It has been an extremely busy week and I still am still pressed for time. I do, however have a good collection of links to share, so I will pass as many as I can along in this quick post to close out the week.
Tout Terrain has some really nice touring and commuter bikes in their line (like the Boulevard model pictured here). I especially like the way the steel rear racks are welded on as an integrated part of the frame. I spent some time looking at their website earlier this week after spotting an ad for the bikes in VeloVision.
I received the latest issue of ID Magazine this week- the 2008 New and Notable issue. Four bikes were recognized in the “Move” category; the Taga hybrid trike/stroller, the Plus Bike by Fabio Bortolani and Ermanno Righi, the Freeman Transport fixie with S and S couplings, and the Schwinn Tailwind electric. I wasn’t so sure about the form of the Plus Bike; it just doesn’t appeal to me. Still, I am always glad to see different bikes and cycling products in design magazines. More style variety in the market means that the product category has potential to appeal to a greater audience, right?
Treehugger posted a couple of bike related designs recently, a cable lock with an exploding dye pack inside and a seatpost mounted generator that harnesses its power from bumps in the road. While I am mentioning Treehugger posts, I should add that they also had a good post not too long ago about small wheeled folding bikes. Finally, I will mention that Treehugger recently posted about a bike design competition that you are probably already familiar with (yeah that last link is blatant self promotion, but I couldn’t help it).
Core 77 posted about a device for a bike that can trigger traffic light sensors. It is big and crude at this point, but seems like an interesting idea.
MocoLoco, the self-proclaimed modern & contemporary design blog, posted a couple of bike designs this week
Gizmodo thinks that Japanese scientists missed the point with this one.
Road Bike Action posted a tech feature about Lance Armstrong transforming his time trial position in the wind tunnel. It is a short feature on the web, but I enjoyed checking out the photos. You can see video of the same thing here. It must be nice to have Steve Hed around as an aerodynamics consultant.
Lastly, I will leave you with a link that is pretty much the opposite of that last one. The picnic table bike appears to be designed for comfort over speed. The integrated cooler and grill are a nice touch. No wonder those two guys seem to be having so much fun riding it around town. Thanks to Rrrick for the tip on that one.