A couple of photos of a building covered in bicycles have been floating around the net. It’s an unique bike shop in Germany, located in Altlandsberg, a small city 60 km away from Berlin.
In its early days, Barcelona’s Bicing seemed like an unparalleled success. With 400 stations and 3,000 of the squat, burly red-and-white bikes stationed around the city, Bicing quickly became part of Barcelona’s big city atmosphere and was enthusiastically received by inhabitants.
But after five years, something scary started to happen, in addition to the vandalism and abandonment that plagued Bicing and other big programs…ridership started to decline.
Bryan Walsh Avtomat Hydro-Static Bicycle was inspired by the automatic AK-47 rifle according to the designer’s statement.
Sleek in its design, the Avtomat Hydro-Static Bicycle incorporates the dynamics of the rifle into its construction. While looking stylish and smooth, the bike is also powered by hydrostatic drive, ensuring more use can come out of this vehicle than the standard chain bicycle.
Designed by Tsikolia Design R&D Ltd. its latest bike design which named as Spider will utilize techniques from the Tbilisi based aircraft manufacturing company. Coming across as a cross between a mountain bike and a road-racing bike, this concept uses aluminum square tubes in its construction.
The chain guides are stamped together using a cold process and the aluminum tubes are welded together. Doing complete justice to its name, the Georgian designer has angled the spokes to look like the legs of a spider. It’s great to see an aircraft company showing concern for the atmosphere, the environment and providing eco means to us as well.
The computer works just like any other wireless bike-computer, with a fork-mounted sensor that detects a spoke-mounted magnet as it thrum-thrums past and beams the info up to the head-unit on the bars. The difference is in the interface which looks more Gran Turismo* than Tour de France, all analog dials and twisting knobs.
The speed is shown with a needle on a dial and the mileage (or, in this case, kilometer-age) reads out on a retro-style odometer that can be switched from trip-distance to total distance at the slide of a switch. The wheel-size, which needs to be input for this kind of rotation-counting setup, is dialed in via a knob on the magnet-sensor unit.
And now the flaw, although not really a big one. The Bicycle Speedometer has a built-in electronic “bell”, triggered by pulling back on that side lever. The sound would be both a drain on batteries and less loud than a proper metal ding-a-ling model, and the holes to let out the sound would also let in the water.
Ditch the bell and I’m sold. The device is mounted with a leather-covered clip. Classy.