One of the coolest things I’ve seen in years.
Adding to the ranks of boutique bicycle builders, Paul Budnitz builds these elegant city bikes from titanium and CoMo steel. Components are from Chris King, Thomson, Paul Components, Phil Wood, and other high end makers. No suspension: just a cantilever frame design, wide tires, and the forgiving nature of steel and TI.
These are damn pretty bikes. When I’m rich and famous, I’ll get one and let you know how it rides.
“Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made?
Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. We hope you find the spirit of it inspiring.”
I’m becoming a bit jaded when it comes to concept vehicles. Most of them are either wildly impractical, overly futuristic, gauchely shiny, or all of the above.
This concept scooter by French firm Antoine Fritsch, however, looks both elegant and practical. Bamboo has a natural springiness that would make this a sweet ride, and with decent-sized wheels and disc brakes it looks efficiently capable.
The text is in French, but here’s a rough translation of the description:
“The T2 O project proposes a sweet mode mode of alternative travel. This study is part of research projects that the Agency Fritsch-Durisotti leads regularly on the themes of the evolution of our behaviors and of sustainable development. Somewhere between bike and scooter, this product proposes a structure entirely in bamboo, evidence of the relevance of natural fibers in areas where we do not expected them. Powered by an electric motor, the accelerated phase is assisted by the user as on a scooter. Its cruise speed is 35 km/h for a range of 40 km.
Materials used: bamboo, cork, steel, aluminum, rubber.”