If you have seen the carbon/titanium Exogrid frames from Holland Cycles, you already know that they are works of art. Filmaker and photographer Jeff Katz recently documented the Holland Cycles framebuilding process starting with selection of the tubes and ending with a ride on the complete bike. The laser cutting of the titanium outer tube and inlay of the carbon pieces was of particular interest to me, but the whole video is interesting…and very well done.
Keeping up the video theme, Kenton Hoppas has made a new movie called Career Courier, about what goes into making a career as a bicycle messenger. There is no doubt that messenger culture has influenced design in the bicycle industry over the past 20+ years, so I am looking forward to watching the film and sharing my thoughts.
Images from the book ‘Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design’ are featured in a slideshow at Vanity Fair.
If you will be in New York for Fashion Week early next month, check out the ‘Tour de Fashion’ bike share program. The Fashion Center will provide 30 free bicycles for show attendees to use during Fashion Week, and each bike, from Bowery Lane Bicycles, will be “embellished by a New York-based designer like Rebecca Taylor, Isaac Mizrahi, or Diane von Furstenberg.” Should be pretty interesting… I’m looking forward to seeing the bikes soon.
The Bootlegger keg trike was featured at Urban Velo a couple weeks ago. According to the post, the custom trike by Zach Yendra of Yendra Built Cycles is “currently in use in Fort Collins for local keg deliveries from Equinox Brewing.” Pretty cool…it combines two of my favorites things.
Sharpshooter is the name of a conceptual emergency rescue bike by Jurmol Yao. The folding bike, designed for use by the Coast Guard, “can be bent and transformed into a lightweight throwing device and the motor can be used as a winch for collecting rope quickly” in the event of a water rescue. I am not so sure that I would want a bike thrown at me if I were drowning, but maybe I am just missing something with this design. Seems like a CO2 powered inflatable device stowed in the frame might be a better solution?
Like the Project Aura lighting system, Revolights uses LEDs to create a ring of light on the wheels of a bike. Unlike Project Aura though, this idea is an aftermarket kit that will work on a regular spoked wheel. They are raising money on Kickstarter for it now, so check there for more info (via SwissMiss).
Finally, I will mention this bicycle self-repair vending machine from Bike Fixation. According to a Core77 post, “the machines are stocked with commonly-needed parts; next to it is a free air compressor, and several feet away, a work stand is mounted to the ground, with eight tools permanently attached to it via aircraft cable.” As I said when I posted about the Trek Stop a few years ago, the cycling convenience center idea is a good idea and I hope to see it really catch on.