Posts Tagged ‘concept’

Now I’m not a fan of folders but…

April 1, 2011

This is awesome.

BMW Zoombike Prototype. Germany, 1989

Commuter folder bike study from BMW with alumiunum framework. All integrated systems like 3-speed drive train, front and rear light with rechargeable battery. Carbon disc wheels.

Designed by Richard Sapper for BMW car company. Only some prototypes had been made, no serial production. Very original except upgraded Flite titanium saddle and brake levers.

Via.

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Bianchi Celeste.

October 12, 2010

Trek Speed Concept.

May 28, 2010

I spotted this Trek, this morning and after reading some Trek written spiel it’s advantages I promptly gave up reading anymore. It was all a little bit too much “wind tunnel” talk for me. I then saw this great comment on Bike radar from one Mr Igamogam, which read:

Personally, I think the UCI should take a new tack and abandon the TT bike. All the recent efforts to make bikes more “marketable and rideadable” are silly if you continue to allow TT specific bikes. To ordinary cyclists the development of TT bikes has reached a stage where there is very little useful benefit. The whole concept of the specialised TT rig encourages a technological arms race which is to say the least a little bizarre. It’s no longer about the rider but the bike…

If riders had to ride their normal RR bikes with no aero helmets or tri-bars it would make very little difference to who would win the TTs (it would still be the best “testers” – but slower times) but at least the machines would have some similarity to normal bikes.

The setting of the “athlete”s record for the hour was an opportunity to mark a return to normal bikes for TTs but it was frittered away by the UCI. Perhaps it’s time to step back and let riders race on bikes not cut down formula one cars?

Such a great point.
Read more on the Trek.

Vanhulsteijn.

December 9, 2009

Vanhulsteijn – Custom built stainless Steel framesets out of Holland.

These look, well, interesting to say the least. I must admit though they do look a little on the flexy side, especially seeing as though they seem to have almost nothing supporting the rear end. That said it is unlikely that you would want to buy one of these for ‘mashing’ as I can’t see power transfer being high on the list of Vanhulsteijn’s build priorities!

Also somewhat reminding me of this:

The great big hunk of Magnesium sh*t that was known as the Kirk.

I may have mentioned this previously but I owned a Kirk when I was about 15 and that also suffered from a flexible frame. It flexed so bad in-fact it that it turned itself around corners and not from the use of the handlebars either I might add but from the pressure applied to the pedals. Fail.

If you are going to build a bike made out of some sort of metal that is to be ridden proper do not change the design. Why would you if not only for aesthetic purposes? There is a perfectly good reason why the Bicycle has been around for so long in it’s current ‘double diamond’ formation and that reason is because it works.

R-011.

December 7, 2009


This is the beast known as the Rafael r-011. The detail that get’s me is the aero bottle at the front of the bicycle… That is a great concept right there.

Read more about the r-o11 at Bicycle Design.

I want a go.

November 5, 2009

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Our project, simplicity in inner city bicycling, was at first glance a fun aesthetic opportunity in new trends, color, and materials. Our target lived / worked in an inner city environment with minimal space. Bicycling at this level can be more about fashion and culture than speed and performance.

After the first few brainstorm sessions we knew there where bigger opportunities. The project ended up rethinking what a “frame” meant, getting ride of basic key components, and creating a new type of compact bicycling. Inspired by the first the “hobby horse” from it’s simplicity and secondly the cafe race scene. Each is an exercise in stripping something down to its core.

J Ruiter via MilanoFixed.

One Mo(ser) thing 2.

October 21, 2009

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Now this is what I call ‘rolling on dubs’ or ‘rolling double dueces’ or even ‘rolling on twenties’ but that rear wheel is like one whole meter across plus a bit more! Big.

I also love that the rear wheel is so big it has to pierce the seat tube. Brilliant.

Mmmmmmmmm!

June 8, 2009

These look the biz, especially the white ones… I am totally digging on the spots!

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Via Lockedcog.

Hype.

May 13, 2009

Bianchi x Hypebeast x Solebox

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Hypebeast and Solebox have collaborated with Bianchi on these two bikes. Hypebeast on the D2 Pista and Solebox on the Cr-Mo Pista. Apparently they are meant to match some sneakers that both HB and SB did with Adidas, that said I still think these bikes are plain as hell and colour co-ordination like this makes my eyes bleed.

Sorry for the hate folks but these bikes are wack.


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