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I Believe I Can Fly: Dicer Bikes' motorized bicycle

If you’ve spent any time in the Far East, you’ll have seen a Flying Pigeon. It’s the omnipresent bicycle owned by every middle-class Chinese family. Over 500 million have been made, but few are as quick as this one: a powered version with a boardtrack vibe and a top speed of 70 kph.<p>The Screaming …

Motorcycles

Slowly Does It: Hookie’s laid-back Yamaha SR250 SE

Most people associate motorcycles with speed. But this pretty little SR250 SE from Hookie Co. is all about slowing down and enjoying life.<p>With just 20 horsepower on tap, a mid-80s SR250 isn’t going to break any speed records. (Braking is via good old-fashioned drums.) But that’s just fine for Nico …

This Teardrop Trailer Lets You Camp in Steampunk Style

When Dave Moult pulls up to a camp site, people gather around to see what he’s hauling. There are few things that will beat a mid-1960’s dove blue, split window Volkswagen bus in the looks department, but Dave’s homemade steampunk camper, the Campenarti, does it with ease.<p>This absolutely gorgeous …

The Divestment Movement Has Grown 50-Fold In Just One Year

The divestment movement is really gaining steam — non-coal, non-fossil-fuel powered steam.<p>Investors representing $2.6 trillion in assets have pledged …

Clean Technology

5 Small-Space Ideas to Steal From This Cool Caravan

There's style (and some super-smart storage moves) to be found inside.<p>This tiny caravan — the Wohnwagon, designed in Austria — might inspire romantic notions of hitting the open road and never looking back, but we're realists. There's few of us who can pick up and get of Dodge at a moment's …

Camper Trailers

V4 Extreme Commando Camper Trailer<p>Overview<p>If you want a tough, well-finished off-road trailer with impressive load capacity, the <b>“Extreme Commando”</b> is …

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Raht Racer velomobile may let riders pedal "as fast as a car"

Most velomobiles consist of a recumbent tricycle body, enclosed by a full aerodynamic fairing. Some of them also have an electric-assist motor, …

Ottawa couple turns retro appliances, vintage cameras into quirky lamps

Tim Cutts and Margaret Sommerville know how to light up a room — using everything from tarnished kettles and hand mixers to old musical instruments, …

Couple Lives Off-the-Grid in Incredible Floating, Self-Sustainable Home

Since 1992, husband and wife Wayne Adams and Catherine King have lived completely off-the-grid in a floating home made of 12 platforms in Cypress Bay, British Columbia. The Canadian couple and their two kids are completely self-sustaining, eating whatever King grows in her garden as well as the …

Sustainability

Recycling Glass Insulators Into Pendant Light

Start diamond drill bits at 2500-5000 RPM<p>I used a 1/2″ diamond bit I got at the home improvement store for $7.<p>Now let me try and expand the …

Jewelry

Little Baby: Cafe Racer Dreams' SR125

Let’s be honest: most of the bikes that make waves on the custom scene are big-budget builds. They cost as much as a new motorcycle driven off a showroom floor.<p>And that’s fine, because that’s the price of personalization in a commoditized world. High-level artistry does not come cheap. But it’s …

Motorcycles

Le French Atelier's Yamaha TW200

The Yamaha TW125 is one of the oddities of the motorcycling world. It’s short, high-ridin’ and underpowered.<p>It doesn’t sound promising—but over the past 15 years, the TW125 has built up a strong fan base. And if you’ve ridden a fat-tired TW over the sand dunes, you’ll know how much fun it can …

Off-roading

The Black Douglas: A Two-Wheeled Morgan

Fabio Cardoni is a man after our own hearts. “Steel is more beautiful than plastic, and simplicity is more appealing than complexity,” he says.<p>Sig. Cardoni runs The Black Douglas Motorcycle Company, which makes the vintage-styled machine you see here. Called the Sterling, it’s the two-wheeled …

Motorcycles

This is one terrific steampunk teardrop trailer

Teardrop trailers are wonderful things, a classic aerodynamic design that slides through the air when you are towing it. Dave Moult takes teardrops …

Russian Artist Creates Steampunk Animals From Old Car Parts, Watches And Electronics

Russian artist Vigor Verniy has managed to create truly spectacular works of art using old compartment from spare parts and junk. Working the metal …

During mild weather in the Joshua Tree area of California, artist Andrea Zittel’s “Wagon Station Encampment” comes alive with artists, designers, hikers and campers and many of them stay in these elevated sleeping pods that allow for comfort, protection from the elements and fresh air. Read more: http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-concept/andreas-encampment/

Are tiny houses legal? Yes.

Perhaps the biggest barrier to smaller living is the misconception that tiny houses are illegal. They’re not. Here’s why.But first, a disclaimer on …

Creative Commons

Steampunk Themed Propeller Ceiling Fan.

Introduction: Steampunk Themed Propeller Ceiling Fan.<p>My children gave me a 6’ replica Sopwith propeller for Fathers<br>day and by a happy coincidence we …