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?

Check out the world’s first BMX’er to complete a front flip forward bike flip

Ryan Williams completes trip off 50-foot ramp

Care for a case of the spins?

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The GIF above is 19-year-old Ryan Williams — better known for his scooter trickery — taking to his bike to complete a front flip forward bike flip at Nitro Circus.

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It’s like, once you think you’ve seen it all, kids like Williams come along and defy the laws of physics. One of the keys to Williams surviving this stunt is the speed at which he hits the edge of the 50-foot ramp. He engages the trick as soon as he is air-bound and completes the flips right before hitting the landing.

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His fellow bikers went nuts. The fans went nuts. Heck, I went nuts when I first saw this. Check out an extended cut of the video below, where you can see the stunt played out in real time.

Must-see video: The Full ‘Experiments in Speed’ Movie

Donhou Bicycle take to the salt flats and achieve remarkable benchmark on custom-built bike

One of the more heavily buzzed about cycling movies to come out this summer was Donhou Bicycles’ “Experiments in Speed.”

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The original trailer for the film made its way on to all of the major bike websites, including Prolly is not Probably, Milano Fixed, and road.cc. The film’s official premier was July 11th and it was received with much fanfare for how far-out rad of a project this whole thing turned out to be.

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In a nutshell, Tom Donhou, he of bike frame building fame, was inspired by the home-built cars of yesteryear that would tear ass through the salt flats of Utah. So much so, in fact, that he wanted to see if he could build a bike that would do 100mph based on sheer leg power.

Just this past week, Donhou Bicycle, along with their video production company Spindle Productions, released the full 9-minute of the film to the interwebs. Hundreds of thousands of plays later, it’s safe to say this thing is trending HARD. And for good reason—this movie isn’t just for the cycling enthusiast. If you’ve ever taken a bike to the top of the top hill just to ride down it to see how fast you can go, you’ll appreciate all of the hard work Donhou and his team put into this project.

Does he hit 100mph? If you have ten minutes to spare, heat up some popcorn and check out the film below to find out:

$9 Cardboard Bike is All Business

Completely recycled, totally lightweight bike can support close to 500 lbs

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This fellow here is Izhar Gafni.

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He’s an award-winning industrial designer who has worked on everything from pomegranate peelers to machines for sewing shoes. He’s also a bike enthusiast who one day read a story about a guy who built a cardboard canoe and became so inspired by the story that he decided to create a cardboard contraption of his own – a bike called the “Alfa.”

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The Alfa weighs 20lbs and can support up to 485lbs. Impressive, yes, but what really makes this story worth covering is the fact that the entire bike is made from 100% recycled materials and uses a belt-driven pedal system to make it completely maintenance free.

And because it doesn’t have a lot to it, the bike doesn’t cost a lot to make: just $9-12 per adult unit and about $5 for a kid’s version.

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Want to learn more about the project? Gafni put together a video detailing the process, which is available after the jump.

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