An argument between a driver and bike messengers in Manhattan yesterday almost became deadly when the driver pulled out a gun. Reports of a gunman spread, and a local elementary school was even put on lockdown, but thankfully police and firefighters arrived before anyone was shot.
Coming up with simple axioms by which one can live is no easy task. Still, coming up with such axioms is my job, despite what my editor and everyone else tells me. Happily, I think I have finally realized a workable axiom, this one about weird cars and weird bicycles.
Backflips, I get. You launch in the air, you tilt backwards, and you flip. Front flips are a whole other story. You launch in the air, you tilt forward (which is downward but you’re still going up), and then you flip? Crazy talk. And this triple front flip from Ryan Williams? Definitely more than three times the…
It’s already hard enough to just go mountain biking where there are no trails. It’s already hard enough to just walk on a slackline suspended in the air. So naturally, it makes perfect sense to go mountain biking on a slackline. Wait. What? That’s what Kenny Belaey did. He rode his bike on a slackline over a 367-foot…
Called Surfing Trails, you would think this beautiful video about Bali is about, well, surfing. But nope! It’s a biking video that travels through the wonderland that is Bali, exploring trails on volcanoes and cuts through the forest and jumps through the hills. It’s a lovely exploration of the island.
The big surprise in this legitimately bonkers biking video is that there is absolutely no surprise in what happens. You see everything happen before it happens even though you’re in disbelief as it is about to happen and question if this could really happen. I mean, the bike rider, Primož Ravnik, rides straight down…
Police in San Francisco this weekend arrested a bicyclist for attacking a ZipCar with a u-lock during a Critical Mass ride. Watch the below video of the attack, feel its seething and pointless rage, and witness what may be the most stereotypically San Franciscan crime of recent memory.
What happens if you put a 4,000 watt motor—nearly five horsepower—on a bicycle built of strong, lightweight materials? I’ll tell you: pure craziness, heart-filling joy, and power pedaling at high speeds you could only dream of before.
A new electric bike — the Koben, from Karmic Bikes — promises to fix what ails the electric bicycle industry. We spoke to its designer to find out what those problems are, and how he thinks he’s solved them.
Here’s 100 seconds of what a professional rider can do in what looks like the hazy, foggy forest of your imagination. It nears perfection.
Of all the press cars I’ve had since I’ve moved to NC, the one that’s gotten the most attention by far has no doors, no floor, and all of one lonely horsepower. It’s both the crudest and yet most futuristic vehicle I’ve had so far. It’s a fascinating halfway point between bike and car called the ELF. I had one for a…
As many of you know, I recently moved to Philadelphia, a wonderful American city that’s home to excellent restaurants, and thrilling history, and beautiful architecture, and a wide range of bicyclists who received their training from the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
I did not realize that my dreams sometimes come to life.
Harry Houdini is alive, people. There's no other way to explain this car crash.
Thank gosh for ground clearance: this hapless bicyclist got knocked right on his face by a 14-wheeled cargo truck, which then ran him over in the middle of a Ningbo City intersection as captured by surveillance cameras.
When you think of fast rides, bicycles usually don't spring to mind, at least not before souped-up race cars and sleek motorcycles. Watching Francois Gissy speed over 207 miles per hour on a bicycle with a rocket strapped to it may change that.
The new Bell Super 2R modular bicycle helmet converts from a streamlined lid for the sidewalk to a full-face cage for mountain biking. Tech between the pads makes it almost like wearing one helmet on top of another.
The cyclist in the video above was riding through a London suburb "to gain some fitness," he writes on YouTube, when a car going the opposite direction suddenly turned right into the bike lane. The head-on collision that ensued is the stuff of bike-riding nightmares.
Amazingly, the cyclist survived this head-on crash, giving us a perfect first-person view of getting hit by a car.
Scott Simon's bio on the NPR website describes him as "one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters," and it's tough to argue with that. As a Peabody-winning journalist with decades of experience, Simon's credentials are unimpeachable, and as the Saturday host of Weekend Edition, he regularly shows…