Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
The Bikes are Getting Weird! – Bike News Review – 10/6/12

Solar powered bicycle? Beware scam artists
Off Grid – 10/6/12
A group of scam artists have launched a web site selling a solar powered bicycle. But the only thing it will end up powering is their bank account.

Party Pals Say Let the Good Times Roll—On a Bicycle Built for 16
Wall Street Journal – 10/5/12
Ms. Kelly and her friends were taking a spin on a giant, four-wheeled bike with a fake beer-barrel on the front and room for 16 passengers. Variously known as a PedalPub, Party Bike or a Bar Hopper, the slow-moving behemoths are powered by 10 pedalers, who sit on stools on either side of a long, wooden bar. Most of the bikes in the U.S. are imported from the Netherlands, but U.S. competitors have gotten into the market. In the past few years, the bikes have spread to more than two dozen U.S. cities—from Minneapolis to Austin, and Portland, Ore., to Charlotte, N.C.

The Bicymple is the bicycle simplified, literally
Gizmag – 10/5/12
The Bicymple is different from standard bikes in one very obvious way: the pedals are located on the back wheel, offering direct drive rather than achieving motion by way of a chain and gears. In this way, the Bicymple resembles a unicycle, but with the addition of a front wheel, a frame, and handlebars.


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