Top Ten Incredible Cycling Records

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Epic Climbs: Mount Teide, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

The Col Collective break down this classic ride in Tenerife, a monster climb from sea level to 2250 m ride up the active volcano, Mount Teide. The volcano’s summit is at 3,718 m (12,198 ft). The summit is only accessible on foot or by cable car.

A Ride Up the Tallest Mountain in Spain

Mike Cotty (The Col Collective) leads you through this epic climb, from the coast through rugged lava fields and up to the plateau at the foot of Mount Teide. He rides a short route from El Médano on the south side, but it’s still 51 km, so you need to pace yourself.

The first half of the climb is around 4-6%, nothing too brutal. At the half way mark of Vilaflor things pick up to 11%, you’ll thank yourself if you kept your pacing in check on the first half.

The ride ends at the Parador de las Cañadas hotel, where you can reward yourself with food and drink while you soak up the stunning view. 

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PodRide: The Bicycle Car

The PodRide is the brainchild of industrial designer Mikael Kjellman of Sweden. He calls it a “bicycle car,” otherwise known as a velomobile.

His version is a four-wheeled bicycle (with an electric motor for optional assist) within a hard shell protective pod to keep out the weather. He was inspired to develop it due to commute in Sweden which is too cold for riding in winter.

PodRide Bicycle Car - chassis opens for easy entry and exit.

He’s been working on it for years, and tried many models that fell short, before arriving at this version. This model now meets his requirements, which make for a flexible vehicle that can take you most places in relative comfort:

  • Proper seat with padding
  • Suspension
  • Stable handling (at least three wheels)
  • Option to use a small power assist motor
  • Adequate protection against the weather
  • Ability to use cycle paths
  • For safety reasons the driver should sit at the same height as in a car

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The PodRide is a Lot Like a Car

The PodRide includes a 250 watt motor so you don’t have to pedal if you don’t want to. Or, you can use it to assist you so you don’t arrive at your destination all sweaty.

The PodRide sports a 250 watt motor for electric-assist when you need it.

Under the power of the modest motor, the PodRide cruises at 25 km/h and has a range of 60 km.

Other car-like features include:

  • Headlights
  • Turn signals
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Luggage compartment
  • Windshield wiper (manual)
  • Heater
  • Suspension

PodRide Specs

  • Width: 30 in
  • Length: 71 in
  • Height: 57 in
  • Weight: 154 lbs
  • Motor: 250 w
  • Battery: 2 x 360 Wh
  • Gears: 18 without the motor, 14 gears with the motor

Mikael says this is still a prototype, so there are still a lot of improvements that he could make to the PodRide, the foremost being the chassis, which could be a lot lighter.

Mikael would like to bring his creation to the market, but thinks it will be expensive (around $6000 or more) unless it can be mass produced, in which case the price could drop to around a much more affordable $2250 to $3900.

Support the PodRide on Indiego

Mikael is now looking for a partner to take the PodRide production. So if you’re the entrepreneurial kind, or if you can help in anyway, he’d love to hear from you:

Mikael Kjellman
www.jmk-innovat ion.se/velomobil-project
Email: [first name]_k@telia.com
Phone +4670 532 22 01

References

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The Micro “Airstream” Bicycle Camper That’s Fully Loaded

This bicycle camper doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s small and light, weighing in at under 45 lbs. And on the inside, it’s pretty impressive!

The Micro "Airstream" Bicycle Camper

Inside the camper is fairly spacious. It’s insulated to help moderate the temperature inside. There’s a micro kitchen and plenty of storage space for food, water and cooking utensils. The “day fridge” consists of a ziploc bag with ice in it.

Inside the Micro Airstream

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The cabinetry is arranged so that the heavy items are stored low down, while lighter items are stored higher up. This helps stabilize the camper.

The tow bar is made from 1/2″ electrical conduit and a swiveling ball joint, which allows the bike to be laid down on the ground. 

The whole camper cost about $150 to make, because Elkin built most of it, such as the shell, base and cabinets, from old campaign signs.

Here’s how he did it…

How to Build a Bicycle Camper for Less Than $200

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Highlights of Paris-Roubaix 2016

You can count on Paris-Roubaix to deliver drama, dirt, distress and more. This year’s 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix was no different.

History of Paris-Roubaix

“Paris–Roubaix  from its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix; in 1966 the start moved to Chantilly and since 1977 it starts in Compiègne (about 85 kilometres (53 mi) north-east from Paris centre). The finish is still in Roubaix. …

Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones… it has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 race), the Queen of the Classics or la Pascale: the Easter race.”

Source: Wikipedia

Highlights from the 114th Paris-Roubaix 2016

Motorcycle Collides with Elia Viviana at Paris-Roubaix

Guy W captured dramatic footage of a big pileup on the cobbles that involved one of the motorbikes.

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