I am once again in a bit of a hurry, but I just want to quickly share a few links that I have run across lately. First, pictured here, are frame details from a Norco trials bike. Design Sponge recently posted these colorful graphic details, which were designed by Devin Leggett.
The Core 77 blog posted a lock idea that uses a hinged seatpost to lock the rear wheel with the seat. I agree with most of the commenters to that post that the idea is interesting, but impractical. If you only want to lock the rear wheel, a simple integrated wheel lock near the rear brake seems like a better solution. It still won’t stop someone from picking up the bike and walking off with it, but it will keep a potential thief from riding away with the bike. I have seen these types of locks in Holland, where they seem to be fairly common.
Speaking of the Netherlands, a BraIN article points out that a Batavus commuter bike with a NuVinci continuously variable planetary drivetrain was named the 2007 bike of the year at the FietsVak show. The Nuvinci CVP drivetrain system is very interesting to me. I have been meaning to post about it, but just haven’t had the chance. If you have not seen it, read about the system on the Fallbrook website.
Graham pointed me to a post on Metacool about authenticity in design. The post uses a Berkeley bike shop as an example to make his point that a strong point of view is necessary to create something authentic.
This last link is a little off topic, but I want to share it anyway. A recent article in the Greenville newspaper let us in on one of local resident George Hincapie’s plans for the near future. He is going to develop a planned cycling community in the mountains of upstate South Carolina. Greenville is already a great town for cycling and the addition of the US Pro race last fall made it even better. I will be anxious to see what Hincapie’s new development does for this area in the next few years.