Year: 2013

Dutch Bicycle Army Band

Happy Holidays everyone!

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The Companion Bike Seat: It’s Better Than Riding on Handle Bars

The Companion Bike Seat is a brand new, and pretty handy, extra that hooks up to your bike, allowing you to cart around, at the very least, a 200-pound passenger — or for parents a lot of kids. This week,

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Bicycles are outselling cars in Europe and that might not be just a blip

Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in all of the 27 member countries of the European Union, except Belgium and Luxembourg, NPR reported on Oct. 24. One reason is that car sales have slumped in the midst of the

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The Family Bike of Japan

Recently I was asked by a journalist to define the term mamachari. That’s a good question that left me scratching my head as mamachari isn’t easy to define in a few lines of text. First up the word mamachari is

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Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles Installation Stuns Toronto

Ai Weiwei, the dissident Chinese artist who is the only contemporary Chinese artist that most people in the West know of, has a thing for bicycles. He’s been going around the world creating versions ofForever Bicycles — an installation that uses

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Car-Centric Spain Begins To Embrace The Bicycle

For the first time on record, bicycles have outsold cars in Spain. Higher taxes on fuel and on new cars have prompted cash-strapped Spaniards to opt for two wheels instead of four. Last year, 780,000 bicycles were sold in the

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Infographic: The Evolution Of The Bicycle, From 1780 To 2000

Bicycles, believe it or not, killed the era of the corset. In the late 19th century, when a Scottish inventor who practiced veterinary medicine in Ireland developed the first pneumatic tire–rubber filled with compressed air, the kind we’re familiar with

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The Coming Battle Over Electric Bicycles

  Sleeker and cleaner than the clunky rides of yore, the newest wave of commuter e-bikes are nearly indistinguishable from regular bicycles. Many have motors located in the hub of the rear wheel, which on the best models, can sense the

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German Chancellor calls bicycles part of mobility solution

Addressing an invite-only audience of media and industry leaders, Merkel spoke of the bicycle as a mobility solution on par with automobiles. “I believe it is just as important as the international auto trade fair that I am going to

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Could Bringing Back Bicycles Fix Beijing’s Traffic Woes?

Beijing’s municipal government is urgently calling for a comeback of the old-school bicycle. In June of last year, 2,000 public bikes appeared in two downtown districts in Beijing. The cycling scheme is intended to fill gaps in Beijing’s public transit

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