Many of you may have already seen this bike tree concept, by Abhinav Dapke, elsewhere on the web. I like the rendering, so I want to pass it along too. I am not sure if the entire concept is feasible or not, but I do like the fingerprint entry/release idea. I use a fingerprint recognition pad everyday to get into my office building, and I think this is a good potential application of that technology. Like I said, I don’t know if it is realistic or not, but this is a pretty cool concept.
I don’t know how many wooden bikes I have mentioned on the blog, but a reader, Roberto, alerted me to another one. Follow this Gizmag link to see a few renderings of the curvy bent wood design, which took second place at the 12th Annual International Bicycle Design Competition. The passenger standing platform is interesting, but I am not sure I would want to sit on the plywood seat for very long.
On the subject of design competitions, The International Forum Design is taking entries for the Eurobike Award 2008 contest. Several categories have been announced and entries are accepted until July 25th. Read more at the iF design website and on this Treehugger post.
Finally, I have noticed a string of cycling related posts on Cool Hunting lately. Recently, they posted their selection of 12 bikes for girls, they mentioned Rapha cycling gear, and they posted about the Brooks Swallow saddle. Yep, bike content is everywhere these days; I think that’s a good thing.