This concept bike is not new, so some of you may have seen it before. A reader, Brian, sent this image to me and I knew I had seen it somewhere before. This bike, designed by Jason Su and called the Wild Buffalo, won 3rd place in the 2004 Taiwan International Bicycle Design competition (for the record, I like this bike better than the 1st and 2nd placed entries that year). I tried to go to the competition’s website to find out more about this bike, but the site was down. Maybe it is just temporary; I don’t know. Does anyone know the fate of the Taiwan bike design competition? Granted it produced some really weird concepts in the past, but it will be a shame if it doesn’t take place in what is to be its 12th year. Fill me in if you know something.
In keeping with my Shimano Coasting theme from the past week, check out this great post on Bike Portland. Shannon Bryant and David Lawrence from Shimano’s marketing group were on hand at the National bike summit in DC to tell the story behind the Coasting concept. Luckily for us, Jonathon Maus was there to cover it. I hate to give away the ending to his post, but I do like this quote:
“I also appreciate how Shimano has started a conversation that challenges advocates to go further and reach beyond their base to convince those 161 million non-cycling Americans to get back in the saddle…and that it will take more than just bike lanes to do it.”
I couldn’t agree more and I urge you to read Jonathon’s entire post here.