Stanley Song, an engineer from Cannondale, was at CES with a prototype electronically controlled bicycle suspension system called “Simon”. This design replaces many of the internal mechanical parts (springs, valves, etc) with an electromechanical device that can vary the suspension based on rider weight and current riding conditions. Check out the videos of the prototype at this Engadget post…it really is pretty cool. Via Cyclelicious.
Yanko Design posted a Police Bike concept by Ciprian Frunzeanu. Also at Yanko design, you can see prototype photos of Fredrik Rudenstam’s Nishiki urban commute concept bike. You may remember that I posted his rendering of that bike a while back.
NYC based designer Yuji Fujimura’s square electric bike design has been getting a lot of attention on the web the last few days. One of the features in his concept is a built-in computer laptop port.
Bike Rumor posted pictures, taken by Conrad Stoltz, of this “one-off carbon fiber tandem based on Specialized’s 2010 SHIV time trial bike”. Wow! I want one…or I should say, “I want it” since there are no others in existence.
MocoLoco posted a custom Trek Carbon District belonging to Lance Armstrong. The yellow belt is a nice touch.
Speaking of Trek, take a look at these “Trek Exhibition Bikes” at Carefully Considered. These appear to just be photoshop renderings and not real custom paint jobs. Either way, I like the top, left one.
Cyclelicious posted these handmade wooden bikes from a Japanese shipbuilder.
According to Inhabitat, the number of cars owned by Americans last year declined by about 4,000,000, with more people relying on car sharing, public transportation, and of course…cycling.
Finally, I will mention that Bicycle Design was mentioned, along with 5 other cycling blogs, in the Guardian UK’s weekly internet review. Take a look, and check out the other bike blogs if you aren’t already familiar with them.