It is another hectic week for me, so I don’t have time to collect my thoughts and write the post that I would like to write. Instead, I will quickly pass along a collection of links that have come to my attention recently.
Richard, aka Yokota Fritz from Cyclelicious, sent me a link to a Pro Engineer promotional video that uses the mechanical design of a Santa Cruz bicycle to demonstrate the software. The full video is 25 minutes long, but I thought it was pretty interesting.
Kinya sent me a link to this page. He explained that, “in Japan, until recently it was against the law for a bicycle to have more than 2 persons (usually a parent and a child) on it, but that has changed and now it is legal for a parent to have 2 children on a bike.” The bikes in the link all address that ion some way, but Kinya feels like they are “lacking in aesthetic qualities” and could be improved from a design standpoint. He thinks the Danish Nihola is a good design, but that it wouldn’t be very practical in urban Japan where storage space is a big issue. Does anyone have any ideas for a compact (maybe folding) bike that can hold an adult and two kids?
Mike forwarded a link to the site for this lever driven bike, which immediately reminded me of the old Alenax bikes. It is also reminiscent of the Lunar Lander design, which I have previously written about on the blog. I have expressed my opinion about lever driven transmissions in the past, so I won’t rehash that here. I did, however, think that it was interesting to see “Bicycling Science” author David Gordon Wilson riding this one on the webpage.
Brinkman sent a link recently to an interesting lean steer trike built by Sean Kerrel.
Some of you may have seen the news a couple of weeks ago that Cannondale will no longer be manufacturing any more frames in the US. The plan is to make the Bethel, Connecticut factory into an “Innovation Center” which you can read about in the press release from Dorel.
Finally, I will close with a creativextreme post, which features questions, comments, and a few bike design ideas from a group of 3rd graders. Good stuff from a blog that I think is always worth checking out.