Several readers pointed me to this BBC interview with design student Phil Bridge who designed the $30 recyclable cardboard bike seen here. As Phil points out, “If you make a bicycle from cardboard, no-one will want to steal it!” I guess that is one way to solve the issue of bike theft. You can read more about Phil’s cardboard bike at this quickrelease.tv post.
I noticed that one of the readers who emailed me about the cardboard bike story has an interesting blog about folding bikes. Reed’s Folding Cyclist site might interest some of you, so take a look.
While I am throwing out links, I’ll mention a designboom post about designer Eric Therner’s bike concept for Pilen-Cykel. The design is inspired by retro track bikes, but it has some newer features like integrated LED lights. I assume the fork design provides enough offset for the bike to be rideable, but it looks strange in the picture. Looking at the side view, the hub appears to be directly in line with the steering angle. Who knows though, maybe that is just an illusion due to the fork shape.
Finally, I’ll mention a Copenhagenize post from last week. Apparently, a few designers and a product manager from Trek took a research trip to Europe and met up with Zak, who writes the blog. In addition to Copenhagen, they are visiting Münster, Zürich, and Amsterdam. Sounds like a cool inspiration trip; I’ll look forward to seeing the products that are influenced by it.