Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike News – 4/11/12

Easy Electric: Recumbent bicycle maker in Watsonville gooses pedal power with battery pack
Santa Cruz Sentinel – 4/11/12
The current owner of Watsonville-based Easy Racers is rolling down a different path, aiming to energize sales and riders with battery power.

Park and pedal: Bike commuting made simple
Mother Nature Network – 4/11/12
Want a cool way to combat $4 gas? Take your bicycle, at least part of the way. We can’t all live in Portland, where bicycle commuting has become a religion practiced by more than five percent of the population.

Silly Putty for Potholes
Science Mag – 4/11/12
So-called non-Newtonian fluids are the stars of high school science demonstrations. In one example, an ooey-gooey batter made from corn starch and water oozes like a liquid when moved slowly. But punch it, or run across a giant puddle of it, and it becomes stiff like a solid. Pour it on top of a speaker cone, and the vibrations cause the fluid to stiffen and form strange tendril-like shapes. Now, a group of college students has figured out a new use for the strange stuff: filler for potholes.

Bicycle Commuting Gains Traction In Cities
Governing – 4/11/12
Many commuters living in growing urban areas are opting to ride bikes to work as an alternative to congested roads and higher gas prices.

Regional bike rides for cyclists of all abilities
Baltimore Sun – 4/11/12
Whether you’re a beginner or looking for a 100-mile challenge, there’s a great ride for you in the Baltimore area.

Fleet of bike taxis coming to Portland
Maine Biz – 4/10/12
Portland’s streets are about to become a little bit greener as a national bike taxi company prepares to put the rubber to the road.

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