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After a break for Christmas and New Year, we return with the first Wheelie Good Round-Up of 2012. We hope you enjoy the selections below…

1. The ice bike
What bike do you ride if you have to go across miles and miles of hardened snow as Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton is currently doing for her ride to the South Pole for Sports Relief. We blogged on Helen’s forthcoming trip to the Antarctic last month (click here to read it) but details of the ice bike she was going to be using were pretty scarce at the time. Now the ice bike, which has to function in -25C temperatures with windspeeds that can reach up to 80 mph, has been revealed. Made by US all-terrain bike brand Hanebrink, the bike (as pictured below) has huge tyres to make sure the bike can grip the snow. More details of the bike can be found here.

2. Transformer bike
A people building their own tall bike is nothing new. Such bikes can be made simply by connecting two conventional bicycle frames by welding or other means, one atop the other. The drive train of the bike is reconfigured to connect to the set of pedals on the upper bike. Tall bikes are perfectly rideable if a bit difficult to get off! This problem has been solved by one smart Russian bike builder, who has come up with the Transformer Bike. This bike interchanges between a normal bike position and a tall bike in one movement while you pedal so you don’t have to stop to change between the two. We’re not quite sure what purpose it serves though!

3. The rules of road cycling
If you’ve seen the movie Fight Club, you’d know there are the rules of Fight Club, the number one being that no one talks about Fight Club. Someone has done a road cycling equivalent called The Rules. The rules and the language do come across a bit macho and we think it is largely fits those people who love to go out on a club ride every week. We’re wondering if any of you obey all the rules?

4. A bike with no pedals
The draisine or the Dandy Horse as it was nicknamed was effectively the world’s first bicycle except someone hadn’t come up with the idea of pedals in the early 1800s. Odd as it seems now, people used to ride the Dandy Horse by propelling themselves along the ground with their feet in a regular walking or running motion using the handlebars to steer. Now it is making a bit of comeback, albeit in a modernised form, as a way of helping people with emphysema (a disease of the lungs that causes shortness of breath) get around more easily. A small pilot study has found that people with emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases actually did better on an indoor walking test when they used the bike-like draisine device than using a rollator (a four-wheeled frame with handles that people push in front of them as they walk).

Here comes the science bit…
Global Cool wants you to lead a green and happy life. This article can help you to be green by:

1. Showing you that cycling is really super cool and everyone should do it.
2. If you can’t cycle then just make sure you get on public transport rather than driving.

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