Bicicleta citadina

On 2010-08-26, in Blog, by Tigas

Com esta já me apanhavam todos os dias em Lisboa … pode ser que pegue ;)

Denmark! The birthplace of the LDN bike, designed by KiBiSi, which has a unique one-piece shape that’s as stylish as it is weird.

Its frame is made from carbon fiber sheets formed and layered to make a stiff and lightweight one-piece monocoque structure. LDN’s form is derived from a wishbone, linking all the necessary components of the drive steering and drives systems in the most direct and economical way possible. The hole is there to lighten the bike’s mass and to provide a detail from which to hang the bicycle on the wall, thereby saving space in restricted urban interiors.

So despite most of the frame being 1 flat piece, the bike is still hangable. They’re built to order, and if you’re interested, hit up their website. [Biomega]

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Novas bicicletas dobráveis!

On 2010-08-23, in Blog, by Tigas

Parece que estamos mais perto de não ter de ter barras no carro mas a estes preços … nem o iPhone 4 ;)

CrunchGear is right to say today’s crop of “foldable bicycles” are “ugly little things with small tires.” No chance I’d give up my road bike for their impractical nature. However, if they all looked like Kinfolk bikes, I might reconsider.

The first model, pictured above, is the one that most caught my eye. In this marketing shot, for all intents and purposes it looks like a traditional fixie bike, minus the ironic mustachioed rider and the burden of trying to carry it in a car to a vacation spot or other distant destination. It allegedly fits into the mall case on the upper right.

Sadly, these two models are only art concepts, although they are available for purchase. Though, as with any “art concept” that’s “available for purchase,” they are expensive. To procure the above “International” model you’ll need $3,815.66, mainly due to its rare nature and the fact that it and the smaller City bike were assembled by hand in Osaka by a 71-year-old “master frame builder.” So there.

The City bike, if you’re wondering, is only $1,954.55. Oh, and both are in Japan from the Wallpaper bicycle company. [CNET via CrunchGear]

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Uma ideia gira para todos nós que gostamos de BTT mas nem sempre temos uma Câmara Municipal que nos ajuda com as soluções de parqueamento…

Parking your two-wheeler in a shady neighborhood, but left your secondary lock at home? No problem — to protect your wheels, just bend your bike around a nearby post and thread your U-lock through the whole kit at once. That’s the idea behind UK designer Kevin Scott’s folding bicycle, which is rigid enough to freely ride, but releases its flexible ratcheting mechanism when you push a lever on the side. The design won the 21-year-old student £500 at the New Designers exhibition in London this week. He’s presently looking for partners to help commercialize the concept, which looks more practical than some, so we expect it’ll be only a few years before you’ll see his creation zipping down the street. One question, though — why not go the whole nine yards and give it a built-in lock, too?

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