The urbanmover electric bike.
it’s no secret: i get excited about bikes.
From techie to old fashioned, my head turns at almost everything on two wheels that rolls by. But I’m really excited about this bike, the UrbanMover Electric Bike. For those who use their bikes for more than just errands or trips to the beach, there’s nothing like a little electrical boost to speed you along your commute to work, sweat free, because really, is there anything grosser than starting off the day with a body dripping wet and bound to reek?
What’s great about the UrbanMover is that it gives you the option to use to pedal power or switch to electric when you need an extra push on a hill or against heavy winds. The battery fully charges in just five hours and the bike folds up. If I’m using a lot of italics here it’s just so the awesomeness of this bike isn’t lost on anyone. Folding bikes have been looked down in the past, but that’s because they used to be lame excuses for bikes whose primary function was their ability to become small. In the city, having an obviously expensive bike that you don’t have to leave locked up outside and can take with you indoors, on an elevator, into any office building, is priceless. The UrbanMover, however, does have a price, but it’s lower now, $1,099 (normally $1,699), plus a $400 battery pack. Available at Real Goods.
Seoul cycle design competition 2010.
The Seoul Design Foundation together with designboom presents the winners of an international design competition. The Seoul Cycle Design Competition’s theme, ‘cycling with design: Seoul style,’ and is part of Seoul’s city-wide effort at improving its design brand and image. Once considered a ‘hard’ city, Seoul is making strides toward becoming a ‘soft’ city, embracing design concepts that will redefine its urban environment with an emphasis on themes centering on green, blue, history, and human. The winners were announced September 19.
and the winner is…
Bike 2.0 by Nils Sveje, Inoda Sveje design studio & IPU Produktudvikling
designer’s own words: bike 2.0 the next generation bicycle, will give you more fun with energy boosts when you are cruising around. it makes your daily ride more comfortable with energy leveling and the stepless gearbox. you can even add the seat-tube battery and get there faster. bike 2.0 has a generator and wires instead of a chain, so you will never get oily pants or fingers from the chain again. the two wireless control-units will control any aspect of your ride. you can easily control all this with the two wireless rings on the handlebar.
short listed concepts included…
Beik by Lukas Jungmann
left: featuring audi branding, folding mechanism, articulated frame steering and the untypical frame setup.
Full Circle by Sanghyun jeong & Jun-Tae Park
left: foldable compact size, large wheel size (508mm, 20inch), no chains but free wheel gear directly connects to pedals.
Tribune by Thüring Lukas, Lukas Thüring & Florian V
left: electric operated tricycle-recumbent bike, external battery, lockable boot to store items above rear wheel, adjustable headrest / pedals, flexible backrest, front / rear lights.
Molecule by Yongjin Lee
left: body is modeled on the river Han of Seoul.
left: a riding bicycle with a wagon can convert into a pushcart when heavy, intended for the elderly.
X Bike by Woogyeong Go, Dong-ha Kim & Kyeongpyo Cho
left: looks like the letter “X”, no chain technology.
T-bike by Jung Geun Tak & Shinhyun Kang of T.A.K studio
left: iconic design, folding handlebars doubles as lock, embedded GPS, E-INK and EPD technology monitor, adjustable seat with seat height index indicator and can be adjusted while seated.
Carrier Bike by Shin Hyung Sub Shin
left: a convenient carrier, shelf located in the middle of the bicycle, designed to help carry the users luggage.
Helo by Junkyo Lee
left: unique body, integrated lock design to prevent theft.
Unico by miguel angel iranzo sanchez
left: constructed in one piece without welds, every part is recyclable, pigments (even fluorescent ones) can be mass-injected, rigid frame / flexible fork.
left: folding cycle, super-formed aluminum frame, hubless pedal system, hollow main axis, neatly folded look.
seoul design fair