With so many “novelty” innovations hitting the design scene these days, it’s always nice to see products that actually make a difference, improve our daily lives, or solve a common problem. The Energy Return Wheel is certainly an incredible innovation for bike riders everywhere.
Let’s face it, always having to worry about proper air pressures in tires, or even popping them on rugged terrain can become a huge issue, especially when you use your bike to get back and forth to work every morning like many of us living in the city do. Colorado based designer Brian Russell of Britek is looking to solve this problem with his new airless bicycles tires, a technology he likes to call Energy Return Wheel. Rather than using air, the tires use rubber that has been stretched over a series of carbon nano tube reinforced composite rods that were designed to provide the same cushioning as traditional, air filled tires would provide. The best part is that the rods can be adjusted, allowing the tension on the rubber to adapt to different road conditions and terrains, improving both flexing and recoil cycling for riders.