If, like me, you live in one of the many places enduring the brunt of this "polar vortex" winter, then you've probably been teased with a taste of spring-to-come over the past couple of weeks. And for some people, the first thought of spring is a thought about bicycles. So for this week's Awesome Stuff, we're looking at three projects that should catch the eyes of some cyclists out there.
Half A Bike Is Better Than One
There are lots of variations on the basic bicycle principle and design out there, but this one looks new to me. Since one of the bigger issues with bicycles in an urban setting is their size and unwieldiness, we've seen simplified bikes before — but at first glance, the Halfbike appears to be more practical and enjoyable. Of course, like any such vehicle, there's really no way to be sure until you get a chance to try one out for yourself.
The Squeaky Chain Gets The Hot Tub
A jammed chain is every cyclist's nightmare (well, one of them). Not just because it can lead to a nasty accident if it happens at the wrong time, but because there's no way to fix it without ending up covered in black grease for the rest of the day. The Runaway Bike Hot Tub makes hot paraffin treatments available for cyclists to do easily at home, for a chain lubricant that is more effective and cleaner than grease.
The Go-Anywhere Electric
Electric bikes have been getting more and more popular every year, but they seem to remain primarily a leisure and basic transportation device — the Horizon is something different. The electric all-terrain sit-down bike looks like it could tear its way through some pretty forbidding terrain, not to mention serving as an excellent mobility device for people who need one.