Lock wrote:Hehe... With RC/friction drive ya could reward good behaviour. "Hey son wanna go to the park and snap on the power-assist?"
This bamboo Ajiro concept bicycle rethinks both our means of transportation and the ways we manufacture our vehicles. Designed by Monash University student Alexander Vittouris, the Ajiro utilizes a production process that removes emissions instead of releasing them into the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s because the bamboo structure of this vehicle is grown straight out of the ground into a preformed mold. Vittouris envisions fields of bamboo gardens growing these human powered bicycles, which need only small modifications once mature to hit the streets.
An Electronic Bamboo Bike Made of Sustainable Materials
30 Sep 2011
French design firm Fritsch Associes made an electronic bike solely out of sustainable natural materials: bamboo, cork, steel, aluminium and rubber.
The 'T20' is an in-between of a bike and scooter that measures 180x60x120 cm, with a seat/backrest made of hybrid cork.
It is powered by a small electric motor, which is hidden beneath the footrest, and cruises at 21.7mph (35km/h) for up to 24.8 miles (40 kilometers).
Similar to a scooter, users have to manually push the T20 forward until it gets going, before it can start accelerating.
The bike is a prototype that was created as part of an ongoing research project to investigate on “themes of changing our behavior and sustainable development”.
Looking forward to seeing watt his new "Pornobike" looks like.
...these wooden wheels are still manufactured in the Ghisallo Pass in Northern Italy.
The bikes are made by KawayanTech (Kawayan is a Filipino term for bamboo), a company whose objectives are to develop “indigenous forms of bikes and other alternative means of transport,” including bamboo bikes and bamboo skateboards as “social entrepreneurship,” according to its mission statement.
It was founded in 2009 by members of the University of the Philippines Mountaineers club, including Hecky Villanueva, an urban anthropologist; dive instructor and resort operator Boy Siojo; visual artist Eng Chan; U.S.-based educator John Climaco; and Eric Cadiz, an electrical engineer who also runs a motorcycle dealership.
Each one is handmade. The company gets its bamboo from suppliers in multiple parts of the Philippines, relying on varieties that are hard and durable, including some that are used for furniture and in construction. The bamboo is then dried to avoid splitting, with abaca, a plant fiber, used to join the poles together.
PINOY COMMUTER BIKE FRAME
Price - 10,000 Php
We named this the Pinoy bike frame because it is proudly made by pinoys.
It was Hecky's dream to help poor communities by providing them livelihood opportunities
and the Pinoy bike frame, with the help of GKONOMICS and ACCENTURE,
is the realization of that dream. These are crafted from the loving hands of the residents of
Gawad Kalinga in Sitio Pajo.
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