Orbea’s Grow Series Bicycles For Kids Adjusts To Match Its Growing Rider

Orbea Grow Series Bike
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Orbea bicycles are expensive. Their new Grow series for kids is also expensive but will partially counter the high price by adjusting, expanding and growing with our kids. So far, Orbea has a pedal-less Grow 0 model for 1.5 – 4 year olds, the Grow 1 bicycle for 2.5 – 5 year olds, and the Grow 2 models for 4 – 9 year olds that comes in geared (7V) and un-geared (1V) versions. With the Grow 1 & 2, you can adjust the frame length plus the seat and handlebar height.

Although their price is on the high side, $235 (Grow 0) to $340 (Grow 2-7V), all Orbea bikes come standard with a lifetime warranty which will come in handy if you only have one kid now but are planning on having 5 or more. [Treehugger.com]

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Is Bicycle Freight Delivery The Solution For Reducing In-City Congestion And Pollution?

I’m not 100 % sure about this but it is an interesting idea – deliver freight to distribution centers just outside of the city and let bicycle-powered couriers bring it in the rest of the way. Grist.org has a full article about this idea and offers some bicycle based examples of trash pickup, food and flower delivery in other metro areas. Moving furniture via bicycle in the city is probably not an option but using bikes for smaller deliveries will reduce pollution and congestion.

As in other cities, Seattle has its share of bicycle taxis and they could be the foundation for bike based deliveries. But I have to tell you, some of these possible couriers might produce as much exhaust as a small delivery truck. I didn’t think a person could chain smoke while carting three adults up a hill. [Grist.org]

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Bike Dispenser: It’s European

Parking a car in a big city is anything but convenient. Public transportation can be over-crowded and the odors inside the subway typically do not mix well with breakfast, lunch or dinner. That’s where some fresh air and Bikedispenser come in.

This Dutch company created a contraption that literally dispenses a bicycle to a paying commuter right on the street. It’s open for business 24/7/365 and no actual human beings are involved in the transaction. The rental device can be customized for a number of settings including railway stations and park-and-ride lots. It can hold 30, 50 or 100 bikes depending upon need. Who would have thought that the country that brought us wooden shoes could make Jubbling so cool?

Although Jubbling staff might’ve injured themselves trying to figure out how the bikes get to the little doorway when someone places an order, the bigger unanswered brainteaser is how the idea would work here in the U.S. Only a few European countries have been using Bike Dispenser since 2007 so little is known about its long-term success or failure.

A similar rental idea using automobiles, called Zipcar, has been successfully operating in North America and some European cities. However, true Jubbling would lend itself to more pedal power and less throttle power. Even though America’s love affair with the car may be hard to break we can see this starting in already biker friendly cities like Seattle, Denver, Portland and Washington D.C. The only other enhancement would be to make them graffiti-proof. We suggest Brooklyn, NY, for a test city.

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