Is this what the world’s fastest bike looks like?

Students design new looking bike in hopes of breaking record

Now this is some pretty cool stuff – below is a proposed image of a new speed bike as conceived by students out of Liverpool University.

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The reason why it looks absolutely nothing like a bike is because it’s specially designed to break the world’s pedal-powered speed record of 90mph. Referred to as the “ARION 1”, the bike sits inside this pill-shaped housing unit, which is made of carbon-fiber, and the rider navigates their cycle using a camera and on-board monitor.

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According to the students, early studies indicate the bike is approximately 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron super car.

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“The project is no simple undertaking but, at this stage, just six months in, we are in a great position,” said Ben Hogan, one of the inventors.

Hogan and the rest of his mates expect production of the bike to be completed by the end of the year. They plan on making a formal attempt at breaking the aforementioned pedal-powered record at the September 2015 World Human Power Speed Challenge, which is being held in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

For those curious, the world record presently stands at 83.1mph, which was set by a Dutch team last year.

It’s a nifty concept; our only question is – where do we clip on our Bluetooth speaker?

Designers make a bike out of old soda cans

A wooden frame and some mechanical pieces are all that’s needed for this can-bike

Want to recycle but hate taking the trip down to the depository. Here’s a solution: build a bike out of all your old soda cans.

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At least, that’s what Valencia-based designer Dan Gestoso did. His concept bike, called “Boske”, looks like it came straight out of an Ikea catalogue.

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The frame is made of curved, laminated wood, but mechanical pieces like the front fork and seat base are made out of aluminum taken from recycled soda cans.

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Monster truck trike crushes everything in its way while keeping the rider from sinking in snow and sand

Standard Bearer Machines’ new Juggernaut is all muscle

It’s hard to look tough when riding a trike, but if you’re ever seen riding this three-wheeled cycle of muscle, you’ll probably get more “oohs” and “aahs” then laughs and mocks.

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Taking full advantage of the rising fad that is fat-tired bikes, Rungu’s new Juggernaut adds a third wheel to not only crush anything that gets in the rider’s way, but also make it easier to ride on soft surfaces.

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The aforementioned soft surfaces would, of course, be sand snow, which fat tire bikes are designed for. With the additional front wheel, the bike is less likely to sink or get stuck; it also adds stability and helps the rider stay balanced when traversing uneven surfaces.

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The two front wheels turn together thanks to some intelligent linkage assembly, and with all the bracket space plus two handlebars, there’s plenty of room for multiple Bluetooth speakers to be clipped on.

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Do note that while this bike is probably every bit as awesome as it sounds, there is a LARGE price tag associated with owning such a well-engineered piece of cyclary. Starting price: $2500.

Plus tax.

Plus shipping.

Maybe I’ll just sit here and admire the bike via the promo video the group put together instead:

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!

Pedal-less kid’s bike from Porsche gives youngins taste of the good life in their early years

Ridiculously cool ride is stupidly priced

Oh Volkswagen—we love your cars. From the Jetta to the Porsche, you put out many a quality product.

But why? Why would you ever come out with something like this?

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That there is the Porsche Kid’s Bike, a pedal-less ride that gives the kid who has everything just a little bit more of the good life.

Built using lightweight aluminum and sporting the Porsche logo, this two-wheel starter bike comes with cushioned handlebars, ergonomic saddle, and the best sounding bell money can buy.

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Naturally, as it is a Porsche brand, the bike is convertible. An extension handle can be attached to it so that the parent, er, nanny, can push the child along the street or sidewalk.

When the little one is a bit older and their feet can touch the ground, the handlebar can be removed and he or she can use the bike to coast themselves along.

The obvious question: how much does something like this cost? Well, in true Porsche fashion, the bike does not disappoint: $435.

Eek.

Good luck topping that gift next holiday season.