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Halfbike

By: on May 09, 2014
$999
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Urban mobility. I hear that term a lot now since almost anyone who lives in a city of over 500,000 people spends half their lives sitting in traffic not being urbanly mobile. The Halfbike, a kind of bicycle-meets-elliptical-machine personal transporter, recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign launched to help address this issue. It combines the pedaling of cycling with the natural stance and motion of running to expedite movement around cities. Created by architectural firm Kolelinia, the light and compact Halfbike can be used during short commutes, plus carried onboard public transit for longer trips. It is also small enough to bring on an elevator and light enough to carry up and down stairs.

Kolelinia calls the Halfbike stride "bike-jogging", and says it mimics low-impact running for those looking to Half it for recreation and exercise. Inclined parties can probably figure out how to make the bike the star of three-wheeled tricks and YouTube fails too.

The learning curve for mastering the Halfbike is comparable to that of a standard two-wheeled bike. So depending on how that went for you...good luck. Kolelinia recommends finding an open space with smooth pavement to practice.

Halfbike is a Dude Gift for Teens pick.

Muchas danke to Manny for the Dude Product Tip.

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Sick in the Head: The 10 Coolest Motorcycle Helmets

Some people say you're sick in the head for riding a motorcycle. I say you're sick in the head if you're wearing one of these motorcycle helmets. And I mean it in the very, very best sense of the word. Here are my picks...

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RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle

$5,295 from RYNO Motors »

Ever wanted to pop a perpetual wheelie? Well get ready, 'cause RYNO Motors is in production and set for the 2012 US release of two tiers of its self-balancing, single-wheeled, shit-stirring beast of a motorcycle. OK...

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Hoverbike

$50k from Hoverbike »

The Hoverbike is what happens when one really wants to be a superhero, but really needs to figure out a way to more efficiently herd cattle. Aussie Chris Malloy has created a prototype for this motorcycle-helicopter hybrid...

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Boba Fett Motorcycle Helmet

Unlike a few selections in this slideshow of sick motorcycle helmets, you can probably wear HJC's new RPHA 11 Boba Fett helmet without getting laughed off the road (it's an obvious, but not over-the-top Star Wars circus...

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Cyclotron Spokeless Smart Bicycle

$1,125 - $3,038 from Cyclotron Cycles »

For all the Sam Flynns out there who need more exercise, you'll soon be able to trade in your electric Light Cycles for pedal-powered Cyclotrons on your joyrides and daily commutes. The self-described "Future of Cycling"...

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Litelok Flexible Bike Lock

$109.87 - $206.82 from Litelok »

Flexible, lightweight, and inordinately strong, the Litelok could have been a gymnast, but decided to take the more practical professional route of becoming an anti-theft bodyguard for bicycles. The gold-rated bike lock...

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Bird of Prey Bicycle

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I didn't think the foam helmets and seizure-inducing neon spandex could look any more ridiculous rolling down the road, yelling at cars to get out of their lane, and then cutting into traffic at will when it suits them...

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Bike Mine Exploding Anti-Theft Alarm

$71 from Kickstarter »

Bike Mine is a thing that makes you go boommm! At least if you're a dirty thief trying to make off with a dude's bicycle or motorcycle (or boat or jet ski if you live the kind of high rollin' life where that's a risk.)...

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Rungu Electric Juggernaut

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Remember the Juggernaut Bullfrog Fat Trike? Now it's even fatter. And croaks way louder. To their extra-thick, triple-wheeled, all-terrain, no-BS monster, Rungu has added a 2,100-watt motor and Hi-Power Cycles controller....

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Juggernaut Bullfrog Fat Trike

$3,300 from Rungu »

Rungu's Juggernaut fat-tire bullfrog trike makes it possible to go where a bike can't go and a car won't go. To ride where others dare only walk. To look in grandiosity somewhere between Billy the Puppet pedaling in to...

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Tannus - Bike Tires That Never Go Flat

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Why will you never get a flat if you put Tannus tires on your bike? Because Tannus tires don't got no air inside. Move over, Spandex. You've had a good run, but Micro Closed Cell Polymer Resin's about to dethrone you...

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Invisible Bike

I wonder which is less comfortable: Jimmy Kuehnle's Invisible Bike or Jimmy Kuehnle's invisible outfit. In other words, would you rather require rectal surgery or pass out from heat exhaustion and develop a full-body...