Here’s our latest collection of cycling stories from around the web that got our attention in the past week.
Pedal powered sports car
Below is a picture of the world’s most expensive bicycle. It is worth a cool £1.2m. Yes we know it looks like a sports car with four wheels but there is a bicycle in there and the whole thing moves by pedal power. The bike is hidden under the red carbon shell of the car, which is modelled on the Ferrari FXX supercar. Designed by Austrian artist and cycle enthusiast Hannes Langeder, the Fahrradi Farfall FFX, as it has been called, has a top speed of 16km/h. Mr Langedar has previous form with such bike/car contraptions having also made a pedal powered Porsche GT3 RS. The Fahrradi Farfall FFX also features 200 LEDs so it can be ridden at night and it totally road legal in Austria.
Danny MacAskill’s Number 1 fan
As kids we all have heroes, someone who you really want to be when you grow up. The video below features Jack, a budding five year old trial bike rider. His hero is trials and stunt cyclist Danny MacAskill. Danny inspires him to cycle so much that he wanted to make a video for Danny to show him what he can do on his bike. Jack, you are a true inspiration for all us bike mad kids.
Obree’s Saucepan bike
Graeme Obree quite rightly is held in high esteem by the cycling sport community for having twice broken the one hour record for cycling back in the 90s. He is known for his eccentricity, however, having built the bike for the one hour record attempts himself. Now, 46, Graeme revealed this week that he is attempting another record, this time the land speed record for bikes. The current record stands at 82.8mph. Typically, Graeme’s bike for this record attempt is made from an old saucepan and was designed in a bath. The attempt will take place in September.
Suits you sir!
While on our collective commutes to the GGB office in London, we see very few people cycling in suits. This is no surprise given the likely pitfalls of a commute or turning up to work a sweaty mess. A Japanese apparel company may have the solution to some of these problems. AOKI Inc’s “Les Mues” line of business suits for bicycle commuters features water resistant and stain repellent finishing with stretchy material for comfort. The trousers have patches inside to strengthen areas subjected to frequent rubbing, such as the inner thigh and hip, while the jacket hem can be snapped to the suit’s pockets with snaps to allow for more comfortable riding. The suit includes reflective tape under the collar for riding in darkness.
We all know Danes live for their bikes. No more so than Danish design company Copenhagen Parts. Set up in 2009 by bike enthusiasts (who also happen to be designers), they’ve been busy developing products that can improve the bicycling experience. Their design ethos focuses on urban mobility, functionality and style. This ethos is encapsulated in the remarkably simple Magnetic Bike Light, which will launch later this year. The lights turn on as soon you put the Magnetic Bike Light into contact with a steel-frame bike. Remove the light unit off the bike and the light turns off automatically. The lights, which are LEDs, are battery-powered. The simplicity of the concept means that the lights do not need a holder and can be positioned anywhere on the frame.
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