Bicymple : Crazy simple bike design

Do you know Fixie bikes, the bikes that remove a gear from the overall design of a bike? Well if you like Fixie bike designs, you definitely will love the Bicymple bike design which does not only remove the gear but also the chain as well 😉 The pedals are directly attached to the rear wheel, which is quite similar to the once known historic unicylce…

Josh Bechtel, the inventor of this cracy piece of bike design says:

More than just a stylish concept bike, the bicymple is comfortable, easy to ride, and brilliantly simple to maintain. The lightweight design and short wheelbase make for a nimble ride. The optional rear-steer mode is reminiscent of custom “swing bikes” and allows tighter turns and “crab-riding”.

Well despite the fact  that this is one of the most amazing bike designs i have seen in years, i would not dare to try this bike on our Austrian mountain roads :), in that case i would prefer the Faraday Porteur electric design bike that was presented some weeks ago at kickstarter.

Swiss-made modular designer ebike

Remember the article on Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively driving through New York on ebikes? What the article did not mention is, that the two are cruising on Swiss-made Stromer ebikes. Stromer developed their initial concept for ebikes in 2007 and offer since modular ebikes for urban mobility. Already in 2009, around 500 Stromer ebikes were driving all over Switzerland. Stromer offers an entire product line of modular ebikes, that ranges from basic urban bikes to powerful off road mountain bikes. Their user friendly web shop offers many different options and variants, so users can choose a completely individual state-of-the-art ebike. Stromer ebikes come with a powerful integrated accumulator, that is hidden within the Stromer designer frame. Customers can choose between a basic urban version with 250W motor that allows to drive 15.5mph (25 km/h) up to a powerful 500W motor with 28 mph (45 km/h). The basic bike is equipped with Shimano Deore gear and brakes that are able to recharge the accumulator.
Stromer offer state-of-the art designer ebikes that are a real alternative to the Faradey-Porteur pledge at Kickstarter and come much at the same price of around 3000€.

Electronic bike gearshift

This bike computer project implements a complete bike control system, So instead of pulling a steel cable with a shifting mechanism, you can change gears electronically. The shifting of gears is controlled by a small bicycle computer, so the bike is always in the right gear.

The new electronic gear shifting system is controlled by a pair of servos with push buttons in the handle bar. This allows to automatically trim the bike chain, in order to completely eliminate chain rub.

The bike control project also adds GPS, accelerometer, an altimeter and a heart rate monitor and pulse ox meter. You can pick up the current version of the design over on GitHub and follow all the updates on the author’s blog.

Pedal Power Your Way to Maker Faire Bay Area

Maker Faire Bay Area attendees traveling from San Francisco on Saturday, May 19th, should consider joining the 4th Annual Maker Faire Social Ride, a leisurely 20-mile bicycle caravan beginning at Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco’s Mission District. Whether you’re an alternative transportation enthusiast or social excursionist, this approximately 3-hour trip will get you to the San Mateo Fairgrounds after the gates have opened but with plenty of time to enjoy a full day of festivities. Additionally, bike riders get free valet parking (locks encouraged) plus a $5 discount on your Maker Faire ticket! For bicyclists who can’t join the Social Ride but still want to pedal from the North Bay, please consider the San Mateo County North-South Bicycle Route. More information and directions for rail, bus, and bike routes found here.

After parking your bicycle at bike valet you can buy Adult Maker Faire tickets for $20 (a $5 discount) and Student/Youth tickets for $10 at bike valet – cash only.

Images courtesy Rock The Bike