Welcome to this week’s collection of cycling stories from around the web that got our attention in the past week.
1. Downhill scooter
It would be nice to combine a love of hiking with biking but lugging a heavy bike up a mountain along with a backpack as you would guess has little appeal for this writer. German outdoor company Skyver has come up with the ideal solution – a foldable bike cum scooter hybrid that allows you to descend down that mountainside like er….. a mountain biker.
Called the Mountain Skyver Trail bike, there are no pedals on the scooter, but you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t be using your feet to brake as there are disc brakes on the scooter. Frankly, I’d be scared out of my wits hurtling down a mountain on this contraption.
2. Bierbikes come to London
The Bierbikes are a regular sight on the streets of some of Germany’s main cities so it is no surprise that some bright spark would see the commercial viability of operating a similar pedal powered vehicle in London. Called the Pedibus, the four wheeled vehicle allows you to take in the sights of London while cycling with seven other people on the cycle points. Four others can be accommodated on the platform in the middle of the vehicle.
3. Be seen, be Flashy
There is nothing new about reflective strips on cycle clothing but trying to create something fashionable yet not sacrificing safety isn’t easy. New York based start-up We-Flashy hit upon the idea of cutting heavy industrial duty retroreflective material cut into stylish, modern patterns on to normal t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies to create apparel that is comfortable to wear and doesn’t mean you have to put on an illuminous cycling vest everytime you go out on the bike at night. The bonus is that the apparel wouldn’t look out of place in a nightclub as the video below shows
4. The musical water bottle
This may make an interesting Christmas present. A music speaker disguised as a water bottle. Called the Cycle Speaker, the water bottle..um speaker comes with a FM radio, a micro SD card slot (for putting your MP3’s directly onto the speaker device), speaker bag and an USB charge cable. There is also an AUX cable and input so you can play your own iPod or MP3 through it. Don’t forget liquid and electronics don’t mix, so don’t mistakenly use this water bottle for refreshment!!
5. Bike love
We think this chap is taking his bike love a little bit too seriously. What do you think?