The rack clamps to the wheel axle and seat post, enabling hands-free riding, Silva says.
Huntington Beach, CA -- You've been surfing all day, and it's time to pedal home from the beach. But how do you bring your board?
The Shuttle Surf Rack lets you carry a five to 10-foot surfboard on a bike, without towing a miniature trailer. At five to 15 lbs, surfboards aren't too heavy, but they can catch a lot of wind.
Taiwan-based inventor Gary Silva had co-founded a bicycle design company in 1999 called Phat Cycles. He quickly realized that surfers had very few options to carry their gear.
So he created the patented Shuttle Surf Rack.
The frame is made out of Hi-Ten tubing (a little heavier than the standard Cro-Moly used in many bicycle frames). Rubber pads on the frame protect the surface of the board. And an adjustable angle lets the rider balance his board parallel to the ground, so it creates very little wind drag as he rides.
"It is completely aerodynamic; even better than a shuttle on top of a 747," Silva says. Ä
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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