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20
Oct
09

I Thought The Future Was Now.

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This absolutely mouth-watering, Chris Boardman designed bicycle is a prime example of my frustrations as I search for the perfect bicycle.  This bad-boy is loaded to the rafters with modern day tech.  It features: Integrated computer, a finger print identification locking device, a battery assisted motor that is charged through solar panels integrated into the bikes frame, spoke-less wheels that improve aerodynamic efficiency, and self-inflating puncture proof tires.  My god, let me have it!

Of course the unexpected but inevitable end of this story is thus:

“‘It could be built now if there was the will. All the technologies are already there, it’s just that nobody’s put them all together before.’  boardman said. he also added though that such a bike would not be financially feasible for mass   production for around another 20 years.”

20 Years!  This is spectacularly unacceptable.  This is a prime example of why I began this blog.  I believe that it is possible to build bike of this calibre and make them affordable.  I flatly refuse to accept that cost is what is keeping us from a brighter, cleaner, faster, two-wheel future.  The web is littered with amazing bikes like this while our streets continue to be littered with cars.

Solutions:

The purpose of this blog is not to lament the scarcity of bicycles like Boardman’s.  The purpose of this blog is to envision, create, and produce our own dream bicycle.   Action is our goal!

With that said I have been trying to envision a structure that can help guide us on our journey.  I do not want a lot of rules.  This is not a dictatorship.  Creativity, especially the creative endeavor of a group requires as much freedom to run wild as it does structure to achieve our ultimate goal of producing the bicycle of the future today.

As I have chosen Biomimicry as the most promising starting point for our design I thought a structure like Darwin’s evolutionary tree

Evolution is the name of our game.

Evolution is the name of our game.

would be ideal for creating, exploring, and eventually arriving at a design(s) that represents the highest aspirations, values, and ideals of the people who want to undertake this journey with me.  How will all this work?  I don’t know.  This will be a team effort.  I will not be throwing rules and regulations down from the mountain top…or in this case, my laptop.  We will develop this structure and our culling process together.  We will evolve our ideas together, and one day we will ride our bikes together.

16
Oct
09

The Dreamers of Dreams…

I have been traipsing around the interweb looking for and at some really amazing bicycle designs.  One blog in particular (bicycledesign) has some truly aweinspiring designs (curvybike).  My biggest problem with these blogs and indeed with the designs I have been seeing is this: They are not real.

These bikes are only being imagined they are not generally, being built en-mass.  Therefore they are utterly useless.  I’m finding these bikes to be extremely specialized.  Commuter bikes, city bikes, folding bikes, road bikes, bikes that replace cars, sport bikes etc.  None of this interests me.

What I’m interested in is action.  I want a bike that could win the Tour de France, revolutionize the cycling industry, and be used just as easily as a commuter bike around the city or to cycle across the country in record time.  Most importantly however, I want it to be built.  Unless this bike is realized and disseminated it is of no use to us.

This doesn’t mean though, that we cannot draw inspiration from the work of our peers we simply need to bring our ideas together and then focus our minds and dedicate ourselves to bringing our vision into reality.

16
Oct
09

Re-Inventing The Wheel

I’ve been shopping for a new bicycle. That pursuit has led me to blog. For the past six months I have been scowering the Internet in search of the perfect bike. I wanted something that was fast, light, super-stiff, affordable, and frankly, inspiring. As it turns out this bike simply doesn’t exist. So instead of compromising and paying more money than I can afford for a bike that is less than my hearts desire I decided to start a blog that will help birth the perfect bike into existence.

The next step will be to gather a community of people who feel as I do. We will recruit cyclists, designers, engineers, and a bicycle manufacturer who will bring OUR dream bike into existence.




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