Coleoptera velomobile and assorted links

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Soon after I posted about the latest new speed records set by cyclists in streamlined recumbents, Christophe Sarrazin sent me this rendering of his most recent velomobile design. If you are interested in velomobiles, take a look at his Pixelman blog where you can see many more renderings of his creations.

In response to the picture of Gary Fisher and myself in front of an oversized penny-farthing at Interbike, I received an email from Jeff Tiedeken. Jeff is the guy who built that bike for Torelli, Avid, Cane Creek, and Velocity to use at the show this year. He does other bike projects too…check them out on his blog, Monkey Like Shiny.

The high-wheeler reference reminds me of a post I saw recently at Bakfiets en Meer. “What’s really new in bicycle world?” is the question posed by the post. Take a look at the 1890’s tall bike that was used to light streetlamps in New York City. As I said in a post a few years ago, what’s old is new again. On that note, take a look at some of the other penny-farthings that were shown at Interbike this year.

You may remember the LightLane concept, which started as an entry in the “Commuter Bike for the Masses” design competition. Today, I noticed that the concept was featured in the annual “Yearbook of Design Excellence” issue of Innovation, the quarterly journal of the IDSA. Congrats to the designers, Evan Gant and Alex Tee of Altitude Inc, on the achievement.

Not exactly a bicycle design, but the ‘SEEBIKESAW’ was recently created by Ben Wilson Design for Brooks England, the world’s oldest bicycle component manufacturer. The seesaw, which was featured at 100% design, uses two Brooks B33 sprung saddles and Brooks leather bar tape. Speaking of Brooks saddles, take a look at these Alpe d’Huez contour saddles by Brooklyn-based artist and designer Dan Funderburgh…pretty nice.

Dave pointed me toward the website for Woody Bicycles, yet another company that is making hand crafted wooden frames.

London Cyclist had a good post recently titled, “Here’s 10 cheap and easy DIY bike projects anyone can do”. Good tips… number 2 is one that I have been meaning to get around to.

Finally, I will mention that Cyclelicious recently posted pictures of a prototype electric version of the Bike Friday Tikit folding bike. As I have said before, I am glad to see a variety of e-bike designs hitting the market. That reminds me that I need to get around to writing a post about the electric bikes I tried in Vegas…just can’t seem to find the time.

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4 Comments

  1. Andreas October 8, 2009 at 2:33 am -  Reply

    Thanks for the mention in the links! I always ask people when they get in touch with me where they found me and quite a few happily respond: Bicycle Design! I think you are the first blog cyclists find on the internet!

  2. Andrew October 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Now the question is, why on earth isn't that seebikesaw on two wheels, and hooked up to a piston that drives the rear wheel a la handcarts?

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