Posts in the category Concept

Found: Woodster CNC Machines Dead Trees Into Beautiful Bicycles

Woodster Bikes Front.ighmw

It seems that wood bikes are the new thing that every designer wants to solve, and they all do it a little different. Woodster departs from the idea of craftsman putting a lot of hours into a piece of art, and takes a technological approach, CNC machining them into hollow structures to build a precise, consistently manufactured frame.

They say one of their reasons for using wood is that it is eco friendly, and they say buying a Woodster keeps 14kg of CO2 from the atmosphere, since wood is natural storage for CO2 pulled from the air by the living tree. We think it would actually reduce quite a bit more than that when you factor in the energy used to do heat treatment and welding on a steel frame.

Check out a few shots and a video of the swoopy cellulose rides after the jump…


Human Powered Vehicles Shown At The Detroit Auto Show By Future Cycles Artist’s Group


Artist group THE FUTURE PEOPLE is showing their new exhibit “Future Cycles” at the Detroit Auto Show through January 25th. Made to show human-powered vehicles that blur the lines between bicycles and cars, they show the world of internal combustion an alternative.

“We wanted to see just how far we could push the legal definition of bicycle to provide a car-like experience with very low energy input,” says designer Cameron Van Dyke. “In doing this we hope to get people to consider if there might be better ways to transport ourselves around the American infrastructure.”

More than just two HPVs, the rolling machines are also an exercise in design, showing that these functional vehicles can also look pretty cool. Take a look inside to see the “CYCLONE” and “ZEPPELIN” that are on display…


Found: Crank Tip Promises Less Fatigue & Greater Power w/ Unique Dual Swingarm Pedals


Free power and less fatigue. That’s every roadie and triathlete’s dream, right? As far back as 1898, inventors have been looking toward the design of the pedal as a means of improving performance on the bike. Looking quite a bit more advanced than that first Ramsey Swinging pedal, the Crank Tip Racing Pedal promises reduced fatigue and increased power all with a simple change of your pedals.

Utilizing a dual swingarm design, the pedal is able to float laterally during rotation. It’s this back and forth movement that Crank Tip claims is responsible for a biomechanical advantage capable of reducing a rider’s heart rate by “5-10 beats.” Slide into the details next…


Spotted: One Off Custom Painted Ritchey Bars from Cadence Collection


No strangers to collaboration, the Ritchey X Cadence relationship has produced a few by this point. Through the skilled hands of visual artist and founder of the Cadence Collection, Dustin Klein every day parts are turned into works of art. Through the wonders of Instagram, we get a peek at the newest masterpiece with this one-off hand painted Ritchey Comp Rizer Bar. Hand painted with the Motion design on a gloss white bar, at this point the work isn’t available for sale but there is a matching kit…


The Ixow Syncrobox Can Operate A Full Triple Drivetrain With A Single Shifter


Ixow, the company that brought us the Stempark at the Taipei show, is showing the idea of the Synchrobox. Designed to operate an entire 3×9 Shimano drivetrain with a single shifter, they say it can help folks that have trouble figuring out two different shifters that are on most bikes.

The company says that the proof that people want this is the proliferation of 1×11 drivetrains, saying most riders only want to operate one shifter. The device mounts in the front triangle, and has an integrated front derailleur. Two cables come from the shifter and go to the device, and a third cable goes from the device to the rear derailleur.

Currently just a concept, it is not yet priced or released. What do you think? Is the allure of 1x drivetrains using only one shifter, or is it the simplicity of the drivetrain? Would a single shifter driving a full triple drivetrain be just as appealing and easy to use? Let us know in the comments, and click more to see a picture of the device and shifter…


Volvo & POC Team Up To Stop Car/Cyclist Collisions by 2020


The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts next week in Las Vegas, and to many is just a giant hall of iPhone accessories and TVs that are 3″ bigger than last year. However, using technology in a way to prevent car and bike collisions, Volvo has teamed up with helmet maker POC with an idea.

Volvo and POC will present the safety technology which consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that establishes 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists with the aim of reducing accidents. Established in early 2014, the project is using the cumulative skill and knowledge of the safety-conscious automaker and design-focused protection maker.

“Our partnership with Volvo is both humbling and rewarding and aligns very well with our mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists,” says Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder. “Our mutual view and focus on safety has resulted in a unique safety concept that can improve road safety through increased interaction between motorists and cyclists.”

Check out the video and description of how it works by clicking more… READ MORE ->

Chez Velo hacks Gevenalle w/ SRAM TT shifter on amazing 11-speed 28″ cyclocross concept bike

Chez Velo gevenalle retroshift hack with SRAM TT 11-speed shifter

Gevenalle has been making quite a bit of headway lately, offering everything from mechanical and hydraulic brake levers matched to mechanical shift levers that can be set to either indexed or friction shift with models for short or long cable pull. One thing it can’t do (yet) is mate up to 11 speed cassettes.

But that didn’t stop Chez Velo, who wanted to use the simple, durable shifter lever combo to build up a slick 1×11 cyclocross bike, so they hacked it. By reversing the cable pull direction and mating a carbon SRAM TT shifter blade to it, they were able to make it work. But that’s really just the beginning of this incredibly cool build…


Basho Cycling Club & Jerónimo Cycles Join To Blend Cotton & Titanium


Unique builder Jerónimo Cycles that we have covered in the past has joined up with Portuguese custom bag maker Basho Cycling Club to create a pretty interesting take on the traditional touring bike.

The Slütter Ti model from Jerónimo is finished with a bright natural finish on the titanium tubing, and the bags were finished with a bright accent to contrast the muted tones of the bike. Basho Cycling Club makes all bags to order for the customer, and this bike consists of a Daily Bag to hold to the handlebar, two front Travel Bags and two Extra Backpacks to hang to the the rack as rear panniers.

The Slütter Ti was customized with internal routing of the cables, and is designed to use one or two chainrings, a bit of a departure from the traditional touring bike’s use of triples. Although the bike has a modern push in the gearing, it also has Brooks leather bar tape and saddle, and White Industries hubs and cranks to retain the traditional aesthetic of a touring bike.

Jump past the break to see a few more glamour shots of the bike, and some close up shots of the bags…


3D Printed Titanium Seatmast Topper Coming from Designer Spencer Wright

Spencer Wright 3D printed titanium seatmast topper for bicycles prototype

Designer Spencer Wright has been working on this 3D printed titanium seatmast topper for quite some time. What you’re seeing here is something like the 6th prototype made, and soon his first functional one will go to Germany for destructive testing.

The seatmast topper is meant to be both a commercially viable product and an experiment in future capabilities for using the process to create consumer goods. It’s made using DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) from 6/4 titanium powder and, yep, lasers.

To give you an idea on where the technology is, earlier this year this part was featured in an 3D metal printing industry guidebook, reporting that initial estimates for prototype production were about $1,000 to $2,400. Per piece…