Accessories for standard bicycles - and advances in bike technologies - combine
with electric bikes to create flexible and utilitarian vehicles. Consider the following options for your life:
The following is only meant
to give you a sense of what's possible. Shop around on-line (see "Parts
& Accessories via Cyberspace")
or talk with the experts at your nearest bike store or bicycle club.
Recumbent Barn's Blackbent comes in various configurations and sizes (under-
and over-seat steering, with and without front suspension). Good prices too.
American Cruiser offers a variety of 3-wheeled recumbents designed for people with physical problems but useful by all.
People Movers, variety of recumbent bikes (including assistance in buying/selling
used ones) 714/633-3663, http://www.recumbent.com
Sidewinder Cycle, capable of turning in its own radius, represents the end of compromise between comfort and performance.
Sidewinder Cycle, 9018 Balboa Blvd. #334, Northidge, CA 91325
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 16911 Encino, CA 91416
Phone: 818-717-9104; e-mail: UU@Cityglance.com
Inspired Cycle Engineering offers the Trice, a tricycle recumbent with considerable advantages
over a bicycle recumbent in traffic where one is constantly starting and stopping.
Greenspeed: The 2 front/1 rear wheel layout and low center of gravity of a Greenspeed trike offers complete stability. It can be easily ridden by people of all
ages and abilities. We offer several models: solo, tandem, and hand-powered, summarized in the table below. Plans are also available
for the GT 16/20 child's trike, the GTR 20/20 touring trike and the GTS 20/20 sports tourer. GREENSPEED, 69 Mountain Gate Drive, Ferntree
Gully, VIC 3156, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 3 9753 3644
Check out the weird, wonderful world of Recumbent Trikes - A survey of 3-wheelers from around the world, past and present:
Ask questions on the newsgroup alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent. Also take a look at the bents
They're all there along with many of the needed resources and much discussion! For a healthy selection of used bents, check
For Recumbent Bikes, Recumbent Plans, Recumbent Trikes, and many other useful topics, see
the source guide at the International Human Powered Vehicles Association (IHPVA):
Skoot (pictured above) is the unique cycle which transforms into a case. Skoot packs away
completely within its integral case within 30 seconds. www.skoot.com
In addition to regular folding bikes, Bike Friday offers the SatRday Folding Recumbent and
folding tandems. "Great riding bikes that travel in a
Strida (pictured to the right) offers a folding bike with a rust proof, greaseless drivebelt: http://www.strida.us/
Caribike costs $250, folds fast (but not small), and does the job much of the time. http://www.caribike.com
Folders are also covered in the source guide at the International Human Powered Vehicles Association (IHPVA):
For a user's report on taking bikes on planes, trains, buses, boats, etc. Also, lots of stuff on rentals, **folding bikes**, boxing, airlines, and railroads around
the world. Notes on how to ride in/out of about 120 airports. http://www.GFOnline.org/BikeAccess/
Subject: Re: Feedback from Brompton & Bike Friday Riders
From: Peter Rathmann email@example.com
Date: Wed, 08 December 1999 01:39 AM EST
Larry Webber wrote:
> I would appreciate any feedback from owners on their
> good/bad experiences and opinions of the Brompton
> and Bike Friday bikes. My wife and I are thinking
> of enlarging our "fleet" to include folding bikes
> to be used for short distance while traveling by
> train and rented auto.
I'm a happy owner of a Bike Friday, but for your intended purpose I'd recommend the Brompton. I prefer the Friday since I also use it for longer
rides, such as centuries, while on vacations or other trips. However, it is definitely not as quick-folding or as compact as the Brompton.
BTW, for traveling with a car I wouldn't use either. I can pop the wheels off my regular bike at least as fast as I can fold a Brompton
and much faster than my Friday. With the wheels off it fits easily in the trunk of a subcompact with room for some other luggage.
Velomobiles are aerodynamic, fully (or nearly so) enclosed bikes/trikes.
Think "micro car". Some have fairings which are removeable for fine weather, others are
of monocoque design. Some have the option of motor assistance to
extend their range and make hills easier.
For additional photos and information on velomobiles, visit the North American Velomobilist Website at
Find a world-wide survey of three-wheeled velomobiles at
Primarily designed as a commuter vehicle, the Aerorider's electric drive assist supports speeds
up to 50 km/h but can be limited depending on national legislation. Because it has 3 wheels and
full bodywork, the driver is not obliged to wear a helmet. Currently (2006) hand-manufactured in
the Netherlands and priced (with delivery) under $10,000, it's available from Aerorider BV,
It's 600-watt motor and aerodynamic shape combine to offer a 28 mph top speed without pedaling;
pedaling increases top speed, acceleration and range. Watch the
showing the Aerorider in action. Good soundtrack, too.
Aero Rider is now available in Southern California. Take a test drive today. Call 1-213-810-8842 for a reservation. http://www.velota.com
Rumor says the Go-One3 folks plan to electrify their aerodynamic vehicle:
For a quick overview of the fastest velomobiles in the world, visit
Here's the "Human Powered Vehicle 24 Hour Record" holder:
Here's a video report on the fastest human powered bicycle:
Workhorses can take many
forms from relatively simple, low-cost trailers to state-of-the-art
pedicabs. Over one hundred years of design evolution mean there is
probably a bike which suits your particular application.
The definitive site for
information on carrying loads by human power:
Manufacturers of work
vehicles (trailers, pedicabs, trikes, quads, etc.) are listed at:
human-powered cargo units
Center for Appropriate
Transportation, 455 W. 1st Street, Eugene, OR, 97401
Service and Utility Vehicles
Worksman Trading Company
constructs 25,000 industrial bicycles, tricycles, and carts designed
for the factories, ice cream vendors and urban delivery services of
Worksman, 718/322-2000 NY
. . .
Found in some urban tourist
cities; driver plus two passengers
Main Street Pedi-Cabs
303-295-3822 CO, http://www.pedicab.com
Rideable Bicycle Replicas 510/769-0980 CA
Pictured above is the Hybrid Electric Pedicab (HEP) from ZEV Technologies, P.O. Box 6371,
Syracuse, NY 13217-6371, Voice/Fax: (315) 635-5345; http://www.zevtech.com/
Kronosport offers 4 models of people- and cargo-moving pedicabs.
Rhoades Car offers several Human Powered Vehicles: one seat, two
seat, and four seat. Pictured is the Quad Recumbent Pedal Car. http://www.4wc.com/
Disabilities call for different designs
A handcycle is a tricycle that you pedal with your hands.
Intrepid Cycles provides high quality handcycles and recumbent trikes.
They researched and experimented with steering geometry for almost two years to develop a
design that separates steering forces from the cranking forces. This means that you can crank as hard as you like and not swerve in a turn.
In addition to their high quality handcycles and recumbent trikes, they also provide useful technical information on handcycling and recumbents.
Intrepid Equipment LLC, 4065 Haines St, San Diego CA 92109, 505-217-1845, Toll Free 800-693-5082,
Penninger Recumbents offer the Traveler Trike as a bridge for
the rider with disabilities that lets them continue to ride. Traveling in a relaxed "laid-back" manner is a key feature
of this recumbent (LWB, ASS) delta trike. Ease of use and the body cradling padded sling seat make for a very nice ride. Stability is
positive with one or two hands on one or both of the lever controls for steering, shifting, and braking. A low center of gravity provides
excellent handling. All aspects of this trike are rock solid with hi-quality TIG-welded cro-moly frame work and alloy controls. The
baked on powder coat finish insures that this trike will last. Touring is what it's all about with the Traveler.
THEY SIT HIGHER THAN OTHER TRIKES, MAKING THEM EASIER THAN OTHERS TO MOUNT OR
DISMOUNT. I KNOW THIS, BECAUSE I LIVE WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE. I
HAVE BEEN BLESSED IN THAT MY LIFE IS SO MUCH BETTER NOW. I HAVE HAD A
LOT OF FUN SINCE JULY '98 WHEN I PURCHASED MY CC. JUST SINCE THEN, I
HAVE LOGGED 12,597 miles. MY ABILITY TO BALANCE HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY,
DUE TO THE PD. I HAVE HAD MY TRIKE UP TO 47 mph ON A DOWNHILL. IT IS
VERY CONTROLABLE AT HIGH SPEEDS, AS THE WAY THE BRAKES ARE THEY CAN
& HAVE HELPED ME TO NEGOCIATE RIGHT OR LEFT TURNS.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Wetherell) 2/13/00 12:09:33 AM Pacific Standard Time
Penninger Recumbents, 950 State Avenue St. Charles, Illinois 60174, 630-377-1696 fax-377-1703 800-373-1696
The Invacare® Top End® Excelerator XLT 2000 Handcycle has been engineered for total competitive performance.
Invacare Top End, Sports & Recreation Products, 4501 63rd Circle North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781, TEL: (727) 522-8677, FAX: (727) 522-1007, 1-800-532-8677
The Freedom Rider by Brike Int. Ltd. is a hand
powered cycle you steer by leaning your body. It combines the fun of cycling and the benefits of an upper-body workout with the thrilling
sensation of slalom skiing. Riding these bikes, three world-class athletes set a world record when they handcycled 13,026-miles around the world.
Call FREEDOM RYDER: 1-800-800-5828
or call Steve at FREEDOM RYDER, COLORADO: 1-800-991-2790
Industries offers an Adult Handcycle and a Kids Handcycle. You can get an electric assist for the adult version.
Find various bikes and adaptors for wheelchair folks at:
Check out the recumbents above also.
Other mobility-impaired equipment: http://www.gallaudet.edu/~kjcole/Bike/others.html
Ride without pavement:
rails, sand, snow, ice, and water
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF RAILCYCLING! Imagine pedaling silently along a bicycle trail where there are no steep hills, the pathway is glassy smooth, and the
scenery is new and interesting. Railcycle, 4325 Webster Street, Coeur D' Alene, Idaho 83815
PHONE NUMBER: 208.676.8470, E-MAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Railcycles are also covered in the source guide at the International Human Powered Vehicles Association (IHPVA):
Want to ride on sand or even snow? Chosen by the U. S. Army's 1st Tactical Studies Group, the Extreme Terrain Bike's massive 10-inch-wide tires
enable the Hanebrink to traverse sand, a desert environment, or even snow.
HANEBRINK, P.O. Box 3162, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Tel 909.585.1044, Fax 909.585.1027
site is dedicated to the winter cyclists, who brave ice and snow and
cycle for transportation, recreation, or competition in winter. http://www.icebike.org
go faster, ride easier, maneuver better and give you surprising
stability in the water." HydroBikes, (888)403-9012, firstname.lastname@example.org
Locks and Alarms deter theft.
As a general rule, the heavier and more expensive the lock, the less likely that a thief will take your bike.
If you live in a high-theft area, consider one of the
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit locks. Individual components can be protected with specialty locks like those from
The other approach to prevent theft is some sort of alarm system.
Undercover wireless bicycle burglar proof device has 2 parts: one is the Master that cyclists will carry around and the other one, Slave, is hidden underneath the bottle cage of cyclist's bike. Both "search" and "alarm" funtions are incorporated.
Both the Master and Slave will alarm cyclists with siren up to 100db when someone moves cyclist's bike.
OF PARTS and TECHNOLOGIES
Here are just some of your choices.
shock absorbers: front, rear, seat
tires: road, mountain bike, cross (road and country), airless, flat-resistant options (e.g. Slime)
frames: regular ("safety"), tandem, recumbent, full suspension, road, trail, town
frame materials: steel, aluminum, Cro-Mo, graphite, metal matric composite
brakes: coaster, caliper, center pull, cantilevered, V-brake, disk (cable or hydraulic)
drive trains: more gears, automatic shifting, 7-speed internal hubs, electric motors
lights: incandescent, halogen, metal halide, LEDs, helmet-mounted, braking (User review.)
locks: U-type, cable, electronic/alarm
carriers: baskets (rigid and folding); panniers (front, rear, seat, frame); child seats
trailers: two wheels (kids, groceries); one wheel (off road, surfboard)
travel cases: hard & soft for shipping via airline, train, or UPS
bike racks for cars: front mount, rear mount, roof mount, ball-hitch mount, truck-bed mount
protection from animals: pepper spray
Fairings (aka "windshields")
[Editor's Note: A fairing can
get ripped off if left on a bike being transported by car. Some
models take a few minutes to remove.]
Zzip offers clear windshields
for most bikes. They greatly reduce wind resistance.
obstructs your view of the road Freedom from road debris
you place to mount rear view mirror, lights, flashers (important on
Under Seat Steered Bents)
you in headwinds Lightweight (14 oz to 2.75 lbs with mounts)
Helps you in crashes
weather protection (you stay a lot warmer in the cold and your feet
actually stay drier in the rain!)
Age Technology Makes you more visible at night Makes
you more visible in the day
for rider height and leg length Improves the look, performance
and value of your bike
you more respect Makes you stand out Up to 30% increase
Karl F. Abbe, Zzip Designs,
P.O. Box 14, Davenport, CA 95017, Phone: 1-408-425-8650, Fax:
Build your own fairing with
tips from Ed Gin who's been doing for years. He suggests using 3
inches of taper for each inch of width, and to build your first
fairing out of coroplast. Check out his fairing seminar link for a
Seats (bicycle saddles)
that after about 4 miles, I usually have Sore Butt Syndrome".
Sheldon Brown offers sage advice on all things bicycle: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html
In addition to
the standard designs available from retailers (see "PARTS &
ACCESSORIES via CYBERSPACE" below), check these:
Moon Saddle at http://www.moonsaddle.com
T-bar style at www.thebikingsolution.com
(Ft. Lauderdale: (954) 463-1002)
The UN Saddle
Also, long-distance users of the Terry Liberator give it rave reviews.
Looking for a comfortable seat?
"Try anyone of the Terry
seats, built by women for women." - email@example.com
"I encourage you to try out one or more of the Brooks leather saddles. (made in men's and
women's versions). The wider the better if you ride upright, like on
a hybrid. I've tried every innovation out there and the B-72 I ride
is the best for me. It'll cost over $50 but it's well worth it. My
assessment of seats: The seats with holes in them have concentrated
pressure points surrounding the hole. The squishy seats force
material up where you don't want it. The rocking type force you to
slide down toward the front all the time. The foam covered hard
shells eventually let your sit bones rest on the hard shell. Soft
shell seats are better, but not as nice as leather. (Don't get the
Brooks Pro models. They're too stiff. Get a touring saddle). Take a
look at the Brooks web sight at www.sturmey-archer.com.
Try to find a shop that will let you try out seats and exchange it
if you don't like it." - firstname.lastname@example.org
The SEAT is designed to
support and provide a comfortable ride for all.
Ergo, P.O. Box 659,
Carnation, WA 98014
For mirror users or those investigating various types of mirrors in anticipation of a purchase,
[Editor's Note: I prefer the end-of-handlebar-mounted Mountain Mirror from Mirrycle.
[These suspension seatposts
offer effective, affordable ($100-200) alternatives to wheel
Halls-Lauritzen G-Shok, http://www.gshok.com
Moxey XC, http://www.moxey.com
Rock Shox, http://www.rockshox.com
U.S.E. SX Shok Post, http://www.use1.com
Giani suspension seatposts, http://www.giani.com
Shockster add-on rear shocks, http://www.shockster.com
U.S.E. SX Shok Post
For a thorough exploration of
tires, see http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html
Air Free Tires, Inc.
manufacturers of a line of quality airless, no-flat bicycle tires. http://www.airfreetires.com
Amerityre uses a patented
technology that encapsulates over one million closed-cell air bubbles
to equal the ride of a traditional pneumatic tire. Their innovative
tire technology gives you a FlatFree, Maintenance-Free and
Hassle-Free tire that makes it the safest and most dependable tire in
the world. http://www.ameritire.com/
THORN TERMINATOR is a lightweight; metallic strip encased in a
special polymer material that prevents thorns, small tacks, sharp
rocks and glass shards from piercing the air chamber of the bicycle's
Park Bicycle Tools, http://www.parktool.com
Topeak Tools (folding,
compact, take it with you), http://www.topeak.com
Information on how to use
them to repair/maintenance your stead, http://www.uidaho.edu/~baile934/tools/index.html
bike to become a cruizer, tall rider, lowrider, etc.
Meet the Chunks. Our fleet is
divided into several species. We have choppers, of course, in the
Gazelle and BMX-Extendo, monotube, and unique style. We also have
battering rams, tallbikes, and springy bikes. When balancing on two
wheels is too taxing, we'll gladly strap a few more on, and ride
ummodified standard trikes, modified, nonstandard but sensible cargo
things, or other multi-wheeled vehicles. Then there is everything
else. While we're here, we might as well display some para-chunkular constructions.
Find homebuilt cruisers,
choppers, snowbikes, and more wild stuff at:
Lowrider Bikes: http://www.lowriderbike.com/index.html
generator and headlight
The Schmidt Dynamo front hub
weighs 1.5 lbs and has significantly less drag than tire driven
generators. Made by Wilfried Schmidt Maschinenbau in Tuebingen,
Germany, the hub is quiet and reliable, and is designed to give
50,000 kilometers of trouble free riding between servicing. The
hub comes with the Lumotec or Lumotec Oval Plus lamp made by Busch
& Muller in Germany, and modified by Schmidt for use with the Dynohub.
& ACCESSORIES via CYBERSPACE
Bike Nashbar, "Lowest Prices Automatically",
Price Point, "Where price is the point", cycling gear,
bicycle components at wholesale to the public
over 3000 parts, and are adding 12,000 more parts as fast as we can.
Shimano, Campagnolo, Control Tech, etc., etc. Wholesale to the public.
Bike Line has 70 stores throughout the country
Performance Bicycles online catalog (bike shops in 9 states.)
"The nation's largest mail order and retail supplier of bicycle parts and accessories."
To Order: 1.800.727.2453 24 Hours/Day, 7 Days/Week
One Performance Way, P.O. Box 2741, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
WWW Bike Lane has a list of online catalogs
click on Companies(Mail Order Catalogs)
Extensive list of links to bike, specialty bike, and bike part manufacturers.
SportsRack represents products (racks and vehicle accessories) from over 50 major manufacturers
RACKS & LOCKERS
Bike Racks: Over 20 companies make bike racks of various shapes and sizes. Many are
the now-obsolete types such as "dishracks" (a.k.a.
"wheelbenders") that don't enable locking of a bike's
frame, don't support the bike properly, don't work well with U-locks,
or are not intuitive to use. If you plan to purchase bike racks, ask
yourself certain questions.
Cost depends on shape and the
type of finish (galvanized, painted, or plastic-coated). Many
obsolete rack designs appear to have a low cost per bike but in fact
park far fewer bikes than they have wheel-holders or uprights. Cost
per actual parked bike not counting installation ranges from around
$25 to $150 and up, but the low end mainly includes designs that are
unsecure or inconvenient. BTW, remember that not all designs work
properly in all sites - there's no "one size fits all" rack.
exist for bike cages and lockers.
Creative Pipe offers an innovative
new rack design
with several advantages over current designs. They also offer a wide
variety of standard racks along with bike lockers.
Creative Pipe, Inc., 2629
Manhattan Ave., Suite 289, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Toll Free: 1-800-644-8467,
Phone: (310)376-9536, Fax: (310)798-1785
Bike-Up offers a complete and
up-to-date line of racks, both horizontal and vertical to fulfill
every parking need.
BIKE-UP® Bicycle Parking
Systems, 6 Antares Drive, Phase II, Unit #10B, Nepean, Ontario, K2E
8A9; FAX: (613) 228-3539, Phone: (613) 226-6452, http://www.bikeup.com
Sports Solutions offers
several types of bicycle storage options including floor stands, wall
mounts, ceiling hoists, and floor-to-ceiling racks. Sports
Solutions, P. O. Box 782378, Wichita, KS 67278-2378, 800-346-7332, http://www.sportssolutions.com
Walkway Saver is a two-bike
rack for home use (fit two bikes into the space of one): www.bicyclestand.com
Here's a quick, inexpensive
one-bike stand: www.thegstand.com
How about bike rack
sculptures? Check these out:
Also, follow the "Products" section of http://www.creativepipe.com
to the "Custom Racks and Designs" link. You'll find photos
of racks shaped like eyeglasses (for an optometrist), scissors (for a
haircutter), a world globe, a fire engine, and a sofa. There are
several images of a custom wave rack produced for McDonalds which
incorporates their Golden Arches logo at one end. And, gorgeous
salmon-shaped racks (the Model FR-2 "fish rack" :-) created
for the city of Valdez, Alaska.
on-demand/reservable electronic bicycle lockers. It's available
on-demand like a parking meter, but you pay only pennies an
hour. eLock Technologies, 800 Heinz Avenue, Suite 11, Berkeley,
California 94710, Tel: 510-549-9258, www.elocktech.com
American Bicycle Security
offers bike lockers. They also offer a PV
solar panel attachment for their bike lockers
that can power night lighting, a card swipe unlocking system, and/or
charge an electric bike.
American Bicycle Security, P.
O. Box 7359, Ventura, CA, 93006
advanced design offers: no assembly, install on any surface,
two-year warranty, 90% recycled materials used, user-supplied or
assigned-key locking systems, ground clearance for enhanced security.
BikeLid, Seattle, WA 425/455-9014, New York, NY 212/245-6623
Steven Grover &
Associates, engineering and design consultants in Berkeley, proposed
an innovative bicycle parking facility for the El Cerrito Plaza BART
station. The cutting-edge design provides on-demand bicycle parking
in transparent lockers with ultra-secure electronic locking
mechanisms, and a linear glass roof. For more information, call Lori
Dair, (510) 232-6466, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
all-composite bicycle lockers accommodate the needs of both today's
cyclist and those that supply the facilities used by them. In
existence for over 20 years, cycle-safe offers what you expect from
the industry's quality leader, the best value. The cycle-safe locker
units are ideal for revenue producing bicycle parking systems. This pad-mounted
modular site-built system has unique composite panels, which replace
traditional wood or steel panels to avoid problems of corrosion,
weathering or heat build up. They are of a high-tech combination of
compression-formed high density sheet molding compound (SMC) which is
a proprietary formulation manufactured and molded by cycle-safe, Inc.
Cycle-Safe, Inc., 478
Arrowhead SE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
Voice: (888) 950-6531
Fax (616) 954-0290
Looking for something unusual
- or unusually spectacular - in cycle design? Encycleopedia
celebrates this new diversity in bicycle design and technology. http://www.encycleopedia.com/
Links to manufacturers, bike
shops, cool sites, bicycle clubs, etc.
The international bicycle
scene. Links to most any topic related to bicycles and their use.
Bicycle Technology - what's
available and links to learn more.
Recumbents Tandems Tricycles/Quadracycles
Cargo Bikes &
Trailers Design Innovations
Short essays on a broad range of cyclist- and bicycle-related topics:
Forums and conversations on all things bicycle (from advocacy to mechanics to unicycling)
Register/license your bike.
If it's stolen, you have a better chance of it's return. Only $10 for
10 years. Register your bicycle today at http://www.bicyclelink.com
or at http://www.natlbike.com
offers hundreds of self guided bicycle routes throughout the US and Canada.
Sheldon Brown's site offers
in-depth articles on various aspects of bicycle technology. The heart
of this site is my Bicycle Glossary: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/glossary.html
Much more than a simple
dictionary, it's extensively hyperlinked, with cross-references
within the Glossary, and links to extended articles on specific
topics. Additionally, there are more than 70 articles on the site,
which are listed at: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/articles.html
Articles for beginner
Family Cycling: http://sheldonbrown.com/family
Gears & Drive
Old Bikes: http://sheldonbrown.com/oldbikes
Repair Tips: http://sheldonbrown.com/repair