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Three student design projects

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Bicycle concept sketches by Richard HeathRichard Heath is an industrial design intern in Sydney, Australia.  He is attempting to design an alternative to e-bikes currently on the market and has started a blog to document his development process. He is in the early conceptual sketching stage right now, but it should be fun to follow his blog to see how the design progresses. He is asking for feedback along the way, so check out the blog and let him know what you think.

STADTSTREBER bicycle concept by designer Robert HeimRobert Heim is an industrial designer from Germany who recently designed a commuter bike for his Master of Arts thesis project. He named the bike “Stadtstreber” (which roughly translate to “urban geek”), and his focus for the project was safety and usability. His design features integrated lights and an integrated lock, both of which he briefly explains in his description below:

“STADTSTREBER is a commuter bike concept. It is roadworthy equipped, maintenance-free, and has a simple and sporty appearance. Two headlights are integrated in the shift brake units. At the touch of a button the headlights changes into turn signals. The taillight with reflector and turn signals is integrated in the mudguard. All cables run protected inside the frame and the fork. A gearbox is placed at the bottom bracket. The chain runs protected against mud and water inside the chainstays. The tires have about half the volume of a regular one. They are filled with a sort of foam rubber instead of air, to make flat tires impossible. The two hub dynamos have integrated LEDs to illuminate the rims, which have a reflective coating for a better visibility in the dark. The mudguard on the rear is part of the frame and serves as a carrier. A special cable lock below the top tube protects the bike against thieves. Only one end needs to be opened to close the circle on the bike’s seat stays, a bicycle stand or on the lock itself.”

Rollin origami bicycle concept by designer Moritz MenacherFinally, I want to mention Rollin’, a 2009 graduation project by German designer Moritz Menacher. The concept is origami inspired with a frame constructed from folded aluminum sheet metal. Be sure to see the sketches and paper models of the frame on the projects section of Menacher’s website. There is a video there that you will want to check out as well.

See more at Yanko Design.
Rollin origami bicycle concept board

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  1. Adam S April 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    so good to see three student design projects and not a single one has a hubless wheel! there’s hope!

  2. TimJ April 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    These are really excellent designs. I think it is from design students that some of the best ideas will come. Some years ago I saw a prototype from a student at TU Delft, a small wheeled single speed bike that use its own (removable) handlebars as a lock. he bike showed up in Giant’s line a year or so later.

  3. art April 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Someone’s in for a very painful and expensive lesson in grain anisotropy.

    • TimJ April 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

      Art, you’ve titillated us all with your “grain anisotropy” reference. Don’t leave us guessing , please your concerns that one or more of these designs “goes against the grain” (so to speak).

  4. juan September 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Nice origami concept but I wonder how would sheet metal be bent like that. Cardboard is not metal, and ups! we have gravity in this planet. Anyway nice for a portfolio!

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