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20 Beautiful and Strange Bicycle Designs

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It’s spring, and you should go outside. Why not go for a bike ride and turn some heads?

1. 90 degrees

Courtesy of guestblogme

Most bike frames are so triangular. Why is that?

2. Everybody, stand up

Courtesy of Dreamslide

Haven’t you heard sitting down is bad for you?

3. All hands


Courtesy of Lasher Sport

This sporty handcycle is operated without legs.

4. Tandem for tots


Courtesy of Belize Bike

If you’re going to buy a tandem, why not buy a tandem tricycle?

5. They see me rollin'

Courtesy of Boutique Cycles

Lowriders are hot whether they’re cars or bikes.

6. Lace up

Courtesy of guestblogme

Should we bike, or should we walk? How about both?

7. Run!


Courtesy of Design Boom

Or maybe we should run.

8. It's like the gym


Courtesy of Elliptigo

Now you can ride an elliptical machine to the grocery store. (Ellipticals do lessen pressure on the joints.)

9. A four wheeler


Courtesy of Quadracycle

If a quadricycle was good enough for Henry Ford, it should be good enough for you.

10. Blend with the chopper gang


Courtesy of Boot Hill Choppers

Bicycles that look like choppers are a thing, apparently.

11. Driven By Baby


Courtesy of Taga Bikes

Instead of a bike with a kid seat attached, this is a kid seat with a bike attached.

12. Don't get a splinter


Courtesy of CNET

Wood bikes are pretty.

13. Bamboo Built


Courtesy of Bamboo Cycles

Bamboo is so sustainable.

14. Smooth transition


Courtesy of Yike Bike

This folding electric bike is like a Segway you can sit on.

15. Fold it, twist it, bend it


Courtesy of Long Beachize

This bike was made for Gumby.

16. Plug it in

Courtesy of Coroflot

A bike with a docking station for your laptop. Really.

17. Shop around


Courtesy of Coroflot

Bike + shopping cart in one.

18. Ride Sidesaddle

Courtesy of Sideways Bike

Snowboarders, skateboarders and crabs might appreciate this sideways bike.

19. Face down


Courtesy of Tuvie

This is like a recumbent bike, only you’re lying face down.

20. Das Auto-bike

Courtesy of imleean

So Volkswagen is making bikes now?

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
Dan Bell

Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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The North Face's New Geodesic Dome Tent Will Protect You in 60 mph Wind
The North Face
The North Face

You can find camping tents designed for easy set-up, large crowds, and sustainability, but when it comes to strength, there’s only so much abuse a foldable structure can take. Now, The North Face is pushing the limits of tent durability with a reimagined design. According to inhabitat, the Geodome 4 relies on its distinctive geodesic shape to survive wind gusts approaching hurricane strength.

Instead of the classic arching tent structure, the Geodome balloons outward like a globe. It owes its unique design to the five main poles and one equator pole that hold it in place. Packed up, the gear weighs just over 24 pounds, making it a practical option for car campers and four-season adventurers. When it’s erected, campers have floor space measuring roughly 7 feet by 7.5 feet, enough to sleep four people, and 6 feet and 9 inches of space from ground to ceiling if they want to stand. Hooks attached to the top create a system for gear storage.

While it works in mild conditions, the tent should really appeal to campers who like to trek through harsher weather. Geodesic domes are formed from interlocking triangles. A triangle’s fixed angles make it one of the strongest shapes in engineering, and when used in domes, triangles lend this strength to the overall structure. In the case of the tent, this means that the dome will maintain its form in winds reaching speeds of 60 mph. Meanwhile, the double-layered, water-resistant exterior keeps campers dry as they wait out the storm.

The Geodome 4 is set to sell for $1635 when it goes on sale in Japan this March. In the meantime, outdoorsy types in the U.S. will just have to wait until the innovative product expands to international markets.

[h/t inhabitat]

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