Fred of Fred and Friends (it is not bike related, but check out his company’s site if you haven’t seen it) forwarded me a copy of last week’s Design-Italia newsletter. That last issue of the weekly design newsletter was full of bike content, so I want to pass the links along to all of you.
Smog is the unlikely name of an urban bike designed by Alessandro Gnocchi for the Italian furniture company Casamania. I am not sure that I understand everything in the short Design-Italia description (like how the 3 speed Nexus hub eliminates the need for a chain guard). Maybe someone can explain that to me.
The newsletter also pointed out a wooden bike from Spain (pictured here). 4 students at the Wood Consortium School of Encinas Reales (CEMER) created this prototype wooden bike, which is to be made of recycled and recyclable materials.
While I am mentioning bike content from design sources, I’ll point out that Cool Hunting mentioned another fixed gear project yesterday. Personally, I don’t understand the idea of sloping the top tube down to install a riser bar, but I guess it about fashion over function. Maybe someone can explain that to me as well. Speaking of Cool Hunting, they recently posted about the Lagombra Bicycle Rollercoaster that is currently set up in the Netherlands. I don’t know how safe it is, but it looks like a lot of fun. I wonder if my wife would object if I built something like that in the back yard.