407 Bicycle Solutions: The Very Versatile Velocipede

Pedal power epitomises the type of solutions we need to embrace for a brighter future: efficient, accessible, human scale, non-polluting, simple, field-repairable, etc. Hence this little homage: 26 different bike round-ups totally some 407 bicycle solutions.

We begin with a link to an external slideshow from ABC Online, showcasing 12 examples of the wonderful power of the pedal. The photograph above, from that collection, shows Vietnamese bicycles transporting bamboo fish traps. Another, shown after the jump, highlights the bicycle generating electricity to operate a fan cooling Filipino jail inmates.

Then we take you on a quick tour of own bicycle round-ups from over the years, covering everything from folding bikes, through cargo bikes, bike trailers, trikes, quad bikes, lawn mowing bikes, bamboo bikes, and plenty more besides.

17 Examples of Pedal Power and Propulsion



From blimps to winged aircraft. From washing machines to hovercraft and roller coasters and beyond, if it is moves chances are the pedal can propel it.
17 Examples of Pedal Power and Propulsion

13 Quadracycles: Four Wheel Bike Round-Up



We use the term 'bicycle' or 'bike' as a bit of catch-up phrase, but it also embraces those human powered vehicles that get by on four wheels, not two, including those assisted by arms and beer!
13 Quadracycles: Four Wheel Bike Round-Up

15 Tricycles For Grown Ups: Three Wheels Round Up



That's not to suggest that pedal power is limited to an even number of wheels either. Three will do just fine too, be it for industrial load haulers, children transporters or high speed recumbents.
15 Tricycles For Grown Ups: Three Wheels Round Up

21 Small Wheel Bicycles - The Zippy Revolution



Nor is the bike size-ist when it comes to the diameter of wheels. Anything as small as a weeny skateboard wheel upwards is fair game to make a bike from.
21 Small Wheel Bicycles - The Zippy Revolution

6 Small Wheel Folding Bikes: BuyGreen



And here's half a dozen of those smaller wheels, that come with the added bonus of folding down even smaller for storage or passage on other modes of transport.
6 Small Wheel Folding Bikes: BuyGreen

5 Large Wheel Folding Bikes: BuyGreen



It's a trick that bicycle's larger wheeled brethren has also been adept at mastering, and in many ways has had to been even cleverer to accomplish.
5 Large Wheel Folding Bikes: BuyGreen

13 Racks And Bags. Bicycle Cargo, Chapter 1



For many people, both in developed and i developing countries, a bike is sole means of transport, not just for commuting or recreation, but also moving around their goods and chattels. This post, the first in a series of five looks at just some of the ways they do that.
13 Racks And Bags. Bicycle Cargo, Chapter 1

21 Bike Trailers. Bicycle Cargo. Chapter 2



Another highlight the myriad forms of trailers that bicycles can tow, from single wheel cross country touring models to smooth riding trailers for safely moving children.
21 Bike Trailers. Bicycle Cargo. Chapter 2

22 Extended Frame Bikes. Bike Cargo, Chapter 3



Some clever folk believe the utility of a trailer can be blended right into the bike itself, by some judicious extension of the frame. Some stretch it forwards, others to the rear.
22 Extended Frame Bikes. Bike Cargo, Chapter 3

22 Cargo Bike Business (A - L). Bicycle Cargo: Chapter 4



In all these innovative forms of pedal-powered cargo hauling, lie the seeds of a planet friendly enterprise, whether the need is to transport compost or ice creams, parcels or photographic equipment, bikes can step up to the plate.
22 Cargo Bike Business (A - L). Bicycle Cargo: Chapter 4

24 Cargo Bike Business (M to Z). Bicycle Cargo: Chapter 5



Even though we had so many non-recreational examples of bikes being utilised for the carriage of all manner of cargo that we had to split it into two, these forty or so examples barely scrap the surface of what a bicycle is capable of as a business venture.
24 Cargo Bike Business (M to Z). Bicycle Cargo: Chapter 5

12 Industrial Bikes that Get the Job Done (Slideshow)



In this post we tip the hat further to this great tradition of using human-propelled vehicles as beasts of burden and trace a little of their heritage.
12 Industrial Bikes that Get the Job Done (Slideshow)

16 Crazy Bikes Collection by Oobject



And not wanting to be serious all the time, we let the hair down now and then with fun examples of bikes that bring a smile to the face.
16 Crazy Bikes Collection by Oobject

13 Lawnmowing Bicycles. The Cutting Edge



A lawn mower has wheels and so does a bike, so one should've expected that sooner or later they would breed and spawn some rather quirky offspring. Though practicality may not have been a trait that survived intact from the union.
13 Lawnmowing Bicycles. The Cutting Edge

10 Bike Speed Events, How Fast Can a Bicycle Go?



If it moves, human curiosity wants know the limits of just how fast it can move. So it is with bikes. Snow clad mountains, volcanoes, desert roads, salt lakes have all been enlisted to answer this question.
10 Bike Speed Events, How Fast Can a Bicycle Go?

10 of the World's Best Biking Trails



Have bike. Will travel. The planet is waiting.
10 of the World's Best Biking Trails

16 Bike Types and How to Choose Your Ride (Slideshow)



With so many forms of the venerable bicycle on the market, we wanted to strip away any confusion that might be halting any potential new rider from seizing the opportunity to ride the world's most efficient human-made transport.
16 Bike Types and How to Choose Your Ride (Slideshow)

20 Freaky Bikes As Selected by Matador Life



Some more bizarre bikes to inject a little levity and playfulness into our day
20 Freaky Bikes As Selected by Matador Life

20 Extraordinary Loads on Ordinary Bikes



The combination of ingenuity, necessity and a bicycle is an equation that seems capable of circumventing the most overwhelming odds.
20 Extraordinary Loads on Ordinary Bikes

10 Wild 'N Crazy Bike Designs



Sometimes bike designers can't see past the 'fun' in function. But that's okay, we need our inner child enlivened more often.
10 Wild 'N Crazy Bike Designs

10 Best Bamboo Bikes For Style and Performance (Slideshow)



Efficiency squared! One of the world's most effective plants meets the most effective transport medium.
10 Best Bamboo Bikes For Style and Performance (Slideshow)

5 Fab Bike Solutions Seen On The Streets At COP-15



As the world grappled with big problems, a small solution displayed huge opportunities.
5 Fab Bike Solutions Seen On The Streets At COP-15

50 Top Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. from Bicycling Magazine



Our American riders get to see which metropolises most favour the brilliant bicycle.
50 Top Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. from Bicycling Magazine

11 Most Bicycle Friendly Cities Worldwide



And the rest of the world gets a look in too.
11 Most Bicycle Friendly Cities Worldwide

5 Bicycle Storage Options: TreeHugger Picks



At the end of the day, whether used for play, commuting or enterprise even bikes need to sleep. Here's just a handful of the creative ways they can do that.
5 Bicycle Storage Options: TreeHugger Picks

8 Designer Bicycles for Two-Wheeling Fashionistas



One more cyclist is one less motorist, whether they are poor or rich. One more journey by bike is one less trip exhausting finite fossil fuels. The planets benefits no matter the wealth of the rider.
8 Designer Bicycles for Two-Wheeling Fashionistas

And this list doesn't even cover the hundreds of individual bicycle posts we've highlighted during the past six years. we hope you find the bike as inspiring as we do.

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