Maker Faire 09: Cool Solar and Electric Bikes


Photos by Jaymi Heimbuch
Maker Faire is never a let-down when it comes to crazy modes of transportation. The faire featured a large section devoted to some pretty amazing bikes, not only built in interesting and cool ways, but also run off solar power or featuring electric hybrid capabilities. Here are a handful we thought were extra awesome.

This bike is created by Hybrid Mojo. It is made to carry one or two riders, and when you flip on electric assist, you can really sail down the road.

This one is...maybe not so much a bike as a chariot. The roof is a solar panel and riders are pulled along by a pretty well known public figure. Created by Bob Schneeveis, the motor is in President Obama's chest, which powers the legs.

President Obama, lead the way!!

This is a solar powered touring bike. Three large solar panels generate as much as 945 watts of electricity stored in a 36-volt battery. Once riders are pedaling about 10 miles per hour, a switch is flipped and the bike can zoom as fast as 21 miles per hour.

The creators, Mryan Bashin and Russell Wilcox can cover as much as 200 miles of ground a day. The bike is legally able to go anywhere bikes are permitted, which means they're eager to get going. They plan on covering thousands of miles on cross-country treks over then next 12 months.

This one isn't solar powered or hybrid, but it's pretty darn cool. A two-story bicycle. It definitely turns heads.

More on Solar and Electric Bikes:
Elementary School Teacher Builds Solar-Powered Tricycle
Best Buy to Start Selling Electric Bikes Next Month
GoCycle: The Electric Assist Bike We Have Been Waiting For?
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