Kid if you must, but this piece on how an enterprising guy in Nairobi adds motors to bicycles — making some transportation magic happen — blew me away. (Thanks, BTW, Mr. Shalin, for the awesome tip!) Obviously here in the USA this sets off the lawyer crowd in a major way, and pisses off road planners and pretty much everyone else, too. But it’s not unprecedented here, either: I’ve seen smaller electric-only versions of this even here in Texas. Sure, they may not always be completely legal, but hell: If it works, people will give it a go.
Check out the full post on the AfriGadget site for lots more detail (and a video!), but here’s the skinny: The guy who built the bike in the picture imports Japanese 48cc two-strokes, and installs ’em on bicycles. The result: a “motorcycle” with a top speed of around 25 mph — that gets about 164 miles per gallon.
Imagine one of these in San Francisco — assuming it could handle the inclines. It’d be pretty darn handy, and you could always pedal your way home if you screwed up and ran out of petrol. Of course, that’s also assumes you don’t brain yourself on a tree (or a car).
Motorized Bicycles in Nairobi [AfriGadget]