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World’s First Flax Fiber Bicycle Wins EuroBike Gold Award

Posted By Mike Chino On September 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm In Green Products,Green Transportation,Innovation | 2 Comments

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Here at Inhabitat we love bikes that boast the latest and greatest high-tech materials [2], but we’re equally impressed by more organic takes on two-wheeled transportation [3]. Combining both of these approaches, Schwinn recently rolled out the Vestige, the world’s first bike built from biodegradable flax fibers. The sturdy flax-framed bike performs similarly to carbon fiber cycles, although the Vestige’s carbon footprint is much lower and it’s actually better at absorbing and dampening road vibrations. The bike also features a snazzy internal lighting system that is powered by a dynamo [4] in the front hub, making it a battery-free eco ride that lights up the night [5].

+ Schwinn [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/schwinn-vestige.jpg

[2] high-tech materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/10/transportation-tuesday-the-worlds-most-advanced-bicycle/

[3] organic takes on two-wheeled transportation: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/26/bambike-bamboo-bikes/

[4] dynamo: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/05/reader-tip-magtenlight-harvests-energy-from-your-bike-wheels/

[5] lights up the night: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/04/led-tire-lights-turn-any-bike-into-a-lightcycle/

[6] + Schwinn: http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/News

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