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Non-Standard Bicycle Technology Manufacturers
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Standard Bike Technology
This page is mostly about sources of non-standard bicycle. For the story on standard bikes see:
Arm Powered Technology
Folding Bike Technology
(Folding bicycles show some of their best advantages when they are regularly used in inter-modal travel -- part of the trip is by plane, train, bus, boat, etc. The various models folding bikes demonstrate great diversity, which generates endless debate among aficionados about relative attributes; such as weight, stiffness, speed of assembly, compactness, number of gears, wheel size, price, etc. Invariably, with the strength of one attribute there is a compromise in another category. In the end the best mix of attributes is very personal to the user and how they plan to use the bike. Despite what you might be told by others, we have not found one where "one-size-fits-all". But don't misconstrue this, we believing that the technology, in all its diversity, is a great asset in facilitating additional non-motorized transportation and one of these bikes might be right for you.)
Recumbent Bicycle Technology
Recumbent means to recline. Recumbents have their advocate just because they are recumbent, but they also significant because they provide back support and a different body positions which can be very helpful for people with various conditions that make riding traditional bicycles difficult -- back and neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are shopping for a recumbent you are going to have to sort through the several styles of bikes, each with its own advantages and drawbacks. The issues we have heard about start with price, reinforced with; harder to store, harder to transport, not as maneuverable in traffic, less visibility, etc. None of this is to say that the aren't a good ride and the people who use them love them. Many manufacturers have distributors on multiple continents.
Tandems Bicycles Technology
Tricycles Single and Tandem Technology
Quadracycles (and more) Technology
Cargo Bikes, Cargo Trailers & Infant Trailers Technology
Child Third-Wheel / Trailer Bikes Technology
Electric-Assist and Other Power Assist Cycle Technology
The number of e-bike manufactures seems to increase by the month so it is likely that this list is missing some entries. Over all of the bikes, the majority of the motor systems are supplied by BionX, Bosch, Brose, Shimano, TanzX or Yamaha. Most motors are at the rear hub or mounted to the frame at the bottom bracket. E-bike batteries can't be taken on airlines.
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