Air purifying bike scrubs dirty air during ride

Designers work with engineers to come up with earth-friendly means of transportation

Talk about your pedal power! A group of designers and engineers out of Thai-based Lightfrog Creative and Design recently won a super-hard-to-win Red Dot award for their approach to an air-purifying bike.

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The bike – which is still in the concept / development stages and isn’t even a prototype yet – has a filter between the handle bars (right below where you’d put your Bluetooth portable speaker) that takes in dirty air and scrubs it of its pollutant particulates.

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The bike frame, meanwhile, works kind of like a tree leaf: it converts sunlight into energy, which is then stored to a fuel cell battery, and used to power an on-board electric motor.

The by-product of this system would be, naturally, oxygen.

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In an interview with FastCoExist, creative director Silawat Virakul explained the group’s approach: “We want to design products which can reduce the air pollution in the city. So we decided to design a bike because we thought that bicycles are environmentally friendly vehicles for transportation.”

He added: “Riding a bicycle can reduce traffic jam in a city. Moreover, we wanted to add more value to a bicycle by adding its ability to reduce the pollution.”

Pretty awesome stuff!

Might this bike make its way into future bike-share programs? I don’t think I’m alone when I say I definitely hope so!

Motorbike with one wheel stands very real chance of replacing Segway

New technology can go faster than bicycles, takes up much less room

RYNO unicycle

While this thing might not look very sturdy, it’s actually remarkably safe (hence the reason why this
crazy mo-fo above isn’t wearing a helmet).

Dubbed, “RYNO”, the one-wheeled motorized unicycle is described by the company as “Half the bike.
Twice the fun.”

Clever boys. I see what you did there.

All marketing gimmicks aside, the one-wheeled bike brings a lot to the table. For one, it’s faster than your standard bicycle as it includes a five-horsepower electric motor that can (quietly) get up to 20mph with a range of (approximately) 20 miles on a single charge.

RYNO unicycle on streets.

More importantly, though, it takes up much less room than a bicycle. Or motorcycle for that matter.

The whole idea for the RYNO comes from Chris Hoffmann’s (the inventor) 13-year-old daughter who saw a one-wheeled motorcycle in a video game and asked him if he could build something similar (got to love the expectations teenage daughters have of their parents). It took him five years to build the bike and now he and his development crew are looking to secure funds to launch production and sales.

Worth noting: there’s enough space on the handlebar to make this amazing bike even more awesome with one of our extra durable portable speakers, blasting out: “They see me rollin, They hatin, Patrolling, They tryin to catch me ridin uni!”

That sounded better in my head than it looks on the screen. Ah well—check out the RYNO story below:

Running errands just got a whole lot easier with new Donky bike

Urban cargo bike does away with handlebar basket, offers creative approach to riding things around

Donky Bike

As much as I want to sit here and ridicule the Donky Bike as a hipster’s over-the-top approach to being resourceful, this thing is pretty genius. Created by British designer Ben Wilson, it features two removable racks that are mounted to a sturdy square-section beam running the length of the bike.

Donky bike frame

Why you ask? Excellent question: by doing this, the weight of the cargo is held by the frame, not the handlebars like cargo baskets.

Riding the Donky bike

Taking a look at the pictures in this post, you’ll note that the frame of the bike itself is pretty small, so it’s footprint is next-to-nothing.

Compact Donky Bike

What you can’t see is that when a rider is going at a low speed, it’s handling is exceptional, which will help reduce tip-over’s and head-over-heels flips.

Low-speed Donky bike

Video of the Donky Bike below:

Best news? With no need for a handlebar-based cargo basket, riders now have more room for our durable portable speakers.

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