IBDC entries and a few other links

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I am in China this week and next. My schedule is pretty tight, so I won’t have a lot of free time for the blog while I am traveling. Right now though, it is the middle of the night and I am still not adjusted to this time zone, so I will pass a long a few links of interest.

The shortlist of IBDC (International Bicycle Design Competition) entries has been announced. The winners will be announced at the Taipei International Cycle Show, which takes place March 17th -20th. The design pictured here is AutoVelo, by Eric Stoddard of Speed Studio Design. You may remember Eric from his excellent coverage of the Taipei Cycle Show for Bicycle Design in 2009. Hopefully he will get a chance to share some of his thoughts from the show with you again this year.

Jeongche Yoon sent me some information about her ‘BiCX’ Self-recharging folding bicycle design. The e-bike’s “rechargeable lithium-ion-polymer battery never can be recharged by ordinary electric outlets in home, but only recharged by human power such as pedaling and free-riding.” Read more about the design at Jeongche’s website or at Yanko Design.

Monocle recently posted this “bicycle design” video clip which has been getting a lot of attention on design sites lately. It contains a couple of interesting short interviews, so take a look if you haven’t already seen it.

Designboom points us to the urbike design by Eduard Sentís in a recent post.

Velogogo recently posted these wooden seat posts photos by Yohei Morita. Check out some of the other wooden bikes and parts made by Mr Sueshiro Sano, in Yohei’s photostream.

Switching gears to race bikes, I want to mention the 3 part “bikes of the Tour Down Under” series at Road Bike Action. Check out part 1, part2, and part 3 for great shots of the bikes that some of the maojr pro teams are riding this season. I really like those Sky Pinarellos, but I wouldn’t be too picky if someone offered me any one of these machines.

I could ramble on with a few more links, but it just passed 2:30 am here in Dongguan. I have meetings early this morning, so it is time to log off and get a little sleep…or at least try to sleep. The 12 to 13 hour time difference here is always a tough one for me to adjust to.

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2 Comments

  1. kward101 January 28, 2010 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Jetson's bike with a sail… very cool. ;^)

  2. Andrew January 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Wow, I'd like to think I'm more tolerant than most of goofy student designs, but so many of those IBDC leave me completely scratching my head. Have these people ever ridden a bike? Designed a real product?

    The breaking point for my rage was the INFINITY beach cruiser…good lord what a useless concept.

    From my cursory reading, the RESC U folding ambulance bike should definitely win.

    I've always liked the idea of beam-frames, so there's something interesting about the leaf-sprung Tango to me, but I think the details of the execution let it down.

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