The only thing cheap about Brilliant is the price

first_img A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Editors’ Recommendations The Best Long-Distance Bike Trails Across America Bicycles are a hot commodity, but sadly, it often seems like the days of the basic commuter bike are long gone. Consumers now seem to be more concerned with high-quality specs and the latest touring gear than the actual ride itself, which should be what truly matters. Thankfully, small company’s like Brilliant Bicycle Co. are beginning to rethink how the average person goes about cycling, offering a two minimalist models — the Astor and the Mayfair — through its direct-order website.Related: Sol and ECCO team up to craft an ultra-stylish commuter bicycleOrdering your bicycle is only the beginning. Both models are comprised of 1020 steel and feature 32-millimeter tires, and though neither offering is considered particularly high-end, both are designed to last so long as you take proper care of them. The two models are substantially different, too, with the Mayfair functioning much like a traditional cruiser and the Astor more like its touring counterpart. The latter model is also available as a single-speed ($300), three-speed ($400), and seven-speed bike ($500), while the former is currently only available in a three-speed model ($400).The sheer girth of color and speeds is only one part of Brilliant’s appeal, though. Each handmade bicycle comes nearly complete with headset installed and the cables in place, meaning you merely need to attach the handlebars, seat, and front wheel before riding. Easy-to-follow, written instructions and all the necessary tools to assemble the bike come bundled with the package, too, and each bike features a beautiful matte finish intended to compliment the classic frame and supple leather seat. Waterproof construction and a relatively lightweight frame — the smallest of which weighs just under 28 pounds — make it suitable for most everyday scenarios, while the host of available accessories only further its functionality if the bike itself isn’t enough.We doubt you’ll win the Tour de France with the help of Brilliant Bicycle Co., but you might just make it downtown with some time to spare and style in tow.Check out Brilliant Bicycle Co. online for more information, or to browse the company’s selection of bike models and accompanying accessories. Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle center_img 1. Astor (Luguna Blue) 2. Mayfair (Tangerine) 3. Astor (Marsala) 4. Mayfair (Simply White) 5. Astor (Frosted Mint) 6. Mayfair (Ink Black) 7. Astor (Oxford Green) 8. Mayfair (Blue Patina) 9. Astor (Steel Blue) What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacylast_img read more

Meet Irelands bright sparks at the BT Young Scientist Technology exhibition

first_imgIF THERE’S A sign that the future of Ireland is in good hands, it could be the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which is running at Dublin’s RDS until Saturday.When ventured in to see what was on offer at the 550 stands, we met teens with great ideas, big plans, and who were brimming with confidence.Over the next three days we will bring you some of the secondary school students we met at the RDS, but there are even more down there whose work is on display until Saturday.Yes, the event will have winners in a number of categories, but it was clear from this year’s participants that the joy in the exhibition is the process rather than the competition.Students have worked on projects about farming, mould, food, road safety maths problems, and even what to feed hens. Some were working on solutions to everyday problems; other students were grappling with concepts that many adults would find it hard to grasp.The exhibition is now in its 50th year, and on Saturday the astronaut Chris Hadfield will pay the teens a visit. Perhaps one of those he meets will become an Irish astronaut; just like their predecessors over the past five decades, many of the students are destined to go on to great things.Here’s the first of our looks at what goes on at the event:(Video Fifty years of innovation: BT Young Scientist launches today>last_img read more