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Areaware Folding Bike

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Unfold and ride. $2,250.00

The clean and striking IF Mode is aimed at commuters of the mobile generation. The IF Mode avoids oily chains, complex tubes with hidden dirt traps, and the clutter of traditional bike features. Meant for city commuters, it looks at home folded up on a subway or in an office....read more

Why the House Transportation Bill is a Bad Idea

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Proposed legislation would slash bike and pedestrian funding in favor of Big Oil

Bad ideas abound in the House Transportation Bill released this week, and green transportation activists are rightly miffed. The proposed bill would slash funding for federally-mandated bike and pedestrian programs, and use the funds made available for highway improvements. It would also increase the size of trucks allowed on highways, and reduce the amount of time required for environmental......read more

Trashed Bike Tire Tubes Turned into Stretchy Storage Units

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Upcycling ingenuity by Michael Konstantin Wolke

With a design practice focused on the endless possibilities of found materials reuse, Cologne, Germany-based designer Michael Konstantin Wolke conjures truly inventive new uses for old discarded stuff. His coolest creation may be these wardrobe units, which consist of from bicycle inner tubes wrapped around a metal frame. Super smart. Also check out his recycled cardboard light......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

Shweeb Bike Monorail

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Pedal-powered monorail technology receives $1.05 million investment from Google.

Alright, this does seem a bit too sci-fi for our world. But something about it is also very appealing, and people are taking notice. Inhabitat reports that Google just invested $1.05 million into Shweeb's bike monorail system, in which cyclists ride in clear tubes attached to monorail track, pedaling themselves along at relatively high speeds. The system is currently in place in New Zealand,......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-24-10

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Weekly links: The world's biggest wind farm, cloudscapes, and a bike that makes art.

Heads in the clouds: German climate engineering firm Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo Architects collaborated on the 'Cloudscape' exhibition at Venice Biennale. Spotted at Designboom. Artist Gulnur Ozdaglar makes jellyfish-lookin' table bowls from recycled PET bottles. Eat your Wheaties...without destroying the rainforest. Treehugger reports that General Mills will use 100% sustainable......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-16-10

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Weekly links: Kwangho Lee, ridiculous green advertising, and raver bikes.

Kwangho Lee's "Lifelike Design" exhibit at Design September in Brussels, which we discussed here, is up now at Hunting and Collecting. Check SlamXHype for story and pics. Nissan's ludicrous ad spot for the all-electric Leaf sedan is catching flak in the blogosphere. Advertising blog Copyranter calls it an "absolutely outrageously manipulative insensitive hubristic piece......read more

Bike Commuting Takes Off

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Two-wheeled urban transport expands in popularity.

In terms of energy input vs. output, bikes are the most efficient form of transportation ever invented. In Europe, cycling accounts for more than 20% of all trips taken in urban cities. These numbers blow American cities out of the water, where only 1% of trips are taken via bicycle. Part of this difference is the result of a far superior cycling infrastructure in Europe compared to the United......read more

HMK 561 Electric Bike

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IF Design Award winner by Raif Kittman.

Ralf Kittmann took home an IF Design Award for his electric bicycle concept HMK 561. This ultralight zero-emission bike concept and design is clearly novel. Unlike most concept designs we see, Kittmann created a working prototype constructed from conductive carbon fiber, which is not only an excellent conductor of electricity, but also acts as a capacitor that can store energy. Energy from the......read more

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