I hope everyone had a great New Year. It certainly felt like January here in Greenville this morning. I guess I am a fair weather bike commuter because I usually just drive to work on cold days. This morning though, I rode despite temps in the 20s. By the time I got to work, my face was numb and my hair was frozen, but it was still a fun ride in. Tonight’s lows are going to be in the teens (pretty cold for South Carolina), so I’ll see if I can keep the commuting streak going.
Anyway, back to design content. Over the holidays I noticed an incoming link from a blog that I had never seen before called Hubstripping. It is worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it. A recent post showed the Urban Concept Bike, pictured here, from German bicycle manufacturer Cube. The bike was designed by Gregor Dauth, a student at the University Coburg/Germany, and features an internally geared 8-speed hub and a fully enclosed drivetrain. You can read about more of the features of this concept bike at the Hubstripping post.
Also over the holidays, I noticed that MocoLoco posted a few new limited edition versions of the Puma/Biomega bikes. From drop bars on one to BMX bars and mags on another, it looks like Puma is trying to capitalize on the “fixed gear freestyler trend”. Yeah I know these aren’t really fixed, but the pink and green ones certainly have that hipster fixie look.
Speaking of hipster fixies, the latest issue of ID magazine mentioned these rust and scratch stickers from designer Dominic Wilcox. In the ID article, the stickers are shown on a Bianchi Pista (no surprise there) and are referred to as an ingenious theft deterrent. I don’t know about the stickers, but the angled down drop bars would be enough to scare me away from the bike pictured in the magazine. While you are at it, check out some of Dominic’s other work. After you see the Orgasmatron 3000 or the on/off switch on his head, you will know not to take the rust stickers too seriously.