World record speeds

Since the day I learned the principle of a velomobile, I was fascinated. But some people go further… From 2010 onwards students from the TU Delft and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are trying to optimize a self-buld bike to break the world cycling record, currently set at 133 km/h. The results are the VeloX1 and VeloX2. A lot of detailed info can be found on this website. Including these awesome movies… A new team just started working on a third project.

 

 

 

 

Around the world

Ebrahim Hemmatnia has a mad, but brave idea. Using only peddle power he’s going travel around the world, more or less by following the equator. He and his team have designed a ‘bike’ called Ad Infinitum. The bike has a total length of 6 meters and a with of 1,4 meters. It has four wheels and is made in the shape of a canoe. A necessity because he will not only travel over land, but also over water. In total he will cover 35 000 km over water and 15 000 km over land, starting and (hopefully) finishing In Dakar (Senegal). To be continued…

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Carrying things around by bike

As you could already guess, it’s my goal to use bikes as much as possible for transporting things. Beside cargo bikes there are a few very handy or very nice designed bike tools for the job…

The winner of the beauty contest must be MAIK‘s bike crate. What are the Danish good at designing bikes and bike accessories!!!

Bil the trailer from Surly Bikes is capable of carrying 136 kg and loads just over 1,6 meters.

My absolute favorites in heavy duty trailers are the ones from Bikes at work. They produce a trailer capable of carrying 136 kg. Due to the modular system you can choose how long your trailer will be for the job and choose the position of the wheel. In the most extreme setup you can pull a load of 4,57 meters!!! Not sure how you can do this in traffic…

Of course there will be other trailers on the market, but these are the ones I know…

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