Design of the Alize and other assorted links

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When I first heard about NeilPryde bikes a couple years ago, the renderings of the sculpted carbon Alize frame immediately caught my attention. Perhaps the design of the Alize is old news at this point, but I just discovered Sonny Lim’s portfolio page on the Behance network, which gives us a glimpse into the design of the aero frameset from NeilPryde. While you are on the Behance site, take a minute to check out a few of the other bike projects that are featured there.

Cinelli: Art and Design of the Bicycle bookI was a huge Cinelli fan in the 80’s (back when I dreamed of owning a Laser), so I am pretty excited about a new book titled, Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle. It comes out this fall, and you can bet that I will be adding it to my collection.

Awwwards is a site “which recognizes and promotes the best web designers in the world.” Recently, they posted a nice collection of well-designed bike industry websites. Via Loving The Bike.

Star-Turn, an art exhibition by British lighting designer Bruce Munro is completely pedal powered. Read more about it at the Pegasus lighting blog and at Discovery.com.

Finally, I want to mention a new design competition from B’Twin and Local Motors to create “a lightweight, customizable, urban friendly tricycle that can accommodate two driving positions, provides electric-assist and protection from weather and collision, can be connected to a smartphone, and can fold up to ease parking.” You can read the design brief here and out more at Yannig Roth’s post on the subject.

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  1. Androo May 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    That NeilPryde article was neat, even if it was largely written like a marketing exercise. The sketches are very slick, though – almost looks as if they were traced from CAD. I envy that level of line control. It does bother me that bicycle companies continue to test bike frames in wind tunnels without riders as if that data has any merit at all when it comes to performance. But it really is a gorgeous bike, and given that it’s pretty hard to find much any quantitative performance difference between high-end bikes, that’s as good a reason as any to buy…

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