Cycling remains one of the most ecological and efficient means of transport used worldwide. Yet despite the variations in style and purpose (Mountain bikes vs road bikes) much of the cycling world has remained the same for decades.
In a world constantly changing, looking for new and exciting ways to change what we already do, what are the groundbreaking changes that have been made to the millions of cyclists around the globe?
Dock less Bike Sharing
Car-pooling has been around for a while but has only really been applauded recently due to growing concerns for environmental preservation. Bikes however are already eco friendly, so why the need to share? If you have ever visited or even seen pictures of a nation that makes a concentrated effort to encourage cyclists, you will know that everyone bringing their own bike comes with its own issues. Fields of metal begin to pile up in urban areas where people park their bikes and leave them for hours as they conduct the duties of their day jobs. This is where the dock less bike sharing comes in. Unlike previous iterations of bike sharing, there is no required destination for you to have to return (or dock) your two-wheeler. The fact is that big cycle-friendly cities such as Copenhagen and Malmo are already highly saturated with enough motor-less metal to go around.
Ingeniously using GPS through easily accessible phone apps, the users can locate a nearby bike at any time. At the end of its usage the bike can then be deposited wherever is public nearby for someone else to come and use at their convenience. This new idea is sweeping places already big on the biking scene like Shanghai, but this useful ‘Uber for cyclists’ has encouraged companies to push this initiative to cities all around the globe.
Without a doubt cycling purists will rue the day that electric bikes become as popular as the classic, natural, man-powered peddler. Yet despite the claims that these motorized biking assistants are only for lazy people, various companies hoping to break the mold are constantly churning out newer models. With an origin that is similar to that of the smart car, the early designs of e-bikes looked clunky and alien compared to the now streamline frames of modern bicycles. Today companies such as Trek, Scott and Raleigh are creating designs that are indistinguishable from their manual counterparts. With more efficient batteries and more purpose-built models, E-bikes are quickly becoming preferable to everyone from casual commuters to mountain bikers.
With the ability to take out the strain from your ride, the electrics built into the bikes can propel the user forward for miles without assistance. This means all those dreaded uphill’s on your circuits or the return ride from work can become things of the past. Allowing anyone the ability to increase the length of their bike rides instead of choosing a car can only be a good thing. And for those who want to break a sweat, many fitness moguls say that over exertion is often a common practice that actually hinders progress, meaning having an E-bike could keep cyclists in their optimum workout state and still get them home.