“Reinventing the (Hubless) Wheel: ‘Transport’ Is a Trunk for Your Bike, by David Hotard, Matthew Campbell & Edwin Collier”
“Transport" is a commuter bike design project sponsored by SRAM. Although panniers and saddle bags are on the market to make commuting easier, we found that many cyclists prefer to ride with a traditional backpack. This doesn’t mean that a backpack is comfortable; it’s just more practical than the panniers that clip to a rack. We discovered that many commuters didn’t want a bag that felt like a dedicated commuting bag but rather a bag that would work in any scenario. We started to look at what we do with bags when we’re traveling by car, plane, train, and other means and realized that there is almost always a compartment for them. We realized that what commuters wanted was that compartment… on their bike. Research on futuristic bike concepts inspired us to use the negative space of the much-debated hubless wheel for our trunk. The result shows that a trunk in the wheel could easily accommodate various backpacks and might well be very feasible solution.
This Monkey Light is bananas!
“Project Aura: Ethan Frier & Jonathan Ota Reflect on Their Two-Year Journey, Part 3”
Jonathan Ota and Ethan Frier are the brain and brawn behind Project Aura, a lighting system for the wheels of your bicycle. What once started as a design school experiment is now a product. They are finishing development of the prototype and are currently looking for another company to partner with to produce and distribute Project Aura.
“My Nishiki CitiSport”
When it comes to personal assets, there only two things of real value in my life that I’ve had for over a decade. One, is my car which I bought new in 2001 and currently has over 220k miles on it.
The second is my Nishiki CitiSport which I’ve owned since 1993ish.
But, thanks to an “accident” that my nephew had with his bike, I used it as a donor bike for parts to modify my Nishiki. Given the extent of damage to his bike, he surprisingly (and curiously) was practically unhurt. He walked in without any tears in his clothes, nothing was scraped or bloodied, all he had was some grass in his hair. Not much of his bike was salvageable. According to him, “he fell down” or something ambiguous. Only time will tell what really happened that day.
designed as the world’s first intelligent commuter bike, the 'VANMOOF 10' electrified takes feedback from advances in the car industry and combines features such as GPS tracking and smart power control. built with an anodized aluminum frame the VANMOOF 10 integrates a lightweight 209Wh battery into a sleek, minimal package, giving the bike range capabilities of 30km to 60km - depending on surface, weather conditions, rider weight and selected level of motor assistance - taking only three hours to fully charge.
if you see this, you might be screwed.
German Engineering at its best. Blackbraid is a high-tech carbon fiber bike, that weights less than 5 kg (11 lbs). PG bikes developed this stunning bike with Munich Composites, who created a special weaving system for the carbon fiber.