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Ditch Your Car: Store Your Bike for All To See

April 4th, 2012

Bikes are most often seen traveling or resting on the ground — but what’s the harm in switching up what you’re used to every once in a while? In fact, why not decorate your home with the beauty of a bicycle like architect David Baker did in the case of his living room?

Naturally, we advocate for the act of bicycling itself, but there’s definitely something to be said for the aesthetics bikes have to offer in almost any environment. For the sake of practicality, it can be a great space-saver to craft a way to hang your bike in your home (just make sure it’s practical and within reach, not just for aesthetics’ sake). After all, what better way is there to showcase your ride when you’re not on the road than by having it integrated into your home?

PHOTO Via: SW Stark

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

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Lane Love: London

January 2nd, 2012

How many bicycles park in the space of one car? About 10, as illustrated by this awesome bike rack in London. The rack, designed by Cyclehoop, a firm of award-winning designers and architects who specialise in producing innovative indoor and outdoor cycle parking solutions.

via Treehugger:

The “car” bike port is made out of steel and anchored into the ground with bolts so it is good and sturdy. At the same time, it is a flat pack design, so that it is simple to transport and set up at events. It can also include a bike pump and be used for branding…

The stand is an ironic take with a serious message. Cars cause pollution and congestion, and their parking spaces could be dedicated to bikes, not cars.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

PHOTO via Cyclehoop

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How Do You Design the Utility Bike of the Future?

July 27th, 2011

Thanks to Treehugger for drawing our attention to the new video from Oregon Manifest; it’s all about the collaborative design spirit going into building the utility bike of the future.

Via Treehugger:

A lot of fancy futuristic bicycle designs have garnered TreeHugger posts. We all want to know what the future will bring in terms of cooler features and entirely novel forms. You’ll notice, though, that most of those future-oriented bicycle ideas sport a bit of a Jetson’s feel while falling short on amenities city cyclists really need – kickstands, fenders, back racks. Oregon Manifest, a bike design challenged sponsored in part by Levi’s (recently out with bicycle jeans), is aiming to find the future of utility bikes. Competing for a $3,000 prize, craftspeople and student teams are looking to innovate, show off their bike builder chops, and fashion a bike that makes people able and willing to get out of their cars…

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A lineup of 34 illustrious bike builders and many student designers from Oregon as well as other U.S. states are working with some fairly specific smart criteria for a city bike. The bikes must have built-in anti-theft devices, fenders, lighting, some load-carrying capability, and some sort of kickstand mechanism so the bike can stand while parked.

Manifest’s panel of judges will be looking for entries that also push the envelope in terms of function, materials used, technologies employed, and the ability of the bike to adapt to different environments and lifestyles.

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Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

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The Sofa Bike

June 15th, 2011

Nothing is quite as stylish as a sofa bike.

From designboom:

Designed by jacek holubowicz, the eccentric ‘sofa bike’ has been conceived for the notion of the ‘bike date’. The design includes two separated 8-gear hubs, hydraulic brakes (all operated by a front handle bar), and dynamic chain steering for manoeuvring through the streets. Two extra soft bolsters are included that can be removed according to the driver’s height. The ‘bike couch’ is also equipped with a sound system, 17 AH battery and a folding roof with gas springs.

The perfect bike date maybe?

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

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Seoul Bike Design

December 22nd, 2010

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

When you put design savvy bike lovers to work, you get some good results. Designboom has a post outlining all of the winning entries to this year’s Seoul Cycle Design Competition.

What was the grand winning design? Bike 2.0: Next Generation Bicycle. From the designer:

Bike 2.0 the next generation bicycle, will give you more fun with energy boosts when you are cruising around. It makes you 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.

Sweet…

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