I have a pretty busy week scheduled with a couple of all day meetings, so posting may be light for a while. Today though, I want to quickly pass along a picture and a few links that were sent to me recently by readers.
First, I want to mention the bike pictured here, which was sent to me by Angelo who designed it in 2005. Like the G-Star Raw Cannondale that I posted about not long ago, this bike was designed for another Dutch fashion brand, GSUS. Angelo explained that their idea with the design “was to create a basic bike which you can fine tune with accessories (light, lock, carrier, child seats, wind screens, bags, etc.).” I am just assuming that the integrated mittens you see here were one such accessory. Unlike the G-Star bike, it sounds like this project never made it past the initial stage, but it does appear that GSUS did release another bike design.
Updated 8/4/08: There has been some confusion about the bike pictured above in this post. It is a 5-year-old design that is no longer available. Please note that the new GSUS bike (pictured left) was designed in cooperation between GSUS and Urban Bike Concepts by Roel van Heur (Design Academy in Eindhoven). Read more about it here at Beixo.
Frank sent me a link to his site, which includes a few renderings of his laid back, comfort-oriented bike designs. When he originally sent the link, the renderings could be viewed clearly, but it appears that they have been faded out a bit at this point. It must have something to do with the fact that patents are pending on several of these designs. The renderings may be harder to see now, but you can still check out his site to see the chrome lady on a bike that he rendered.
Updated 3:30pm: Oops. Apparently, I just missed the navigation arrows on Frank’s website. If you click them, you can see multiple renderings of each design including close-up views of some of the details.
David pointed out a couple of tall bikes that were featured on Gizmodo last week. I had seen the one on the left in the Atomic Zombie book and elsewhere, but the one on the right is new to me. As much as I like bikes, I am not sure how much I would really like to ride either of these.
Finally, Carlton sent me a message agreeing with several commenters that the bike rack design I mentioned in a recent post was not a good one. He pointed out that it “looks lethal to passers by” and that it goes against the advice on locking a bike that can seen here.