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Environmental Sustainability.


Motorised bicycles offer a very good alternative means of transport in terms of environmental sustainability.  Not only do Fosscati bikes have tremendous fuel economy (85 -100km/litre) but the Fosscati 4-strokes have a particularly low environmental footprint because of their very high quality clean burning engines.  The Honda GXH 50 and 35cc motors meet the highest environmental standards (EPA) of the European Commission.  The 2-stroke motors are not as good in terms of emissions but they are still many times more carbon efficient than a small motor car.

2 year old Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet in Darwin NT 2010

Motorised Bicyles offer a really good alternative means of transport in areas where roads are already overcrowded with cars.  They are also of parrticular benefit in rural areas where public transport is practically non-existant (which includes most of rural NSW).  The motorised bicycle offers a very cheap, clean and efficient way to get about and they enable the user to go much further than would be possible on pedal power alone.  In hilly areas a pedal powered bicycle is really hard and slow going for people who are not seriously fit cycling enthusiasts.

A motorised bicycle does require pedalling to assist it on hills but the effort needed is nowhere near as strenuous as that required to propel a pedal cycle.  It is adviseable to pedal all the time to prevent  getting a numb bottom and it requires very little effort to pedal along under power.  For this reason they offer a great healing therapy for people recovering from major surgery to exercise in pleasant surroundings without putting weight on their legs.  In very hot weather the cooling effect of the wind in your face is greater than the heat generated by the effort of pedalling so the rider never arrives at the destination soaking with sweat.  In fact the endorphines generated by the mild physical effort is positively mood-changing.  Since I have changed over from driving a car to riding a motorised bicycle I have found my whole demeanour has been elevated both from the joy of cycling and the experience of whistling through the countryside with nothing between myself and the great outdoors.

The total cycling experience is beautifully expressed in the following quote:

“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV…On a cycle the frame is gone…You’re IN the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming…the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.”
–Robert M. Pirsig, from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

 

Motorised bicycles have the following benefits over electic powered bicycles:

They have a range of up to 240kms on a small tank of fuel and the 4-strokes can refuel at any service station;

They can climb hills much better than electric powered bicycles;

They do not require lengthy periods of recharging of batteries (using coal-generated electricity) and they do not have the recycling problems that lithium ion batteries present;

Electric powered bicycles are mostly Chinese-made and of poor quality and when a part fails it is often necessary to replace the whole motor because their are no individual parts available.  In some cases it is necessary to replace the whole bicycle because there are no replacement parts available at all!    Most electric bicycles currently being heavily marketed in Australia can not climb even the shallowest incline and are made of thick heavy steel tubing (considered necessary to support their heavy lead acid betteries) and are so slow on the level that it would be quicker to get off and walk.  To put it bluntly, those motors are not worth the weight of carrying because they do not offer any advantage whatsoever.  They couldn’t pull the skin off a custard.

In most cases they are only used a couple of times before the owner figures out that they are of absolutely no practical use whatsoever and consigns them to the garden shed.  This is why you see them at so many garage sales.  When a large item such as an electric bicycle is manufactured in huge quantities and can only be sold to the uninitiated and has no practical use whatsoever – either as a powered bicycle or even as an ordinary bicycle – it manages to achieve 100% unsustainability and becomes a total environmental liability.

Fosscati have, in the past, tried to inject new purpose into these cumbersome electric leviathans by taking the electric motors off, finding a recycling centre for them,  and installing a petrol engine in the frame but even the bicycle frames are so unnecessarily heavy and badly made that Giacomo was unwilling to allow the Fosscati name to be sullied by being associated with such poorly made bicycles.  It would be better to just pay the tipping fees for the electric bicycle and start from scratch with a better host frame.

This old electric cycle was totally useless and wouldn't pull the skin off a custard but a Fosscati motor has given it a new life.

Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike

I want to be a paper bike rider

It has to be seen to be believed, but riding on the success of their award-winning Paper-Pulp Canoe, German engineers Zeug and Unsinn have created the Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike – set to revolutionise the way we get around city spaces forever!

Carry your bike around the shops

Made from the equivalent of two hundred red-top tabloids, the Re-Cycle is light, easy to carry and simple to assemble. In the time it would take you to flag down a cab, just follow the step-by-step instructions* to pop, fold, score and tear the pieces you need to assemble your bike in a flash. No glue, tape or staples required.

Paper ChainPaper chain

Calling on their experience of the paper pulp industry, Zeug and Unsinn have designed the Re-Cycle’s saddle using the same technology that protects hens’ eggs in transit. The rounded contours and soft material “intuitively” adapt to each rider’s unique eggs. What’s more, this innovative design also doubles as a secure place to store your keys, wallet, or bike-lock.

But what makes this the perfect city bike? The answer is three-fold. Firstly, the Re-Cycle’s stylish travel bag lets you transport it with ease. Carry it discreetly on the tube, the train, the bus, in taxis, as hand luggage on aeroplanes, or store it in the boot of your car until it’s needed.

Corrugated cardboard wheelsRe-inforced corrugated
cardboard wheels

Secondly, the “unpoppable” corrugated wheels make riding on uneven surfaces feel exactly the same as riding on a completely level surface – reducing vibrations, muscle strain and paper cuts. Thirdly, the saddle and wheels can be quickly released using patented Rip/Tear technology. With these valuable parts removed, the bike can be left securely taped to a wall without the risk of theft.

Finally, capitalising on cutting-edge advances in vending machine cup manufacture, the Re-Cycle’s eco-friendly cardboard is plastic coated to make it almost completely impermeable to moisture – making it the most durable and hardwearing cardboard bicycle on the market.

Fold markingsFold Markings

However, when you’re finally ready to dispose of your bike, simply crumple it up and throw it in the bin, or onto your compost heap. The Re-Cycle will naturally degrade over the same period as a typical disposable coffee cup**.

* twelve steps for “Boris” setup, thirty-seven for “Racing” (includes helmet)
**75-80 years (approx)

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Product Features:
  • Self-assembly cardboard bike
  • Clear fold markings and instructions
  • Reinforced corrugated wheels
  • Quick-release saddle and front wheel using patented Rip/Tear technology™
  • Not suitable for use in rain, snow or heavy fog

Technical Specifications:

  • Maximum rider weight 50kg
  • Not suitable for riders under 16yrs
  • Plastic coated for durability. Not suitable for recycling

NOTE: The above article was written on April 1st.

Now back to reality……….

Article from EZine “Cityscape” July 2009 about Fosscati Motorized Bicycles and Sustainable Transport

CLICK BELOW TO READ

Or view the whole magazine here: CITYSCAPE JULY-2009

CONTACT GIACOMO FOSSCATI by e-mail:      fosscati@gmail.com

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FORZA FOSSCATI – Motorized Bicycles in Action

 About this video:
“4-stroke Fosscati Motorised Bicycles in Action in and around Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia”

REGULATIONS UNDER REVIEW IN AUSTRALIA

(To Be Completed in next month)

THE CITY IS CHOKING THANKS TO OUR IDEA OF TRANSPORT NIRVANA

Interesting Article by Ross Gittins in the Sydney Morning Herald 17 Feb 2010 with even more interesting public comments attached – click below to download.

The city is choking SMH 17.2.2010

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