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Awesome Bicycles

SpaceCamperBike

SpaceCamperBike

The unique SpaceCamperBike bicycle has a pop-up tent and reclining bed, allowing riders to enjoy an off-the-ground shelter when they stop to rest. It’s also got a fold-out table which can be used for dining or as a desk. It’s based on the Riese&Müller Load75, an electric cargo bike with a powerful Bosch motor drive.

Bi-directional Bike Chain

Bi-directional Bike Chain

On a normal bicycle, the drivetrain only engages when you pedal forward. Move your feet backward, and the rear axle freewheels. But BigWR likes to build unusual bike mods, and created a unique gear and chain configuration that moves the bike forward whether pedaling forward or backward.

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Roller Coaster Bicycle

Roller Coaster Bicycle

Scotty Cranmer and his pals hacked together this ridiculous bicycle with an oversize hoop that surrounds its rider. The design lets the bike and its rider perform rolling flips when going down staircases or on flat surfaces with enough momentum.

Making Bike Tires from Tennis Balls

Making Bike Tires from Tennis Balls

This wouldn’t be the best use of tennis balls that we’ve seen, but we have to hand it to The Q for his creativity. For no reason other to prove that it could be done, he created a bike tires which never need air because they ride on a cushion of tennis balls. The trickiest part of the build was the rig that crams tennis balls into PVC rings.

Building a Fan-Powered Tandem Bike

Building a Fan-Powered Tandem Bike

Freestyle mountain bike rider Sam Pilgrim got his hands on a beat-up side-by-side tandem bicycle and thought it could use an upgrade. So he and his pal Louie outfitted it with a powerful 80cc paramotor fan. The resulting vehicle is insanely loud and squirrely as hell. We’re impressed they didn’t roll it.

Second-Generation Serial 1 MOSH/CTY eBike

Second-Generation Serial 1 MOSH/CTY eBike
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The updated Serial 1 MOSH/CTY eBike has Google Cloud connectivity and a phone USB-C charger for ride data and analytics, Google Maps navigation, location monitoring, and digital locking. Powered by a lithium-ion battery and Harley-Davidson motor, it offers four power modes and a 35-105 mile range after a 4.7-hour charge.

Hands-free Bicycle

Hands-free Bicycle

This bike without handlebars is neither a bicycle nor a unicycle. It should officially be called a tricycle because it’s got two tiny skate wheels in front and a single large bike wheel in the back. Whatever you call it, BigWR’s custom ride sure is unique, and it balances surprisingly well.

A Bike Frame Made of Nuts

A Bike Frame Made of Nuts

Each time The Q makes a new bicycle, we think he couldn’t possibly get outlandish. Well, he’s back with another unusual and creative bike build. This time, he arranged and welded together 147 nuts to create a functional bike frame. The structure is weight-bearing and could be used to screw in accessories if he wants to.

Color-Changing Bike Wheels

Color-Changing Bike Wheels

The Q couldn’t decide what color tires to put on his bicycle, so he attached RGB LED light strips and diffusers inside of his wheels, wired them up, then modified his airless bike tires to fit around the lights. after adding a battery pack hub to the wheel, he was all set with his amazing bike tires that can change colors on demand.

Making a Fat Tire Electric Bike

Making a Fat Tire Electric Bike

Totally Handy walks us through the process of building a custom electric bicycle from scratch. In addition to its low-rider style, it has an extra-fat car tire on its rear wheel for added stability. The second part of the video shows off a totally different build – a custom made branding iron made from a melted-down engine.

Hannah Bergemann’s Baddest Utah Lines

Hannah Bergemann’s Baddest Utah Lines

Esperanto is Teton Gravity Research’s latest mountain biking action film. During filming, rider Hannah Bergemann showed off her skills in the rough and treacherous terrain of Southern Utah, which was captured for us to enjoy in this short bonus reel. She kicks things off with an absolutely insane downhill run.

Building an E-Bike from Cardboard

Building an E-Bike from Cardboard

Cardboard seems like a bad material to build a vehicle out of, but if you laminate together enough of the corrugated paper, it’s quite strong. Engineer James Bruton fabricated a working electric bicycle with wheels and frame parts made out of the stuff. Though he did cheat with 3D-printed plastic parts to hold everything together.

The 5-Wheel Bicycle

The 5-Wheel Bicycle

Mountain biker Sam Pilgrim took the five-wheeled Street Surfer for a ride on a variety of urban freeriding locations, including skateparks, stairs, and a pump track. The unusual bike has four small wheels in place of a single front wheel and both front and rear suspension. It’s all about the lean.

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Volcon Brat E-Bike

Volcon Brat E-Bike
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Volcon’s electric pedal-assisted bicycle is ready for just about any terrain. It has four drive modes, ranging from urban cruising to high-speed off-roading. Its high torque motor offers up to 750 watts of power with a top speed of 28 mph. It has a full front and rear suspension setup and hydraulic disc brakes.

Concrete Bicycle

Concrete Bicycle

When it comes to pedal-powered vehicles, weight is your enemy. But that didn’t stop Play to DIY from making this fully functional bicycle (and matching helmet) by casting concrete. The slow-moving bike weighs in at a whopping 134.5 kg – or about 296 lb. We’re surprised that it moves and balances as well as it does.

ENVO Flex Electric Snowbike

ENVO Flex Electric Snowbike

Take to the slopes this winter on ENVO’s pedal-assisted electric snowbike. It has a 1500-watt motor and can ride from 9 to 31 miles in the snow, depending on speed, load, and angle. It can climb grades up to 25%, and its modular design lets you use its foldable frame to make ENVO’s Flex Overland e-Bike when the snow melts.

Denago Commute 1 E-Bike

Denago Commute 1 E-Bike
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This Class III E-Bike is ideal for rides to work, running errands, and speedy cruising. Its 500W rear motor can hit 28 mph and offers pedal-assist and throttle modes. A wide seat, fat tires, and front fork suspension provide a comfortable and stable ride. Its battery pack is removable for charging and juices up in 3 to 4 hours.

Bike Beer Stabilizer 2.0

Bike Beer Stabilizer 2.0

The Colorist was tired of the bumpy grounds around Burning Man shaking up and ruining their beer when bicycling. In preparation for the 2022 edition of the desert festival, they came up with a solution. This custom-built rig uses hinges and springs to absorb shocks. It’s basically a Steadicam for beer.

Building a 3-Story Bicycle

Building a 3-Story Bicycle

Remember that time Colin Furze built a ridiculously tall bicycle? Well, The Real Life Guys have outdone that by some measure. After being set loose in the Urban-Drivestyle bike factory, they fabricated a 16-foot-tall bicycle with seating for six. The video is in German, but insane builds are a universal language.

Could These Cargo Bikes Replace Cars?

Could These Cargo Bikes Replace Cars?

Cars aren’t the most efficient way to get around cities. They cause traffic jams, and are bad for the environment. Not Just Bikes takes a look at an alternative mode of transportation called a Bakfiet. These cargo bikes are popular in the Netherlands and offer a fun ride for kids. They come in 2- and 3-wheel varieties as well as eBikes.

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Split-Wheel Bicycle v2.0

Split-Wheel Bicycle v2.0

After showing us it was possible to ride a bike with its rear wheel split in half, Sergii from The Q came up with an even more radical build. Starting with the split rear wheel, he modified the front of a bicycle with an extension arm and split the wheel into thirds. He had to experiment with configurations to make it work, though.

Quad-Gear Speed Bike

Quad-Gear Speed Bike

We recently saw how to create a very fast bicycle by dramatically increasing the size of its drive gear. YouTuber BigWR took a different approach by arranging multiple sets of gears to up this bike’s gear ratio. He was able to pedal up to speeds as high as 33 mph on flat ground.

Powering an E-Bike with a Drone Motor

Powering an E-Bike with a Drone Motor

The motors used in electric-powered bicycles are usually pretty heavy. Engineer Tom Stanton wanted to see if it would be possible to rig up a tiny but strong 1kW motor from a drone to propel a bike. The trick was creating a series of gears and belts to reduce the motor’s high rotational speed while increasing its torque.

Railroad Track Bike

Railroad Track Bike

“Riding the rails” usually refers to someone who travels by train. But in the case of Cam Engineering, he’s able to ride the rails on his bike. He built a collapsible rig that lets him ride normally, then expands to balance the bike on abandoned railroad tracks. It’s stable enough to stay upright even without a rider.

Two Half Wheel Bike

Two Half Wheel Bike

If you split a wheel in half, you shouldn’t still be able to ride on it, right? Well, watch this video from The Q, in which he cut two bike wheels and tires down the middle, connected them with a long chain and positioned them so one half is always touching the ground. Miraculously, the bike rides just fine.

Honbike HF01 Chainless E-Bike

Honbike HF01 Chainless E-Bike

Honbike’s electric bike uses a shaft to drive its rear axle, reducing maintenance. It folds down in seconds and its detachable battery pack can be charged anywhere. It’s also got a gyroscopic sensor that can detect hills and adjust torque based on the terrain. It has a top speed of 15.5 mph and an electric range of 24.9 miles.

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