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Gear and Gadgets: Spin into the Future with Innovative Bikes and Trikes

(1st row from left) From bicycles that fold to solar-powered e-bikes and even walking bikes, this batch of innovative two- and three-wheelers has almost every rider’s needs covered. Take a ride into the future with these unique modes of transportation.  This origami-inspired Fold Bike, designed by Tim Gerlach and Eason Chow Wai Tung, has a wheel that folds into just a quarter of its size for easy storing.  Solar-bike: This solar-powered electric bike, developed in Copenhagen by Jesper Frausig, can travel about 40 miles on a full charge. The solar panels in the wheels harvest sunlight and store the energy in a battery attached to the frame. Jet -bike:  A two-wheeled rocket-powered jetbike called Jet Reaction can reach speeds of 400 miles per hour. Oxford-based engineer Richard Brown developed the bike and will be running speed tests this weekend in an attempt to break the two-wheeled land speed world record this fall.

(2nd row from left) E-bike: This e-bike, which has the ability to fold, is called the Mando Footloose. It has neither a chain nor a belt drive, but instead relies on the rider’s pedaling to charge the bike’s lithium-ion battery. Comfy Seating: Australian manufacturer Hiele has created the Trivek, a semi-recumbent delta tricycle that allows riders to sit back in a comfy seat while still remaining upright enough to be seen by motorists. Child-Cycle-Carrier: This trike brings a new look to the rider carting his or her child along. The Boxer Rocket, inspired by aircraft, allows up to four children to go along for the ride in a front “rocket” shell, which is equipped with two bench seats.

(3rd row from left) Safety: Many people hesitate to commute by bike because of a fear of getting hit. Crispin Sinclair Innovation, based in London, is addressing this head-on with the Babel Bike, which is being marketed as “the world’s safest bicycle” — thanks to features such as a protective cage around the rider and the option for electric assistance during pedaling, when needed.  Walking Bicycle: The Walking Bicycle Club developed the Walking Bicycle to create a machine that’s faster than walking but easier to ride than a standard bicycle. It’s a kind of elliptical cross trainer on wheels that can reach speeds up to 15 mph with its electric motor. Unstealable Bike: This bike, called Yerka, uses its own frame as its lock. It can be wrapped around a tree or lamp post. It’s the masterpiece of three engineering students from Chile and Smart Bike: The high-tech Rogue C6 bicycle’s carbon fiber frame is up to 60 percent lighter than steel or aluminum bikes of similar sizes and uses a carbon fiber belt drive that is lighter and lasts longer than a chain. The bike also boasts dual platform pedals and hydraulic disc brakes. The bike has lights in the handlebars and the seat post and can sync up with an app for GPS and to display information such as speed, cadence and elevation.


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