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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 29, 2019, 09:24:59 pm »

😎 How I Built a Cargo Bike for under $100
By Johnny Wikk in WorkshopMetalworking

Full instructions:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 19, 2018, 09:54:42 pm »

How Popular Are Bicycles in the Netherlands?

Amsterdam is nicknamed "the Venice of the North," but rather than gliding down canals in gondolas, the residents of the Dutch capital prefer to pedal on the pavement. According to recent statistics, there are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam  ;D, and 40 percent of all travel there is done by bike -- compared with about two percent in London .

Amsterdam is so into pedal pushing that an enormous system of bike paths has been developed to allow cyclists to go anywhere they like, shunning what little car traffic is still stubborn enough to exist.

Bike Paths in Amsterdam

And it's not just Amsterdam -- most of the Netherlands is all about bikes. The nation has around 22,000 miles (35,406 km) of cycling paths, and all of the larger Dutch cities employ civil servants specifically tasked with maintaining and improving the daily lives of riders.

Bike by popular demand:

֍ There are approximately 1 billion bikes in the world, with China leading the pack at roughly 400 million.

֍ Bicycles existed before the word "bicycle" did; in their original 1830s form they were called "velocipedes."

֍ The fastest speed recorded on a bicycle is 167.044 mph (268.831 km/h)  :o, set by Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg in 1995.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 07, 2017, 03:43:30 pm »

How to Build a Two Wheel Cargo-bike

 by GiulioC14 in bikes


This is the story of an old MTB frame, a newborn daughter, a big love for cycling and how all that eventually led to the creation of a Cargo Bike. It was 2011.

Some years later (and many other Cargo builds) our project of recycling old MTB frames eventually turned into a bigger one. But that is another story.

In any case, even if a long time has passed from that first bike, we are still very passionate about Cargo Bikes as we think they really can make a difference in urban mobility. So we thought..what about sharing our experience, to help as many people as possible to build their own bike? Of course the answer was yes!   

Pictures and FULL, detailed instructions: 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:31:08 pm »

First fully manned Hoverbike!  :o  ;D
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 01, 2016, 05:14:38 pm »

A tutorial, also free, by Tony's Trailers 

Part 7 of a 9 part series on how to build a bike trailer from a shopping cart and old bicycles - All parts usually free.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 29, 2016, 02:35:43 pm »

Yes, my slave is looking for my favorite fire hydrant. 

Bicycle Sidecar for your Dog 
by travderose

The inspiration for this project came from stevebod and the bicycle sidecar he built: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Bicycle-Sidecar/

After seeing stevebod's build, I immediately became intrigued and knew I had to build one for myself. There was only one problem: I don't have a child to ride in my sidecar. I do, however, have a dog named Dewey who would love to go on bike rides to the dog park. So with this solution, I began building my sidecar!

I built mine to be adjustable and pivot like stevebod's design but mine isn't exactly the same. I didn't need to make mine as sturdy as his because mine would only hold a 15lb dog, not a child. I also wanted mine to be able to be quickly attached and detached without the use of a wrench. I also had the goal of building it without welding mainly because I don't have the supplies for welding and I don't want welding to intimidate people who want to build this. So with that, let's get to it!

Step 1: What You'll need

Supplies You'll Need:
•Metal• (18") of 2"x1" rectangular aluminum
• (64") of L-shaped aluminum
•(4") of thick 2" wide steel strip
•(12") of 1" wide aluminum strip

•JB kwikweld
•Black Plasti Dip (can also be bought at home depot)
•(2) J-bolt style Gate Hinges (I got mine at Home Depot)
•16" Bicycle Wheel
•Wood •1/4" plywood
•the thinnest plywood you can find
•1/2" plywood
•1x2 lumber
•1x3 lumber

•Hardware •1/2" long lath screws
•(2) Cotter pins appropriate for a 1/2" shaft
•(8 ) [3/8" x 1-1/2"] bolts with appropriate lock washers and nuts
•(6) [3/8" x 2-1/2"] bolts with appropriate lock washers and nuts
•(2) [1/4" x 1-1/2"] bolts with appropriate lock washers and nuts

•Gray spray primer
•Flat black spray paint
•(1 quart) flat paint for your sidecar
•(13" x 28") 3" thick cushion foam (I got mine at a local upholstery supply shop)
•(1 yard) vinyl faux leather (I got mine at a local upholstery supply shop)
•(8') 3/4" polypropylene strap
•(2) 3/4" metal bolt snaps
•(2) 3/4" metal slides

*Before we begin I would like to note that I have written this instructable in the most logical order in which you should build this sidecar. However because it was my first time building this sidecar, I didn't build it in the most logical order. So you may notice some things are painted or finished in photos before we have even gotten to that step. This is because I have reordered everything to make it as logical and easy as possible for you.

Full details with pictures at link: 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2016, 07:28:11 pm »

I'm considering adding a trailer to the Ewz, but so far I don't need it.  I have plenty of cargo room with the baskets and the floor of the scooter.


I agree. If you ever do add a EWZ trailer, I look forward to you sharing pictures of it and your experience with it.  8)

If I do, it will likely be the Maya Single Wheel Trailer that comes in around $200 with shipping.

It also converts to a hand cart wheel barrow.

For me, besides the  BEER, that is EZ 1 month in groceries.

If I am not producing Beer on location, unless I have a Big Rig at my disposal I have to ship it the last mile to my digs on a weekly basis.  lol.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:08:25 pm »

Copenhagen Cargo Bikes     

Cargo Bikes GALORE!

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2016, 03:32:23 pm »

Nihola Cargo Tricycle

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:40:35 pm »

The Aquaduct bike (video)


The Aquaduct is a bike that purifies water! Pour water into one tank at the back, and start on your way home. The pedal power activates the filtration system and when you arrive, the clean tank at the front is filled with filtered water.

This is a product designed for the developing world, where women typically transport contaminated water and must boil it at home, wasting wood and energy all along the way.

A family of 4 needs a minimum of 20 gallons per day.

The Aquaduct can also be used to filter water while stationary.

What an inspiring invention! 

--Bibi Farber

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: June 03, 2014, 10:39:25 pm »

This pedal-powered wienermobile puts the joy in your morning commute

By Jim Meyer

Have you always wanted to bike to work but didn’t have a good place to keep your coffee? Love the idea of riding but grossed out by tooth bugs and drizzle? Maybe you thought the idea of a bicycle was cool but always secretly hoped to travel in what appears to be an enormous yellow ****? Well wait no more, fickle commuter, the Velomobile is here! Or there’s one in Baltimore, at least, and if you can ride one in Baltimore, a town nearly as bicycle friendly as it is dog sled accessible, you can ride one anywhere!

Velomobiles are three- or four-wheeled human-powered vehicles with a full fairing to keep you out of the elements and to provide a bit of extra protection in a dust up with a texting cager. (Heck, kick back in this recombinant-style number, and you too can join the dangerous world of texting while commuting!)

Greg Cantori, an avid velomobilist (Velomobilite? Velomobanaut? Velomobatman? That’s the great thing, they’re so new you can call yourself whatever the hell you want!) told Julie Scharper of the Baltimore Sun, “There’s a sense of freedom you don’t have in other modes of transportation. There’s a happiness effect.”

Doesn’t he worry about getting flattened?

Cantori says that he feels very secure in the velomobile.

“I feel more safe in this than I have in 25 years of biking,” he says. Because the velomobile is so aerodynamic, he can keep up with traffic without over-exerting himself. And the vehicle’s shell offers an additional level of protection.

His wife, Renee Cantori, says she feels that her husband is as safe in the velomobile as he would be in a car.

“It’s a bright yellow bullet. You’d have to be blind to miss it,” she says.

Another cool thing is that velomobiles can have some pretty killer sound systems, but be warned, you’ll need to really crank it to hear it over the sound of your own awesomeness.


Look out Fossil Fuelers, this vehicle is going to EAT YOUR LUNCH!  

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:44:56 pm »

Earth Policy Institute Projects Bike Fleets To Quadruple By 2014, Shared Bikes Increased 10 Fold Since 2004  ;D
Since 2004, in 500 cities and 50 countries, shared bicycles have increased 10 fold. These numbers are not slowing down, but increasing.

The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) projects that even the US, which lags behind, has (in 2012) 21 schemes with 8,500 bicycles, and the EPI expects the fleet to more than quadruple by 2014.

Americans are catching on and catching up with the rest of the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if we caught up to Paris not only in bikes but in price, where the rental fees for sharing a bicycle cost $2.30. Paris works with JCDecaux, an advertising firm, which pays for the program in exchange for advertising space on bus stops and billboards. In Paris, the Vélib scheme, which opened in 2007, has already racked up 173 million journeys. At that price, why would one not bike?

Photo credit: Claudio.Ar / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Bicycle share systems work on the essential idea that a person hires a bicycle at one of a number of docking stations around the city, and returns it there or to another one. Generally, the first 30 minutes are free for members. There is variation in this regards, though. Annual memberships vary from a $35 deposit to a $145 fee. Typically, the longer one uses the bike, the more fare increases.

Photo credit: Khánh Hmoong / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

Country to country and city to city, however, one finds many differences in the systems. For example two-wheelers vary from the jangles of basic frames without a high-tech style in Hangzhou (China) to the polished, fully accommodating, high-end models with built-in GPS and smart tablets that will be launched in Copenhagen next month.

Take heart, Americans. Note the inherent struggle within the story of bicycle sharing systems. The Economist explains a short history of bike sharing programs: even the Dutch with their leading, inspired bicycle culture had an uneasy start with this concept.  ;) In the 1960s, bicycle sharing began as 50 “free bikes” were placed around Amsterdam. The wholesome idea was met with theft and all the bikes were soon gone.  >:( Following that, bicycle advocates for shared bicycles elsewhere implemented coin-operated bicycle stations. They were also stolen. >:(  ???

Okay, so fresh ideas still need considerable protection from the underbelly of a city. It was only after those attempts that the problem of theft was solved. Innovative bicycle advocates came up with electronic docking stations and credit-card payments.  

Continuing, The Economist reports that, “Susan Shaheen, an expert on sustainable transport at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks that bike-sharing is now heading towards a fourth, less wobbly generation. Innovations such as mobile solar-powered docking stations and IT-based redistribution systems (to get the bikes to the right place at the right time) are already well established. Some cities are now moving on to offer seamless integration with public transport.”  

The broken system of gas-fueled autos is our undoing. As this structure fails, better waves of transit prevail. There is adventure in the open road, the open air. Recreated transit structures offer combination travel: mass transit, pedestrian pathways, and bike shares conveniently working together. Bike shares offer a lifestyle that recreates the broken system. Bike shares are part of a new, working system, and improved cultural identity.

Time to start more education with the young on bicycle safety rules, as well as providing them with bikes.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:43:29 pm »

How Popular Are Bicycles in Europe?

Bicycles in Europe are so popular that in 2012, they outsold cars in every European country except Belgium and Luxembourg. In Spain, 2012 was the first year that bicycles outsold cars, while in Italy, it was the first time since World War II.

The popularity of bicycles in Europe during the early 21st century is thought to be because of economic struggles in European countries, which helped cause automobile sales to reach a 20-year low.  European governments have also encouraged bicycle use.

For example, in the Netherlands, there are bicycle "school buses" — children on a 12-person bicycle rig that is led by an adult — and in Denmark, there are highways reserved for cyclists.
More about bicycles:

In 2012, the bicycle was the world’s most popular form of transportation, with more than 133 million bicycles produced.

Only about 1% of commuters in the US travel by bicycle,  :( compared with 30% of commuters in the Netherlands and more than 50% in China.

Germany was the European country that purchased the most bicycles in 2012, at more than 3.9 million.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:42:02 pm »

Save gasoline and labor! Pull up to your farmer's market or grocery store and drive right in! No more annoying back bending loading your car to unload at your house! You only need to offload the goodies (in your kitchen) once!  ;D

Just think, you can lower your carbon footprint and afford more beer simultaneusly! And with all that pedaling, the beer won't even make you fat!

Cargo Bike Grocery Cart  Yes!   

Beer lover's bicycle (It's HARD to run out!) 

JIT (just in tiime) Keg Party Bike

Serious weather protected cargo bike

Renewable energy veggie business bike  :emthup:

Have you (and your business partner) got strong legs? Then you can make money moving stuff with this!  ;)

This is ridiculous!  ;D Those Shanghai cargo bikers must have STRONG LEGS! (and NO HILLS!) :o
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« on: May 25, 2014, 03:10:14 pm »

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« on: February 08, 2014, 11:12:25 pm »

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