09 July 2010

Bend ahead: Another quirky student bike design


This curious invention was featured in the Daily Mail yesterday. A student designer has devised a sort of bike-with-brewer's-droop that folds around lampposts and self-locks to them.

Hmm. Looks a bit cumbersome to us, and doesn't protect the wheels. In bike parking solutions, simple is usually best. We think Anthony Lau's Cyclehoop, and a couple of decent locks, are more practical.

Still, it's good to encourage novel approaches to bike security, because theft is a big problem. We also learned yesterday from BikeHugger that, when the original Star Trek series was being filmed, Leonard Nimoy - with Spock-like logic - used a bike to beat the lunch queues. William Shatner - with Kirk-like excitability - got so fed up being beaten to the burger and fries that he stole the bike.

5 comments:

  1. With Kirk that would've been Vegan burger and fries.

    Why are you linking to the Daily Mail? Surely some nicer papers are covering this bike as well?

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  2. I saw that at the New Designers exhibition today, over at the Business Design Centre. I did point out that the mock signpost at the stand was rather short and you could easily lift the bike over, though - you would have to use an actual lamp-post that is tall enough. I also saw that awful set of traffic lights on Clerkenwell Road hasn't been sorted yet...

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  3. [As in these ones:] http://realcycling.blogspot.com/2010/03/beyond-our-ken-on-clerkenwell-rd.html

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  4. It saves the drunks the effort of bending your bicycle for you - although if the wheels bent too, that would be better.

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  5. http://bikeracksforgarage.blogspot.com/2010/10/topeak-babyseat-child-bike-seat-rack.html?showComment=1300866632937#c5918742355801483241

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