any day. This includes grocery shopping, though it is often a tight squeeze fitting everything into a rucksack. Now a San Francisco-based cycle apparel firm have thought of that with their Vandal backpack. A key feature of the Vandal backpack is its ability to quickly double in size from 1,800 cu.in. to 4,000 cu.in. when extra cargo carrying capacity is needed. Check out the video below of a typical grocery run with the bag! Remember you are helping the environment by cycling and not taking a plastic bag home.
Keep those lights dimmed with rims
The subject of bike furniture is a recurring theme on Going Going Bike though we’ve not featured a piece of furniture that is made from a part of the bike itself. Thanks to Jen Turner, a New York architect and designer, you may still be able to get some use out of old bike rims by using them to create a hanging lamp. Jen uses the rims of two bicycle wheels, one larger than the other, to create a hanging lamp reminiscent of Isamu Noguchi’s classic Akari pendant lights. If you fancy having a go at making the lamp, the New York Times has produced a step by step guide.
Keirin Finishing School
We usually associate the Keirin with the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton winning gold on the velodrome track but in Japan, where Keirin racing originates from, it's akin to horse racing with daily races that are gambled on. It is taken so seriously that riders live, eat, sleep (and train) Keirin to take part in professional races. Unfortunately, ladies haven’t been able to participate in racing since 1964, but in May a professional circuit will be starting up with 32 women of the Nihon Keirin Gakkou school recently passing exams to take part in professional races. Good luck to them.
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