Bikes

Bikes are great. Why?

  1. After 120 years, the core design and technology of bikes remains nearly unchanged. Then and now, bikes are the the most energy efficient way to get from point A to point B, even when compared with walking or the most efficient trains. Old tech, but got it right.
  2. Bikes might be the only way for a person to address most of the major problems cities face today. Can you think of another affordable and accessible thing you can do that hits so many troubles? Climate, energy, health, financial, health, urban congestion. Bikes are a global solutions at a human scale.

Enough about the big picture. What about you? Bikes can do so much for you, your wallet, your health, your stress, and your neighborhood.

Why reinvent the wheel?

While bikes have changed little, their riders and cities around them have changed profoundly. We need new means to keep bikes possible and to make them probable. In many cities, cycling is less safe and more difficult than it should. The best way to change that? By connecting riders, their knowledge and their experience to each other, their community, and the city.

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The modern “safety bicycle” was first produced in 1886. The geometry and proportions, most components and their functionality remain the same. Despite the technology’s age, cycling remains the most efficient mode of transportation, using a fraction of the energy required to walk and a mere percentage of the energy required by the most advanced and efficient trains and cars.

Bicycles are a rare tool for intervention in a world struggling with massively complex issues. Energy, climate, and financial are a few systems in crisis. Urban congestion and our personal health also require our attention. Bicycle riding might be the one and only affordable, accessible, human-scale intervention that enables an individual to address all of these issues at once. It can do all of this without additional time and effort beyond our daily routines.

The age and simplicity of bikes has surprisingly left us confused about the physics that makes it possible. New experiments have demonstrated that what we “thought about bicycle self-stability for the past 110 years is wrong… Neither gyroscopes nor trail are necessary.”