Many of you will recognize the name Eric Stoddard. He is the guy who recently wrote three excellent guest posts here at Bicycle Design about his impressions of the Taipei Bicycle Show. Eric has an interesting new design that he just added to his website. It is a small-wheeled, lever-driven folding bike called the Zoomla. He points out the Zoomla folds in 2 seconds and fits in a school locker. I particularly like the optional integrated backpack, which attaches to the frame below the seat. You can read more about the design and see additional renderings on Eric’s website. While you are there, check out some of the other bike and trike concepts on his site, Speed Studio Design. The Trik.E concept is my personal favorite.
In other bike design related news:
Kinya sent me a link to a YouTube video of a Mitsubishi electric tricycle. This design has a roof similar to the one on Torkel Dohmer’s “This Way” concept. The roof on this Mitsubishi trike has integrated solar panels though. Pretty interesting! I wish that I could understand the commentary (in Japanese) on the video.
Byron, from Bike Hugger, let me know about a design exhibition that many of you may be interested in. The exhibition called “aLIVe: a Low Impact Vehicle exhibition” will take place in Seattle in August. Registration is open now and they are looking for “Functional mechanical prototypes, design drawings, or digital renderings of low impact vehicles.” They want to see new ideas, so “products already widely marketed are not eligible” and “you are not required to have every detail resolved.” Download the pdf here to learn more.