There are lots of super-designed bicycle models out there. Many of them are extremely weird as well. But seriously, how many of them are useful?
Creative design can be pure art or it can add usefulness to its product. When an item combines beauty and practicality, then it becomes an excellent product.
Many of our cities are having increasing transport problems: traffic jams, accidents, inefficient public transport… All of them have consequences in ecology, safety, economy and society.
Some cities, like Amsterdam (Netherlands), are an example of positive changes towards an alternative transport tool such as the bicycle. The city is designed to privilege riders -who are majority there- with special lanes.
Why not imitating them, thus upgrading our quality of life? Here is a collection of inspirational bikes that may encourage us, casual users, to use a money-saving, healthy, safe, eco-friendly and efficient vehicle: the bike.
This sympathetic bike was created by University of Technology Sydney student Frag Woodall. As you can see, its small wheels don’t allow the user to ride a long distance. This is because the bike is design for the “last-mile” – the short distance between home public transport and the end destination.
The Everglide is not just folding but once you folded it you can choose if you want to carry it on your back or to wheel it as an airport luggage.
Woodall says the design language of this bike is based on a specific user profile – educated, socially aware people that are known to be ‘time-poor’ and ‘tech-savvy’. This is why “phones and iPods are able to be plugged-in and regeneratively charged with the added technology of a frictionless magnetic dynamo”.
Materials used are 7005 series aluminium and carbon fibre. This combination provides the bicycle both longevity and light weight, says Woodall.
Another reason for geeks to leave the computer chair and go out to make some sport.
This bike was designed by Barcelona-based D-Tank studio for Cannondale, and its simplistic design contrasts with its hyper-sophisticated technology.
Although it was not manufactured yet, its design includes an iPod connector, so that the geek on the bike can see information on speed, covered distance and more. In addition, there is a rear-view camera that substitutes mirrors.
Impossible to Steal or Puncture
This prototype has a built-in locking system that can only be activated and opened by the owner’s fingerprint. The computer-equipped machine can also monitor the amount of calories burned, and its battery will assist you when going up a steep hill.
The tires are puncture-proof and self-inflating.
Reality or sci-fi?
The design of this Strida bike looks crazy, alternative and funny, that’s right. And it is folding, like many others. But what makes this bike really different? Its chain. The designers have substituted the classical one for a rubber belt. This has the enormous advantage that neither your hands nor your clothes get greasy after you fold it.
Designer Harald Cramer decided to integrate handle bars, stem and fork in the same piece. The crank is designed like a ring and mounted in the inside of the frame by two ball bearings.
In addition, the saddle has a hole to cool your bum!
What do you think? Will this prototype become real?
This bike is similar to the Everglide (the first reviewed bike of this post), but it’s electric.
Designer David Goncalvez decided that its folding composition be partial, so that it can be carried as a trolley and fastly charged without unfolding it.
And it looks like an alien!
So this is it. There are many more options out there. Just select to one that most compatible with your needs and start a greener, healthier and cheaper transport life!