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One of the sweetest electric bikes I’ve seen…BUT…

Yes, the environmental impact, or footprintof an electric bicycle is monumentally smaller than a combustion vehicle. It takes up less space on the road, is more navigable than an automobile, can be transported easier, and of course, uses very little fossil fuel throughout its use.

That said and at the risk of not knowing the actual design drivers for this project, I’m wondering why they chose such a costly environmental unfriendly material – billet aluminum. Procuring solid billet aluminum requires a gratuitous amount of energy and water to produce, which translates into its GHG (green house gas) equivalent (environmental impact) to be VERY high with respects to other structurally comparable materials. According to a study done by PE International & Five Winds released Mar 10, 2010, for every pound of primary aluminum ingot produced (keep in mind this figure does not…

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2012 has turned out to be amazing for sport. The UK’s collective morale has been lifted by moments of pure inspiration of the highest calibre.

Last night proved to be the latest edition of sporting heroics, with Europe providing the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history. Watching Ian Poulter near single-handedly create moment out of nothing, Justin Rose’s monumental 30-foot putt on the 17th stunning the US team into doubt, Luke Donald’s calm head, Paul Lawrie’s battering of golfs form player, McIlroy’s brilliance, Westwood’s big match moment, Garcia’s Ballesteros spirit and Kaymer’s German steel sparked thoughts of Wiggins, Farah, Murray, Ennis, Peacock, Rutherford et al. The spirit of Seve provided such an emotional cause for Team Europe for fight for, and it is that which truly sums up British sport this summer. Pure emotion and fighting spirit.

Sport has provided such a welcome relief in a difficult time and for that I say thank you, my faith in humanity is once again restored.