Doing things at night is always a little more edgy, a little more scary, and a lot more fun. Doing things at night while lighting up entire forests in the Pacific Northwest and moonscapes in Utah in different colors is all of that night fun with a giant load of awesome added in. It looks like a completely different…
The “backwards brain bicycle” is built for frustration. It turns right when you turn left, left when you turn right. Destin, of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day, thought it would be easy to translate his mechanical knowledge of how the backwards bike works into a smooth ride. He was wrong (for a few months, at least).
The reverberating ring of bicycle bells ranks up there with ice cream truck music, in the pantheon of our favorite summer sounds. But is the bicycle bell that you remember still the one you hear around? Think carefully before you answer.
Do you disobey traffic laws when you're on your bike? I do, from time to time. So do a lot of other people. And we do it more, it seems, than we would in a car. Why is that? Are bicyclists contemptible jerks, or is there a method to our lawbreaking ways?
In Latvia, a group of bicycle enthusiasts decided to show the city of Riga what it would be like if every bicycle turned into a car. So they built these amazing contraptions, and reminded everyone that cars are what cause traffic jams.
Several years ago, retired military officer Guan Baihua invented what may be the ultimate geometry geek bicycle. The front wheel is a pentagonal curve, and the back wheel is a reuleaux triangle (a triangular curve). It seems like it shouldn't work, but it does — and beautifully!
Bicycles may be part of the future of transit, and designers and city planners are constantly looking for ways to make cycling safer and more appealing to commuters. Here are a few innovations—beyond bike paths—that could make cities better for bikes.
War is an ugly business, in which whoever moves fastest and strikes first often triumphs. So long before there were tanks and planes, people used bicycles to rush into combat. For decades, people experimented with machine guns on bikes, military quadricycles, and bicycle infantry. Here are the greatest moments of…
Bicycles are an amazing form of transportation — they get you from A to B quickly, without harming the environment, and they're terrific exercise. But biking in a city or on a highway can also be dangerous. So for over 100 years, people have designed elevated highways just for bikes — and a couple of them have even…
A number of North American and European cities are introducing protected bike lanes, but they do little to help cyclists navigate through dangerous intersections. A proposal for a "protected intersection" could change that.
Will London soon have a bikes-only highway rising high over the city? Well, maybe. The plans have been released, but whether it will actually be built is up in the air.
At the close of the 19th century — just before cars made their appearance — a wealthy American businessman began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway that would stretch from Pasadena to Los Angeles. It almost got built.
The ships sunk by an atomic blast at Bikini Atoll are the subject of a documentary—and you can give it a helping hand. Also check out a Lovecraft-inspired marionette show and an anthology of science fiction stories about bicycles.
For lovers of both bicycles and Paul Reubens, Podium Cycling is offering this Skinsuit inspired by Pee-Wee Herman's grey glen plaid suit, complete with printed red bowtie. The secret word is: Nostalgia.
For the 2012 Olympics, British electronic stalwarts The Chemical Brothers composed "Velodrome," a theme song (unsurprisingly) for London's sweeping Hopkins Velodrome. And between each of the velodrome's sessions, design firm Crystal CG International has created a music video depicting a race between two Tron-like…
Traditionally, two physics phenomena were considered necessary for keeping bicycles upright. Turns out neither of them are. And humans aren't necessary either.
Kerry of the Netherlands built this prize-winning, three-person steampunk tricycle for the "12 Inch Race." He raced along with 500 other contestants — be sure to check out video and photos of this two-meter-tall wheeled warrior in action.
At this bicycle-friendly hotel by Philip Modest Schambelan and Anton Fromm, all inclines are limited to 12° to accommodate weary velophiles. This hotel (where you can wheel your bike into every room) is a snapshot of tomorrow's tourist industry.
I say old bean, is that a Yautja on a penny-farthing velocipede? By gum, I haven't beheld such a spectacle since eleventy-twelve! And lo! Our pedal-pushing intergalactic sportsmen totes one of those newfangled heliumized air bladders! What delicious farce! [Gavwoodhouse's Deviant Art page via Superpunch]
Amsterdam is the future - if you think that cities devoted to bicycle transportation are the next step in urban evolution.