"QUANTUM SHOT" #607 Link - article by Avi Abrams (with some material by Antoine Van Hove)
Imagine pedalling into the sunset atop one of these cool machines
Nothing like opening a new year with some fresh designs - it clears the minds, refreshes our vision, and simply makes for a great eye-candy. Today we will see some outrageous modern concepts, old bizarre ideas and some funny examples of bicycle design. There are well-known companies producing unique, high-tech and high-price bikes, such as Spyker, or Biomega - but we are going to focus on somewhat stranger and rather unexpected ideas.
Marino Drake's EV1 concept – a hi-tech electric bike with a removable engine - is a great compromise between a normal bike and motorcycle, where you have a choice if you want to pedal all the way to the office, coast there under electric power.
Lucy in the Sky... on a bicycle -
Bizarre Bicycle Parking "Forest" and Overhead Bicycle Lanes
Kolelinia Bicycle Lane Concept is the wildest idea in the area of urban design that we’ve seen recently. Martin Angelov wants to give bicyclists "wings", so to speak, and elevate bike lanes (really just steel wires) above ground:
Personal safety of the riders would be the top priority, of course, and to address that Martin designed a pretty sturdy system that attaches the bike to the guiding wire. Still - who's going to guarantee that the rider will stay attached to the bike? Moral of the story: don't ride on such elevated lanes after a few drinks at the party.
Amazingly, history can show us even stranger "suspended bicycle" concepts - witness The Suspended Monorail Bicycle: 1892 (Arthur E. Hotchkiss Bicycle Railway from Mount Holly to Smithville in New Jersey):
Speaking of ecologically-sound bikes, here is one manufactured out of bamboo - apparently the properties of bamboo frame are comparable to frame made from carbon and even titanium! BikeBamboo company makes them:
"In wood the strongest fibres are packed in the centre of the trunk, however in bamboo the strongest fibres are distributed most densely in the outer surface region. As a consequence the most stable fibre structures in bamboo are most dense in regions of greatest longitudinal stress. Wood bends relatively easily, but bamboo does not."
The idea is not new: bamboo cycles were sold in London, back in 1897:
We love these German and Dutch Pub Bikes, designed to share great fun and great beer with your buddies. PedalPub company in Minnesota will rent you one, so that your company can go with you, merrily, merrily down the road.... and maybe on into a ditch.
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