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Running-powered bike is ridiculous

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Running-powered bike is ridiculous
I don’t care who you are, you’re going to look silly riding running this thing. To make things worse, it isn’t a true bike, but rather a tricycle. The idea here is that there are no pedals, so this thing is fueled by running and a sore crotch.

When you pick up enough speed, hop on the foot holds and coast. The video below is pretty funny. What this thing amounts to is a bike sized frame being rammed up your crotch. I have no more words.

The XO Move concept bike moves us

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2008

The XO Move concept bike moves us
It looks like a cross between a transformer and a weird futuristic pod on wheels. The idea is that when parked, it will transform and lock up easily for security. Another great selling point is that it’s adaptable to user needs, capable of carrying one or two people and even has a variable wheel base for more road stability.

Who knows when we’ll see something like this on the roads, but it’s a great idea and more importantly it looks awesome. I’m all for anything that makes the world look more like a Sci-Fi flick. It beats the hell out of a moped.

Dr. Seuss called, he wants his bike back

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

Dr. Seuss called, he wants his bike back
Ok. This one is pretty self-evident. It’s a bike that has had it’s wheels replaced with shoes. Yeah…Ok…See, this is what happens during a night of drugs and bike building. I like it, but at the same time, I really want this guy to turn the bike upside down, crank the pedals, and start kicking his own ass. Video below.

Modified monster Segway sports 6 wheels

Posted in Personal Transport by Darrin Olson on March 25th, 2008

Custom Segway 6-wheelerCheck out this guy with a little too much time and money on his hands with a customized Segway. The personal transport device is outfitted with what looks like 6 small car tires, three on each side, making it the widest and possibly the most impractical Segway we’ve seen yet. The tires stretch it out two feet on either side and sound like they add as much noise as they do traction. Check out the video after the jump.

Your own home-made spacecraft for $3500

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2008

Your own home-made spacecraft for $3500
If you’re in the market for a new spacecraft, this space ship in excellent condition could be yours. It’s a 4 passenger model and even has the original owners’ manual. Better still, no dents or dings from meteors or other space debri. Only 300 million Intergalactic miles.

Screw you Richard Branson. I’m on the next flight out of here. I’ll figure everything out while I’m up there. My first priority is figuring out how to cope with the lack of bathroom facilities. They are only asking $3500 (or best offer).

CES 2008

$15,000 Tank Chair for the disabled

Posted in CES 2008,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

$15,000 Tank Chair for the disabled
Disabled or not, this is the way to get around and tell people that you are the man. Pedestrians will be sure to either get out of your way or get crushed. Designed for the disabled, the Tank Chair is an off-road, all-purpose wheelchair that’s turning a lot of heads at the CES show.

It’s one tough chair and is built out of a one-piece steel chassis with the tracks made from rugged rubber and lightweight aluminum struts. It boasts a top speed of 5 mph, the Tank Chair Mk II has 24V, 2HP, 127RPM variable speed motor that gets its juice from four Optima Deep Cycle batteries.

The LongRanger electric bike

Posted in Automotive,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2007

The LongRanger electric bike

The LongRanger electric bike is basically a mountain bike with a motor assist. Yes, it’s street legal and not as dorky looking as some attempts at an eco friendly bike. You can build it to get up to 62 miles with a single charge and you can customize it to suit your needs by altering the top speed, acceleration, weight or range. Short or long distance travelling is not a problem.

You can even add a solar charger to the system so you don’t have to worry about maintenance. You are basically paying $14.99 USD for instructions on how to build the thing. It’s a great environmental alternative to loud noisy bikes while getting around at decent speeds.

Sick Brick: The Dodge Tomahawk I

Posted in Automotive,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2007

The Dodge Tomahawk I

The Dodge Tomahawk I bike literally looks like some sort of Sci-Fi rocket on wheels. It’s powered by a Dodge Viper V10 engine which produces 500bhp and 525 lb-ft torque. It also claims to be the world’s fasted motorcycle and can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 2.5-seconds, achieving 300mph top speed.

At that speed, colliding with bugs will likely put a hole in your face. The tires apparently had to be custom made by Dunlop. There are two Dunlop P120/60R-20 tires in the front and two P150/50R-20 in back. You can see a video of it after the jump.

Yamaha bike distracts you with the web

Posted in Automotive,Concepts,Personal Transport,Yamaha by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2007

Aside from distracting you with the wonders of the web, the bike can be easily turned on and off using specific cell phones.Some things are meant to be. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Ben and Jerry, Brad and Angelina. And now apparently, biking while surfing the web. I’m talking about the Bobby prototype electric bike from Yamaha motors. Pedestrians will never know what hit them, while you read your favorite blog. Aside from distracting you with the wonders of the web, the bike can be easily turned on and off using specific cell phones.

Some other features you can use when you are no longer impressed with having the web on 2 wheels are: a collapsible seat, fold-in rear wheel, handlebars and footrests making the bike a breeze to store.

Toyota I-Real one-ups the Segway

Posted in Cars,Concepts,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 10th, 2007

Toyota I-RealThe segway is just a scooter compared to this. Toyota has a new concept car called the I-Real. Aside from “Minority Report” futuristic good looks, it’s made of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic and even sports operating controls in the side arm rests, rather then using an outdated device known as the steering wheel.

Apparently it can reach speeds up to 18.6 miles per hour. And just like any futuristic vehicle should, it goes from an upright position to a reclined position when it hits High-Speed Mode. At the moment it remains just a concept, so for now the Segway is safe. But it’s days may just be numbered.

Is frog-inspired design the future of biking?

Posted in Concepts,Outdoors,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2007

Frog inspired bike design conceptDesigner Alex Suvajac apparently thinks so. Obviously frogs inspire him. The result is a sleek concept track bike that looks a lot like an aerodynamic racing amphibian on two wheels. It is as much a work of art as it is a bike, blending space age and technological looks with nature.

I’m not sure about leaning that far forward to hold onto the handlebars. Then again, this beauty is obviously built for speed and since “being one with nature” is obviously the theme, why not lean into it and merge with the frame. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean swallowing a bug or two along the way. As cool as this bike is, it remains just a concept for the moment. It is however, proof that nature has a lot to offer when combined with technology. Especially aesthetically.

iSlide hydrogen powered skateboard

Posted in Concepts,Personal Transport by Reuben Drake on September 21st, 2007

iSlide concept looks like a skateboard and is powered by a hydrogen fuel cellUnfortunately the iSlide is still a conceptual transport device, but the idea looks pretty good and it’s getting some due attention. Designed by Ofir Tal in Israel, the iSlide would be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell to provide clean, personal transportation in a similar fashion to a Segway, but in a skateboard-like design.

The iSlide has a single wheel in the center that drives it, and is controlled by tilting it forward to move forward and back to slow down. The ends appear to also have some “wheely bars” to help with balance and it even has a light on the front for traveling at night. It’s top speed is a little under 10 miles an hour which isn’t too bad for a skateboard.

via GoodCleanTech

Riding the WheelSurf

Posted in Personal Transport by Chetz on September 17th, 2007

WheelSurf 2007 is a powered wheel that you ride insideThe Netherlands-based WheelSurf company showed off the specs of its 2007 model at last weekend’s NextFest event. If you like the idea of riding a personalized scooter that catches the eye of the public but a Segway still seems lame, then this mobile circle may be for you.

Powered by a Honda GX31 4-stroke engine, the WheelSurf 2007 delivers 31 cc of horsepower and 7,000 RPMs, and surprisingly it only weighs 50 kilos. You operate it by sitting down on it like a bike, grabbing the handlebar and then accelerating/braking using the right handle. The outer wheel revolves around propelling you forward while keeping the center level with the horizon.

Your Char Awaits

Posted in Personal Transport by Chetz on June 18th, 2007

Easy Glider lets you ride in styleIf you were thinking of getting a Segway at one time but decided not to then maybe you should pay heed to the Easy-Glider. This novel vehicular invention was one of the winners at this year’s Ipso BrandNew Awards category for Sport and Style. It’s a personal movement device like the Segway but with a more sportier look and a couple of other features not found on the IT. For starters the Easy-Glider comes in a variety of fun colors, has headlights so you can ride around on it at night and it has a detachable “char”, shorthand for the chariot-like trailer that you would stand on. That means you can remove the char and go inline skating or boarding using the front-end wheel unit to pull you along.

The Easy-Glider has a top speed of 12 MPH and gets you around …

NYPD Gets Segways

Posted in News,Personal Transport,Segway by Chetz on May 18th, 2007

NYPD purchases 10 Segway Personal Transportors for police patrolThe New York City Police Department has purchased 10 Segway Personal Transporters for its force and will start using them for patrols in the city’s parks beginning this summer. The Segway PT has been slightly modified for police duty and now sports an extra bar for lights and a siren, reflective police labels, a handlebar bag for the cop gear, LED taillight and extra support for standing on the mat and cargo frames that also serve as lift handles.

Remember five years ago when guys like Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com said that the Segway would be the biggest thing every for cities and people would flock to use one. It never happened because essentially it’s a spiffed-up scooter and there’s no place to put your groceries, take passengers or stay dry and warm when it’s lousy outside. Who …