This vintage-inspired racing bike reincarnates as a fully electric, modern day two-wheeler

Board track racing was hugely popular in the early 1900s (1910s and 1920s) – as bikes with pedal-powered assistance raced on tracks hitting triple-digit speeds. Yes, the sport was utterly risky, and the crowd loved it for that reason. Eventually, as sanity prevailed, the high-risk racing culture faded out, but it has left a deep mark on the sands of time. One can deem it an integral part of two-wheeler history that will be etched in motorheads’ consciousness for a long time.

Commemorating the golden era of two-wheel motorsports from the yesteryears, Italian custom moto builder GDesign has put together a nostalgic take on the adrenaline arousing era’s racers of board track racing. Called the Elettracker, the all-electric bike evokes a century ago period – so much has changed since then, hasn’t it? The bike infuses an element of modern to the retro aesthetics in the form of a pack of electric batteries shaped like the air-cooled V-Twin engines symbolic of the track racing of that time.

The custom build doesn’t end there as the racer gets a nostalgic number plate, a tank sandwiched between the bike frame’s dual top tubes and a braced tractor-like seating embellished in brown leather. Elettracker also gets bronze inverted bar-end levers having hand-wrapped leather grips. For the wheels, GDesign managed to emulate the retro white tire look with the thin spoke wheels. To complement the retro custom build, the custom builder got the faux-painted race livery done by Arinna Crippa of Lake Design. The custom bike, in a way, traverses one to the time when anything racing on wheels was purely magical – both for the racers and the fans.

Designer: GDesign

Porsche-inspired automotive concepts that exhibit ingenious design, artistry and killer speed!

Companies like Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti have reached iconic status when it comes to luxury Automotives! Their cars are specimens of ingenious design backed by menacing speed. However, there’s something about the Porsche automobiles that gets my heart thumping just a little more. Porsche cars are high on utility, performance, speed, craftsmanship, and not to mention they even exhibit a level of artistry. Automobile fanatics and designers clammer at the release of a fresh and fierce Porsche design, and in the anticipation of one, they often find themselves inspired and engaged! The result is a plethora of innovative and jaw-dropping concept designs. And here we’ve collected the best of these Porsche-inspired concepts for you. You would love to actually see them on the road, I’m sure!

The Porsche Exclusive GT started as Zakharov’s MA Thesis project and gradually evolved into one of the most futuristic Porsche designs I’ve seen in a while. The Exclusive GT ups the aggression with its sinewy, muscular form that’s visible around the wheels with elevated fenders and rear quarter panels that almost make it look like the car’s crouching. Given that the car’s required to deliver a lifetime of peak performance, the Exclusive GT comes with exaggerated air intakes around the front that result in floating headlights… a detail that slightly resembles Porsche’s Mission E, but with a more dominating presence. The design extends to the back too, with a linear tail-light surrounded by a set of outlets for the air to pass through as the Exclusive GT cuts through time and space. The car sports a carbon-fiber body (you’ll notice the texture in the render right away), which probably indicates at a future where the composite material’s more widely present, along with rear-facing cameras for side mirrors, another future-friendly detail.

The Porsche 911 Bullfrog by Alexander Prime borrows from one of the largest, most dominating animals in the frog family. In fact, look carefully and its black front literally looks like a frog’s face. Designed as a prototype for the Le Mans 24 hour race, and to celebrate Porsche’s stunning record of being present at every Le Mans race ever held and dominating most of them, the 911 Bullfrog captures the essence of the brand while still retaining the ability to look muscular and menacing. “With its oval headlights, the new generation continued to reflect the traditional 911 design. The new 911 is the sum of its predecessors: The silhouette: iconic. The design: timeless. The technology: inspired by great racing victories”, says Alexander, the designer behind the 911 Bullfrog concept.

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The 618 is a two-wheeled twist on the Porsche brand that takes direct inspiration from the 911 turbo. The result is an electric retro-modern power cruiser with a sporty silhouette that essentially looks like half a Porsche sportscar! Inspired by the flat-six architecture of the 911, the idea was to represent the flat and low center of gravity concept into the suspension and exterior design. The center hub steering concept was key in achieving the right balance between design surfaces and mechanical features. For instance, the heavy visual parts such as the directional components, front and rear arms, and even the spring configurations fall below the middle of the motorcycle. Additional features include a cool monocoque body with a Le Mans style door (where the tank would be) that opens to reveal a luggage compartment perfectly sized for storing a helmet and gloves, a sleek digital display, fan cooling, and folding footrests.

If you’re getting strong Eva (from Wall-E) vibes, you’re not the only one. The Porsche 907 Spyder Revival evokes that sort of feeling given the way it absolutely embraces clean surfaces along with the absence of color-segmentation, part-segmentation, and even the limited use of grilles and parting lines. The car’s appearance (which is an homage to the 907 Spyder racecar) is ghostly, with its incredibly sleek white surface that transitions seamlessly from bumper to spoiler, with barely a headlight or air intake breaking its overall surface. The headlights, in fact, come hidden beneath a white cover, which appears opaque externally, but allows light from the headlamps to pass through when powered on. The only discernible air intake can be found before the rear wheel, and the car, which comes with a single-seater open cockpit, doesn’t even have doors.

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If the future of racing looks anything like this, I’m highly interested! This concept Porsche race car by Zhang Ningbo showcases a highly fluid design with a slight Daniel Simon touch to it. The electric car is for a future in which drivers won’t sit within the car, but outside, with remote controllers, operating the cars like drones. A render of the cockpit shows a pretty big 360° camera where the driver would normally sit. The cockpit remains fully covered to prevent the camera from getting damaged.

The iconic 911 Spyder is something of an automotive unicorn that hasn’t been replicated, the designers accurately call it a dreamlike beast. The 411 is a design project that aims at leveling up the design game for Porsche’s hypercar by blending the best of their timeless elements from the ‘50s – ’60s with the future. The headlights are aligned with the front wheels with a smoothly wrapped bodywork as a nod to the Porsche heritage. Distinctive design details like no body cut along the front and having all the air ducts are exposed actively play a role in the performance of the car. What sets the 411 apart from the existing hypercars is that it is designed with the goal of being a luxury highway cruiser, the driver should be able to enjoy the 400 kmph speed (well, if the rules allow it) outside the runway too when they invest in a Porsche.

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Porsche loyalists often cringe at any design that veers too far away from the classic and iconic shape that’s gone largely unchanged over the years. While their attitude is “why mess with a good thing?”, designer Dong Hun Han aims to push the limits of the Porsche brand with an all-new design direction that feels more different than familiar. Called Cygnus, this low-slung supercar seems to occupy a larger footprint than the current line of compact roadsters. This wider stance is contrasted by smooth curvatures and a flowing silhouette that’s more demure than other sharp, cutting supercars like Lamborghini. Looking to the future, Han feels that this more subtle sportiness and soft yet powerful aesthetic will be adopted by many brands.

Created as an homage to his two favorite Porsche cars, the 935 and the 911, this is the Porsche 357, Clément Lacour’s pet project at making a Porsche that is viciously fast, yet has a certain sensuality. The car has the ability to depict speed and grace in a unique way. It uses organic forms to evoke feelings of elegance, but at the same time doesn’t let those organic curves dominate the design. The Porsche 357 is ultimately a flat, low-suspension car that looks like it could zip from A to B without you even knowing. It borrows from the 935’s aggressive front with incredibly low headlamps, and the extended lip on the rear, creating an aesthetic that’s emotive. The 357 seats one driver, and was designed purely for the thrill of riding a car that fully embodies Porsche’s wild spirit!

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As you know, we love a far-out concept car more than anybody, however, it’s the realism of the Porsche 911 Mission E that we’re obsessing over. This exploration into an electric version of the 911, called the 911 Mission E, actually looks like something we might expect out of the Porsche house. While it mimics the frame and overall dimensions/shape of the classic 911, it also sports a few trends found in the e-automotive movement. Enclosed fenders, scoopless side panels, and a covered nose are all aesthetic changes you won’t find in any petrol vehicles. This seamless new look is equally sporty as well as functional in terms of aerodynamics. Other interesting design notes include seemingly opaque windows and headlights.

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The Porsche 911E concept is quite a beauty to look at. Everything about it echoes grace and power at the same time. The concealed wheel design is reminiscent of the Rolls Royce Vision 100 concept we saw last year, and honestly, I prefer this look to the future where we have hub-less wheels. The butterfly doors are a wonderful addition to the automobile’s design, but I can’t seem to get my eyes off the retractable spoiler at the back, which disguises itself as an opening to the boot. Upon hitting high speeds, the flap automatically raises upwards, making the Porsche 911E look like quite the speed devil!

This racing bicycle + urban commuter is the eco-friendly ride Batman would love!

Speeding around a velodrome track at speeds of 60 mph sure is thrilling, but if that very thrill is brought to the city streets or the outskirts of the habitation, then it has its own adrenaline rush. Taking a detour from the usual design of bicycles, Prototype 0 designed by Gaetano De Cicco gives imagination wings in the shape of a two-wheeled ride that’s crafted for speed, and the pure joy of riding. If your memory aids, you Gaetano is the same designer who came up with the crazy idea of a faceless robotic pet dog that turned eyeballs a couple of months ago.

Called Prototype 0, this velodrome track racing bicycle imagined for speed heads shines out with its unibody design that’s centered on drag reduction and aerodynamic optimization for maximum acceleration with the minimum effort. The ultra-slim profile of the Prototype helps in achieving the least possible aerodynamic drag which is great for effortless commuting. The bike is a fixie – a single-speed gear bicycle that is tailored for urban riding for extra degree control. Don’t expect it to be as good for steep ascends or rugged terrain, as it’s purely designed to be a racing demon for smooth tarmac surfaces. The presence of a bigger gear shaft means that the control is going to be the ride’s forte.

While I’m imagining this bicycle to be just more than a pure race track ride, it still is optimized completely for a race track skirmish. Plus that matte black color theme is so Batcycle worthy – I’m even going to go to the extent of calling it the Batcycle of the bicycle world. That said, Gaetano’s design somehow misses to explain how this idea came about, and some bits like the retractable pedal design are still not clear as they are only visually present – minus any explanation as to how they orient in the vertical position when riding.

Designer: Gaetano De Cicco

This head-turning Italian bicycle looks like a dirt bike, but it’s actually a pedal-powered bicycle!





While on the first impression you might mistake (anyone would) this for a powerful electric bike ready to take on any terrain – it in reality is something more subtle. Yes, this is in reality a pedal-powered electric bicycle dubbed ‘Carbon’, crafted at Moto Parilla, an Italian automotive designer house. Meant to traverse any rough terrain with electric motor-assisted power when needed, the pedal-powered bicycle comes with the reassurance of fat wheels for superior grip. The wheels are perfectly synced with the equally big oversized disc brakes and the hydraulic brakes.

The composite carbon fiber and aluminum body further gives the bike a very modern appeal for new-age rider’s delight. Not to mention the toughness, agility, and durability the material brings to the ride. Add to the mix ultra-high-end shock absorbers and the girder suspension fork on the front, and the rider can take it to places with prime confidence. Carbon is designed to take on the trails, and ideal for people who can’t invest a crazy chunk of money on an electric mountain bike. Talking of the looks of this badass bicycle, it has those geometric patterns, lending it a very sharp aesthetic while still maintaining the beefed-up character.

Carbon bicycles can be had in a number of color variations and patterns to suit your personal preference. Then there are different editions to choose from like the Limited Edition produced as 130 units annually, the Mimetica that’s hand-painted by some of the best Italian craftsmen – taking almost two weeks to realize, or the Ultra version that comes with a 4000 Watts brushless motor. Moto Parilla will set you back somewhere in the region of $7,000 – $10,000 depending on the model you choose. But one thing’s for sure, the adrenaline rush of riding this is guaranteed!

Designer: Moto Parilla

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Bike tires that last a lifetime without any puncture or degradation are inspired by NASA’s rover technology

Just when you thought tubeless bike tires are the best thing on the road for your bicycle, the next revolution has arrived. The very technology that NASA uses in its Mars rover and lunar mission, has now made it through to the consumer-oriented arena in the form of METL tire developed by the startup Smart Tire Company, who’ve licensed the technology to bring to the bicycle lanes in the near future. The airless METL bike tires are crafted out of the Shape Memory Alloy Radial Technology (SMART) – made from strong (like titanium), lightweight yet ultra-elastic material (like rubber) known as NiTinol+. This magic material according to Smart Tire Company, “rearranges its molecular structure when you bend it, but instantly goes back to its original shape, perfectly.”

In fact, these tires are so good, they can last your bicycle’s lifetime – meaning you don’t ever need to bother about flat, tires, or ones with the tread wearing – needing to change to a new one. They are basically, shape-memory tires that have almost 30 times the recoverable strain limit of the steel, thereby making them ideal for any kind of rough terrain. The metal of these tires will not come in contact with the tarmac as they will be coated with a new kind of rubber-like material called Polyurethanium, which’s crafted for all king of weather conditions and has a long-lasting tread and grip for superior handling.

Since the tires are going to be targeted towards next-gen buyers, the design is as important as function. Therefore, Smart Tire Company has made it a point to embellish them in white, gold, silver, and metallic blue colorways. They plan to bring the METL tires to the consumer market in early 2022, but there is no word about the cost of these tires yet. As per Earl Cole, CEO of The Smart Tire Company, “The unique combination of these advanced materials, coupled with a next-generation, eco-friendly design make for a revolutionary product.” This shape memory alloy technology looks promising and will make it beyond just the bicycle tires for sure.

As Santo Padula, a materials science engineer at NASA pointed out, “Shape memory alloys look extremely promising in revolutionizing the entire terrestrial tire industry.” In fact, that’s just a starting point and these could make it to the four-wheelers and commercial vehicles – changing the landscape of commuting to another dimension. After all, who doesn’t want to fit their bicycle, car, or truck with wheels that will never go flat or need to be changed in a lifetime!

Designer: Smart Tire Company





This bicycle’s loop frame was designed to be easily dismantled, making it a lighter, smoother ride!





Many people who live in cities rely on bikes as their main means of transportation. City bikes are designed to be intuitive for smooth, easy rides. When coasting between traffic and stoplights, a city bike ride should feel lightweight and nimble. Through a unique approach in designing his city bike, Gaëtan Francq created Loop, a compact city bike whose parts were developed around the bike’s looped frame to deliver a fully-contained, sleek ride.

As eye-catching as Loop’s frame might be, the city bike from Gaëtan Francq Studio comes through with a lot more perks. Starting out with Loop’s handlebar, which comes packed with Bluetooth connectivity, the city bike’s simplified GPS is contained here to ensure riders won’t lose their way in new cities or on unfamiliar roads. Just below Loop’s handlebar, a storage compartment fills out the bike’s looped saddle tube, allowing riders to bring items like bottles of water or even wine along with them for the ride. With Loop, there are no more excuses for showing up empty-handed to the party.

Designed for the concrete jungle, the designers behind Loop equipped the bike with a powerful brake system called Wilwood, which can easily be replaced and worked for maintenance since Loop was also designed to be readily dismantled whenever necessary. Along with some of the best brakes in the game, Loop’s 26-inch wheels prop riders up to a familiar height for a relaxed ride. Lightweight and easy to handle, each one of Loop’s components is constructed from aluminum alloys in order to optimize the light feel of the city bike.

Loop comes with all the goods you might need for an easy city ride– GPS, speed and temperature updates, a storage compartment, and an ultralight frame. The unique looped structure of the city bike’s frame was designed to turn heads as you pass them by on the street, but also to simplify the whole body of the bike, making for an elemental city bike that looks polished, versatile, and uncomplicated.

Designer: Gaëtan Francq Studio

Loop’s handlebar contains all the information you might need for a long ride through the streets of the city.

Through different ideations, Gaëtan Francq Studio ultimately created a bike centered around its loop frame.

Loop’s aluminum alloy frame went through thermal hardening to limit its elasticity.

26-inch wheels allow riders to enjoy a familiar seated height.

Loop’s digital handlebar display signals riders of the outside temperature and time, along with the bike’s speed mileage.

Slim handlebars enhance the city bike’s overall sleek look.

Easy to disassemble for maintenance, the city bike’s design was developed around its main aluminum loop frame.

Loop comes equipped with a Wilwood brakes system for quick brake-response time.

Minimal chains and an airy design give Loop a cool, clean finish.

The bike’s main storage compartment is located just below the seat.

Through a process of thermal hardening for aluminum frames and steam curving for wood frames, the Loop structure maintains a durable combination of rigidity and flexibility.

This sleek detachable bicycle bag holds all + incorporates a rear signal light to ensure safe and comfortable rides!

Bicycle accessories can make or break any ride. Bulky bike bags or finicky water bottles can be distracting and make the ride a lot less enjoyable, and a lot more stressful. Sometimes the aesthetic of an accessory outweighs its functionality and its unique look isn’t able to ditch the stress it causes. In designing a bike storage bag that’s as mobile as it is sleek and simple, Happy Buddha Design Studio has created Mix Bag, a multi-functional and detachable bike bag that also integrates a rear light for safe travel come night.

Many modern bikes come with a rear light, signaling to the trailing traffic behind the rider that they must share the road. Often, when bike storage bags are attached to a bike behind the rider, that rear light ends up getting covered, making for unsafe riding at night and busy streets. The Mix Bag from Happy Buddha integrates a translucent compartment area and accompanying rear signal light for their storage bag to assure riders that they’ll be seen on the road even at night.

To attach Happy Buddha to their bicycle, users simply slide the Mix Bag’s translucent plastic covering onto the rear light and both can then be connected to the bicycle. The rear light projects onto Mix Bag’s plastic top to increase its visibility and brightness for nighttime riding and packed city streets. Whenever the user’s bike is left unattended, the Mix Bag itself can easily be dislodged from its joined rear light, providing portability and an added sense of security.

Ensuring that the Mix Bag is weatherproof, the designers at Happy Buddha constructed it from waterproof nylon fabric, as well as PC and ABS plastics. Pairing its durable build and slim design with intuitive assembly and attachment, the Mix Bag does not require tools or instruction for setup. With weatherproof tailoring, a clever space-saving design, and portability made simple, the Mix Bag was designed for smooth rides.

Designer: Happy Buddha Design Studio

To install the Mix Bag, slide the storage bag onto the detachable rear light and connect both to the underside of the bike’s seat.

The Mix Bag is detachable to allow for portability when your bike is left unattended.

Coming in either black or white, the Mix Bag embraces a neutral color scheme for ultimate adaptability.

Even at night, the Mix Bag’s translucent plastic top signals to the traffic behind you that you’re sharing the road.

The Mix Bag’s compact, yet roomy build allows for accessory storage for smartphones, keys, wallets, and the likes.

Bicycle accessories that’ll make your next cycling experience safe, secure, and fun!

Bicycles are slowly becoming people’s preferred means of transportation. People are ditching the fossil fuel consuming and air pollution causing automobiles for the more eco-friendly option of bikes! Not only are bicycles a boon to the environment, but they also promote good health and ensure we get our daily dose of physical exercise done. They’re a fun way of completing leg day without actually visiting the gym! Amping up your bike with handy and innovative accessories always adds to the cycling experience. From a smart self-sufficient helmet to award-winning reflector lights, we’ve curated a collection of accessory designs that’ll make your biking journey safe, secure, and fun! Bike on!

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“You’re used to changing your shoes and jacket to match the location or weather. Why shouldn’t you be able to do the same with your bike?” reTyre’s zippable tire-tread system gives your city bicycle the versatility to work off the road too. A simple zipping mechanism allows you to add a secondary, tougher tread on your tires, letting you go from riding on smooth asphalt to traversing through tough terrain. No matter the speed, the distance, or the condition, reTyre’s selection of treads make it the only set of wheels your bicycle needs… and in turn making your bicycle the only bicycle you’ll need too. reTyre’s special bicycle tire comes with a zipper lining and a selection of treads or skins that you can clad on your existing tire. The original tire works great on asphalt, and the wide variety of skins allow you to ride your bicycle on mud, gravel, rocks, or even snow. Working on straight roads, curved paths, and even on tough downhill trails, the tire treads give you exactly the grip you need, and the industrial-strength zipper system perseveres through rain, snow, or even rocky terrain… every single time. And when not in use, the treads easily fold up and go right into your backpack!

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It seems rather strange that the bicycle doesn’t come equipped with the basic accessories that motorbikes do. For example a brake (tail) light, indicators, or even rearview mirrors. Even with the relatively slower speeds of bicycles, compared to motorbikes, accidents do occur and can be pretty ugly. Here’s the RearViz, an arm-mounted convex rear-view mirror that allows you to look behind you. It comes flat-packed and can open out to reveal the mirror and even adjust in 360° to point wherever you want it. The Velcro fastener means one size fits all, and the curved mirror gives you a pretty wide-angle view of what’s behind you so you don’t have to turn to look around and risk having a bad encounter. Just remember, objects in the mirror are closer than they appear!

WertelOberfell, a Germany-based designed studio, recently debuted their energy self-sufficient bicycle helmet, ESUB Tracks. The helmet is designed to keep cyclists safe and the creative team at WertelOberfell certainly checked all their corners when considering the different obstacles cyclists face on the road. Built-in smart features buzz through this helmet and they’re powered by organic photovoltaics that gives this helmet all the energy it needs to keep you safe. In order to turn the ordinary helmet into an energy self-sufficient, smart helmet, the designers turned to science. Printed organic batteries and a Nano Arduino, a microcontroller, contained in one unit at the rear of the helmet, run the whole show and all the incorporated electric components, but the helmet’s surface provides the energy. The designers achieved the futuristic look of this helmet by wrapping flat, organic, printed photovoltaics all around in order to use the outer layer of ESUB Tracks as a PV module that absorbs sunlight and turns it into energy.

Now, this isn’t really a piece about the map per se, but rather is about being able to use your map more efficiently. Say hello to the NRG Power Stem, a power-bank that’s designed with an extremely well-defined purpose. The NRG Power Stem was designed to fit right on your bicycle’s handlebars, allowing your phone to remain charged while you have it mounted on your bike. The NRG Power Stem isn’t designed like your conventional power banks, because when your phone is attached to your bicycle, it isn’t really a conventional smartphone either. The smartphone takes the role of your bicycle’s dashboard, so the NRG Power Stem makes sure that this dashboard (and navigation system) runs efficiently and effectively, allowing you to cycle and navigate for hours without needing to charge your phone separately.

Meet the FLECTR 360 WING, from the two-time Eurobike Award-winning and German Design Award-winning company. The FLECTR 360 WING is superiorly engineered adhesive reflector panels that provide 360° coverage. From wherever a car headlight may hit the bike, FLECTR 360 WING will grab the driver’s attention making the biker visible with a stunning glow. Designed to be mounted on the rims of a bicycle’s wheels FLECTR 360 WING requires no electronics, battery, or upkeep. Their unique 3D form allows them to easily wrap around any bike wheel rim, while the extended wing design offers more visibility than before, keeping bikers safe and avoiding collisions. The FLECTR 360 WING works right out of the box, catching and scattering any light that shines on it. The reflectors come in 2 high-reflection formats, and 4 standard reflection variants in different colors.

The UFO Lights are a pair of pretty standard-looking pedals, albeit with a key difference. They come with detachable lamp modules that sit flush at the end of each pedal, and you can switch them on to help other vehicles on the road see you better. The lamp units come with 300-lumen LEDs on the inside that automatically switch on when you begin riding, and turn red when you decelerate, just like a taillight would. The lights move as your pedals rotate, creating a motion pattern that makes them easily visible in the dark – allowing cars, bikes, larger vehicles, and even pedestrians to be alerted of your presence. Beams are even cast on the road below to create a 1-meter halo, giving other vehicles a buffer zone as they overtake you.

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It’s a pain to store your bike outside because it might get damaged or stolen. It’s a pain to store your bike indoors because it carries all the outdoor grime and dirt inside along with it. Quite a dilemma, isn’t it? Velo Sock is like a massive sock for your bike that sits snugly over the tires and most of the body, making sure none of that dirt makes it to your freshly cleaned floor, or those rubber tires don’t leave skid marks on your pristine white wall. Made from a polyester and spandex blend (that are incredibly easy to wash), the Velo Socks can fit bikes that are anywhere between 1.6 to 2 meters long. What’s better is the fact that they come in an absolutely mesmerizing set of patterns that turn your bike into a piece of decorative art to liven up your indoors!

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It’s true that we have garages for our cars and motorbikes, but somehow, all the bicycle got was a bicycle rack. There are objects to tether your bicycle to, but not a dedicated space to store your bicycle in, to protect it not only from theft but also from the elements. This revelation led to Eric G. Pearson creating the Alpen, a compact, secure cocoon of sorts for your bicycle. With a hood that slides open and closed quite majestically, you can easily store one bicycle within the Alpen, and given its small framework and pleasantly sleek design, the Aspen itself can be placed (and even displayed) indoors or even outdoors. Built from virtually indestructible roto-molded polyethylene and equipped with an integrated locking mechanism, the Alpen is a custom home for your bicycle, made to protect your ride from the sun, rain, sleet, rust, and obviously, theft too. The Alpen can be secured to a floor, wall, pillar, or even the back of your truck, letting you carry your bike along with its own home wherever you go.

The TorchONE hopes to alter a scary statistic around cycling. In 2019, 56,000 cyclists lost their lives worldwide, and an estimated 60-70% of them were during low-light conditions. By integrating lights right into the helmet, the TorchONE approaches this problem with a two-fold solution – Prevention and Protection. A finalist at the 2020 EuroBike Awards, the TorchONE boasts of a streamlined, aerodynamic design that weighs a mere 382 grams with large, highly visible, removable lights on the front and back. Designed to provide 360° visibility, these are the largest lights to ever be fitted onto a bike, ensuring that they’re sufficiently visible even in bad weather. Attach them when you need and the lights can run 24/7, detach them during the day and the helmet’s weight drops to an incredibly lightweight 266 grams.

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Chances are, if you’ve ever had a bicycle breakdown, you haven’t had your tools handy to make the repair. Designed for casual and serious cyclists alike, Velojackr includes everything you need to make basic repairs and handle maintenance on the road… all squeezed into one compact case that fits any regular bicycle bottle holder! Better yet, the “tool bottle” itself transforms into a stand to protect handlebars, shifters, and handlebar-mounted tech from dirt and ground abrasion. The unit includes the case, a saddle cover, tire levers, puncture patches, and task gloves, and extra storage for other essential items. Just set it and forget it until you need to make a fix!

This smart bicycle parking pod holds 10 bikes to transform New York’s streetscape!

The number of four-wheelers in New York City is increasing, and so are the bicycles. While the former have thousands of options in and around the city to park, the latter options are limited. People in New York want to make the shift (and are already doing that) to using bicycles, but the lack of parking spaces compared to cars is a bit of a headache. According to Oonee Founder Shabazz Stuart, if only 5 percent of these curbside parking spots designated for car parking are used for bike parking, the seismic shift in the sustainable transport mode will be significant.

Hence came into existence the Onnee Minibike pod driven by the need to have a safe parking spot for bicycles. Measuring the size of an average sedan, Mini promises 10 high-quality secure bike parking spaces to get rid of any parking woes and bike theft. That means for every one car parking space used for the Mini pod, ten bicycles are sorted for hassle-free parking. On the inside, there is an air pump and the ambiance of the space is also top-notch. On the top, there is a planter box, ideal for keeping in tune with nature and create a welcoming environment for cyclists who are looking to store their bikes safely when need be. Access to the bike pod will be via the smartphone app or the keycard – eliminating any chances of bike theft that has been on the rise ever since the pandemic. Oonee is going all out with its strategy to change the urban streetscapes of New York City and other parts of the globe with lucrative insurance coverage for the bikes.

Aesthetics and matching the architecture of the location where the pod will be installed is essential, so Oonee Mini pod comes with customizable accent cladding and colors for a mix of unique settings and streetscapes. Combine that with accent lighting for warm lighting and scratch-resistant powder coat paint to protect the elements. To make the pod visible even during the darkest hours of the day, a glossy finish is applied to the pod. Things are getting exciting courtesy of the VOI sponsorship, Oonee Mini will bring two pods to the streets of New York this Spring.

Stuart’s vision coincides with that long-term micromobility, as he rightly put it in words, “People can spend billions and billions of dollars on bikes and bike share, but until we get serious about infrastructure, we’re just a community of people who ride bikes for fun. We need to start thinking about bikes and scooters and micromobility as transit, as a legitimate piece of transportation.”

Designer: Oonee

 

Circular saw blades replace the tires of this classic road bike to help it ride on ice!

Across the globe, it seems a cold front has a lot of us in its grips and cooped up indoors. No longer are we riding bikes in the sun or enjoying the outdoors, instead, we’re suffering through the double whammy of a cold winter and this endless quarantine. But for some of us, the frozen lake left in the wake of a winter storm’s rage only coaxes us from hibernation, offering more territory for us to play. For The Q, a video-content creation channel known for its quirky science videos that solve engineering problems, a frozen lake provided the ideal conditions to test out their latest project, Icyclycle  – a road bike whose tires were replaced with giant, circular saw blades.

In order to get their bike, a Corso Number One Spirit, primed for the ice, The Q entirely disassembled the bike’s 26-inch wheel systems. The tires were deflated, the spokes were removed, and the cog was soldered. The road bike’s rear cassette was first broken down into its individual components in order to then be welded and fitted for the incoming circular saw blades. Placing the round saw blades between the bike’s rear chainstays, the bike’s original chains accommodated the new saw-tires with help from a welded disc wheel. As shown in the video, once the new circular saw blades were put in place and ready to hit the ice, The Q’s initial test run didn’t go as planned.

The bike moved too deep along the y-axis, digging deeper into the ice instead of moving forward. Noticing this mechanical issue, The Q returned to the metal shop for some acute fixes that required welding small horizontal metal fixtures to the ends of each tooth around the circular saw-blade-tires. The smart fix eventually led to the success of Icyclycle since it allowed the saw-blade to simultaneously pick up and collect the ice it moved on, allowing for less force to be applied to the ground as the bike moved forward.

Quarantine is turning a lot of us into self-proclaimed DIY-buffs and this winter isn’t helping, but The Q is in a league of its own. I’d go so far as to say that when it comes to surviving this winter, The Q came, saw, and conquered.

Designer: The Q

Replacing the road bike’s tires with circular saw blades, The Q set out to create a hybrid bike that runs on ice.

Deconstructing the road bike’s original wheel system meant completely disassembling the rear wheel cassette.

The spokes were removed from both of the wheel’s hubs so that they could be adjusted to accommodate the bike’s new ice-wheels.

The disc wheel worked to help fasten and protect the steel saw blades while also providing positive friction for the bike wheels to properly rotate.

Once the road bike’s hubs were fit for the saw-blades, the new ice-wheels were easily inserted between the bike’s chainstays.

Without any means to move past the ice, the circular saw-blades’ teeth only dug further into the ice as the bike’s wheels rotated.

The design behind this wheel turns it into a type of track wheel that is commonly seen on construction sites or during the early morning hours following a bad snowstorm, as track wheels make it harder for vehicles to sink into the ground.