Korean Tourist Bikes

Met these tourists outside of Costco. They were fueling up for a ride between Seattle and San Diego. Check their equipment and notice those handle bags.

Korean Tourist Bikes

Mark V BMX

Mark track stands on his S&S BMX – there’s much to like about a 20 inch travel bike; especially one that’s near bomb proof. We’re traveling with Dahons to Europe and India later this month – more on that trip in another post.

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Japan Builds My Future

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Straight out of my Blade Runner fantasies, Murata Electronics in Japan has made robots that can ride bikes and unicycles. This is Murata-seiko-chan, who can actually ride that teeny unicycle thanks to a number of sensors embedded in the backpack there.

Now mind you that I can’t ride a Unicycle, despite trying to and I’m made out of flesh and blood, it blows my mind that there are robots already that can ride these.

Combine this with Avatar and in the future we’ll be controlling unicycle-riding robots with our minds!

Not sure why the woman giving the demonstration is wearing a fluorescent iguana on her neck though. Maybe that’s a style thing from the future.

Bike Move: Chairs

4 chairs on a bike during a move? Sure. Why not? The table is on another bike, like this.

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Timbuk2 Lights Africa with Their FLAP

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Do you ever think about light? I don’t mean things that aren’t heavy, I mean the shining goodness that comes from lightbulbs. Really the only time I’m pondering the wonder that is our electrical grid and its effects is when it’s vanished. Give me a good blackout and I’ll think about sweet sweet luminosity all night.

Seems some other people have a more visionary approach to light. Over at Timbuk2 they’re combining their knowledge of bags with the mission to help bring lighting to third-world countries at the 2009 Pop!Tech conference.

Their idea is to take a messenger bag and integrate a solar panel into the top, allowing people in Africa to use the bag by day and to power low-voltage lights at night. By simply extending useable light a few hours a day a family can be vastly more productive.

Even Timbuk2 realizes that the idea might not work as well as expected, but every good idea has to start somewhere.

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