Now that fossil fuels are really running out, bikes are going to become more popular, more important, and more widely used. This is a great opportunity for bike-lovers to shape the future, and maybe even get rich in the process.
Any creative ideas on new inventions, or new services for bikes/bikers? Here are a few ideas, free for the taking:
A private bike tollway for fast commutes. It was done once before; here's a link:
Service stations for bikes. Places along main roads where they could quickly fix a flat, true a wheel, pump a tire, or adjust brake cables. Good food, better than the 7-11 junk we have to put up with.
Private bike campgrounds. Something like the hiker-biker state park campgrounds you see today, but fully catering to cyclists. Think good, rich food; excellent laundry facilities; showers with high water pressure; massage therapists...
A type of rack or bag that you could use to carry a business suit on a bike, for white-collar bike commuters.
A bike that goes on water. (Not those sluggish paddle boats you rent in parks, but something fast and sleek that runs on your own power)
Bike-specialized travel agencies (you ride a fully loaded bike to the airport, where the agency has pre-arranged for the bike to be packed and put on the plane--oops! No fossil fuels maybe means no planes--and all the fees, customs, etc. are taken care of)
"Tribrids." A vehicle that combines solar power, pedaling, and some kind of stored energy to generate more speed and power, making it possible to haul a huge load or carry passengers, or go for a long distance without exhausting yourself.
"Spot" rentals for bikes-they already have something like this in parts of Europe, which works like the carts at the airport. You put some money in (or swipe a card) and a bike is unlocked from a rack, for you to use as long as you wish. When your done, you return it to a rack in another location, and you get part of your money back.
Endless possibilites for designing new bikes and bike gear, not to mention all kind of books, videos, sporting events, and entertainment.
I've got a few ideas of my own that I'm already working on. Why not find a way to make a good living with something you love?