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An interesting proposal, I am not totally sold, but I like where this is going. The left turns across pedestrian traffic worry me slightly, but honestly it probably wouldn’t be that bad, as the cyclists would have to slow to turn anyway.
Tags: intersection design, theory, video
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A fun and easy solution to the accidental skirt flash when getting on your bike. Easy and cheap!
Tags: fun, in yo pants, penny, video
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Bikes are a surprisingly effective way to teach tricky physics.
For instance, did you know you wouldn’t be able to steer a bicycle in zero g?
When you were learning to ride a bicycle you thought gravity was your enemy, trying to make you fall over. But without gravity, you wouldn’t be able to steer, say Cornell engineers. To demonstrate the concept, they built a hybrid vehicle they call a “bricycle” – a cross between a bicycle and a tricycle – that demonstrates what it would be like to ride a bike in zero-G. (Assume you have magnetic wheels to keep you on the floor.) (via)
Watch the video for a full demonstration on just how hard it would be to steer a bicycle in zero g.
You might also find this interesting. If you were to pull straight backwards on the lower pedal of a bicycle which way would the bicycle go?
Seems simple…right? Think you know the answer? Click here to see a demonstration. Did you guess correctly?
Tags: bicycle, math, physics, video
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Pretty awesome bike repair stations in East Boston that doesn’t have any bike shops.
Tags: bike repair stations, video
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Hmmm…I never really had trouble figuring out what to do with my “old fashion” “non-folding” bike helmet. But this looks interesting.
And they claim it will meet crash test standards as well.
Before it can be sold in the U.S., it must meet safety standards set by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Those tests measure the G-force of a helmet-covered fake head dropped onto anvils.
“The factory is building it to pass U.S. testing standards, but whilst we are in the preproduction stage, we can’t have official testing,” Woolf says in an e-mail. “The factory makes millions of helmets for the U.S. market each year and has the largest in-house helmet testing facility in the world, so they know the standards that they are going to need to meet.”
Tags: folding helmet, NPR, video
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A while I posted about some amazing pictures of bike culture in Cuba. A couple days later I got this awesome email/video.
Thanks Diego for more info on how bikes are used in Cuba!
We are a production team specialising in web documentaries and have completed a short film on Havana bicycle culture which we believe may be of interest to Boston Biker.
The documentary provides an insight into Cuban bike tradition and the mechanics who help keep the hundreds of Habaneros who still rely on bicycles on the road.
A bicycle revolution took place in the country in the 1990s during the five-year ‘Special Period’ of austerity, when Cubans embraced them as an alternative mode of transport. Once cars returned to the island, the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.
You can view the video here:
If you wish to see more of our videos or find out more about us, please visit www.kaurimultimedia.com.
Many thanks in advance for your time.
Tags: bikes, cuba, video
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Here it is in all its glory, in case you couldn’t make it. Sure it might not contain EVERY detail I reported yesterday…but the first day of April can be a tricky day to be on the internet.
Tags: 6th annual, Boston Bikes, update, video
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But if for some insane reason, you absolutely must be hit by a car, make it like this.
I can’t get over how this mattress soars off this truck, knocks the bike out from under this guy and then he just lands on the mattress…amazing.
Dear drivers, slow down, and tie your bed down better.
Tags: video, wtf
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