A carbon commuter concept and assorted links

Commuter, Road Bike, Student Design 7 35

I found Fredrik Rudenstam’s Nishiki urban commute concept bike while browsing though Coroflot portfolios this week. Rudenstam designed the carbon fiber commuter as part of his Master thesis project at the Jönköpings University in Sweden. The rendering doesn’t show any provision for cargo, but it is a good looking bike and the integrated LEDs are a nice touch. Fenders don’t seem to be an option either, which would be a dealbreaker for many commuters. I personally commute on a lightweight road bike with no fenders, so a bike like this would work for me if it had a small integrated rear rack for a light trunk pack.

ROBRADY design was recently awarded a Gold Spark award for the design of their db0 electric folding bike. You can read more about the bike and the award here and here.

Treehugger posted about the PUYL Tire Pump, which features an integrated LED light. The battery for the light recharges as the pump is used. Great design…but unfortunately only a prototype at this time.

Ecouterre posted about LFLECT, a line of reflective knit accessories that look like regular clothing by day but illuminate at night.

Cyclelicious points us to Cargo Bike Gallery, a great place to see various cargo bike deigns.

Finally I will mention LimitedHype’s visit to Trek’s headquarters. I linked to some of their pictures in an earlier post, but I don’t think I ever mentioned their post, which includes additional shots of the design department. It really is a great creative space.

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7 Comments

  1. GeekGuyAndy November 6, 2009 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    A commuter bike… with no fenders… and no rack… has this guy ever commuted before?

    I guess if you live a mile away and only ride in sunshine it's ok, but I certainly wouldn't label it a commuter bike if it can't handle the needs of most commuters. That's like saying my Chevy Cobalt is a sports car, well, except for the fact that it's not a convertible, doesn't have a 6-cyl engine, isn't sleek… etc.

  2. Milessio November 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    There seems to be a trend at University that you can pick the latest 'cool' bike features (belt drive, HM carbon fibre, OLEDs etc). Then for research you ask a few of your friends & family members (as strangers are scary). After that, use a 3D modelling/graphics programme & bingo you've designed a bike that is going to revolutionise worldwide transport.

    No doubt they are well presented, but are they of more value than hand-drawn sketches kids do at school that are only seen by a handful of people?

  3. Andrew November 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Yeah, it's nice enough as a visual exploration concept for bikes, but it's 9/10ths of a tri bike, and just about the only thing is has in common with a commuter is that it has 2 wheels…

  4. Anonymous November 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    :) How many times do websites have to pinpoint how Trek's offices look like? I lost count (anyone else?)

    Okay we know it has some expensive interior work, photos of Lance and probably custom made chair for the graphic designers to sit in. I mean, c'mon…

  5. chris November 25, 2009 at 3:52 am -  Reply

    great post. thank for share. I really need something like this.

    and dont forget to pay a visit here

  6. D Aliga February 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    I like how the bike looks like it was made by Pixar. It is very sleek! I like the black and white color concept going on.

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