It is called the Free Electric hybrid bike, and its founder is Manoj Bhargava. When an individual pedals the bike, the action drives a flywheel, which turns a generator and charges a battery. This means from just one hour of pedaling, a rural household can be supplied with energy for 24 hours.

Bhargava and his team developed the bike with a particular goal in mind. It was not to get rich; it was to help solve some of the most devastating problems our planet faces. Specifically poverty, the energy crisis, obesity, and climate change.


For the bike-riding oenophile in your life, there can’t be a greater gift than this handmade leather wine holder. Sure, not everyone needs a special device to strap wine to their bike, but if you’re someone who enjoys wine (but not cars) and wants to bring a nice gift to a party this is a great way to do it. It’s also a great way to deal with the pesky clanking around that happens if you tote a glass bottle around in your basket- not a good idea. So if you’d like to pick up one of these leather and brass beauties for your next party-on-the-go, click here to take one home from Oopsmark on Etsy for $25.

New bike helmet – Sweden

The airbag bike helmet – designed to get round the problem of 'helmet hair'. Photograph: Hovding

The Invisible Bike Helmet provides as much protection as a standard helmet – but when deflated is worn like a scarf!

Helmets divide cyclists: some won’t ride without one, others wouldn’t be seen dead in one. While the jury is out over their effectiveness, pretty much everyone agrees that your average helmet is neither a thing of beauty nor practicality. Aside from the risk of “helmet hair”, they tend to be awkward to stow away or carry off the bike.

One Swedish company has come up with an innovative design solution to these problems, however, and kindly loaned me one before its UK launch.

The Hövding Invisible Bike Helmet is worn like a scarf or snood, with a folded up inflatable helmet inside. In-built motion sensors are programmed to detect movements specific to crash scenarios, and in the event of a crash a gas inflator spirits the airbag over the wearer’s head like a hood, in 0.1 seconds. It was tested with crash test dummies.

Marketed as a fashion design solution, the helmet has a removable, waterproof, washable, fabric shell, which comes in two different designs to match your outfit (with more to come). The covering material tears strategically in the event of helmet inflation.

The helmet also meets the EU’s CE standards, providing as much protection in the event of a crash as a standard helmet.

To prevent the airbag inflating unexpectedly, it is turned on and off using a snap fastener on the zip, like a popper on a coat, and makes a beeping noise, as well as LED lights to tell you it has been switched on or off. This popper mechanism also makes it harder to accidentally turn it on in a bag, or leave it on when you’re not cycling.

One issue is that while it is perfectly comfortable when the weather is cold, on a warm summer’s day the scarf-like design may be a bit harder to tolerate.

The Hövding was designed by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. It has since been shortlisted for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2012 award and last year won a Danish design award. In countries where compulsory helmet laws are introduced, and in some cases cyclist numbers decrease as a result, I can imagine this being a viable solution.

In the words of the designers, it isn’t the cyclists who need to change, it is the product.

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This video has been taken at Zurich in summer 2011 with a canon 7d.

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“Golden Tree” by Martin Brooks – UK

A professional display of 50 No Handed Bike Moves* performed to “Golden Tree” by Martin Brooks.

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making of Orto Bikes

Spring is here! It’s time to move on two wheels!
ORTO got a lot of wheels to young Slovenian artists … They wasted no time and have decorated, creating unique pieces.

You can win an ORTO bike.
Find out how .

Magnetic Bike Light

Copenhagen Parts created interesting bike lights:

“Winters are dark, cold and long so we get the importance of good bike lights. The trouble is that there are hardly any good looking bike lights. We wanted something that looked good, worked well and, most importantly, could be fitted and removed instantly. The answer was obvious – magnets.”