Riding bicycles was the right of passage during our childhood, it was our method of fun and transportation until we were old enough to drive. Then we parked our two-wheeled bicycles for four-wheeled cars. That right of passage is now coming full circle with us as we look for ways to save gas by parking our cars and once again ride bicycles. Bicycles with advanced technology like changing gears with a twist of a dial and bicycles that have a gas powered wheel for easier riding up a steep hill makes the choice to save gas by a return to bicycle riding easier.
The advanced technology of the ‘NuVinci’ in bicycle gears have made riding and the choice to save gas easier. Ball bearings and two rotating metal discs housed inside the rear hub of the bicycles create the perfect gear ratio for any terrain with the twist of a dial. Ironically, the NuVinci advanced technology currently used in bicycles was inspired by a 600 year old Leonardo da Vinci sketch, and NuVinci advanced technology may one day be used in cars (again we see bicycle riding coming full circle). Top of the line bicycles like the Ride feature a transmission with the NuVinci advanced technology, the current price of bicycles with the NuVinci advanced technology make them bicycles for serious riders only. It would save gas, but it would take a while to save enough on gas to re-coup the initial $3,000 investment for one of these bicycles.
A more affordable option to make bicycle riding easier and save gas is the advanced technology of a gas powered wheel for bicycles. Saving gas by using a gas powered wheel sounds illogical, but the gas powered wheel is only for use when you need a little extra boost for bicycle riding up steep hills, and the gas powered bicycle wheel still uses far less gas than any car on the road. This gas powered wheel will fit in place of a bicycles front wheel and the controlling throttle will fit on the bicycles handlebar, one touch of the throttle will give the rider a gas boost for an easier uphill ride. The advanced technology of the gas powered wheel is scheduled to be released later on this year by Revowheel and will cost around $600.
Advanced technology has not forgotten those wanting go green and to save gas. Bamboo bicycle frames are available with an eye on the environment and to save gas. The bicycle frame is fashioned from bamboo, not metal. Save gas and help save the environment with these bamboo bicycles, might hurt your wallet a little however. The bamboo bicycle frame will run you around $2,695.
Don’t despair if the price of advanced technology seems too high to help you save gas today, it doesn’t always cost money to save gas, some cities are planning public bicycle sharing programs in an effort to save gas. Riding bicycles keeps getting easier, more ways to save gas will be discovered and the price of advanced technology always gets cheaper after the initial introduction.