italia veloce

italia veloce make lovely handbuilt bicycles in their factory in italy. on their website you can design your own, using the configurator to choose between several frame models, as well as different options for handlebars, wheels, tyres, saddles and chainsets, to create your perfect bike. it's great fun for playing around on, and if you design one you decide you can't live without, you can get a quote for it and place an order!

it's similar to other sites such as republic bike and bike by me, but these bikes are a lot more high end than those. as i said, great fun whether you're planning to buy one or not!

via moco mr

japanese brass bicycle bell

i bought one of these bells as a present for someone once, i don't know why i didn't get one for myself too. available from manufactum, a company i have previously posted about that do all kinds of amazing products.

There was a time when the only problem facing quality goods was competition from goods of an even higher quality, now it seems that inferior goods are the main problem.

i've found myself needing a bell for my bike recently (actually, for both of my bikes), and this one looks and sounds good.

Is it a warning sign or is it a musical instrument? After hearing the first note (which hesitates for a moment at the beginning in the semitone range between B and B flat) you'd probably say "musical instrument" – it sounds so pretty, and the note is held so long. It doesn't say "Get out of my way" but "Here I am" with such charm that even the most hard-bitten pedestrian has no option but to dance gracefully to one side. On top of this is the pleasure of having such a delightful piece of mechanical art – in brass and with a nice variety of features – to look at while you're riding your bike.

and for only £13, maybe i should get two!

hand carved bicycle saddles by kara ginther brooks bicycle saddles are very nice, and also very expensive. so the idea of cutting into them seems very risky to me. as the leather artisan responsible puts it:

"I'll never forget how nervous I was to make that first cut into the gorgeous seat. Carving leather leaves little room for error; not only can you ruin the design, but with one slip of the blade you can render an object useless!"

well, these look pretty good!

via boingboing

woodway bicycle by arndt menke- zumbragel

i saw this on designboom, and it reminded me of the bamboo bicycle i did a post on, by ross lovegrove. from the article:

the project began by investigating the use of wood as a construction material, paying close attention to its particular considerations. the result is a fully functional bike that weighs only 2.3 kg. with some special metal parts and carefully constructed wood pieces, arndt has created a bike that blends new and old together into one unique package.

the detail at the back looks quite interesting. this bike is so light, and apparantly strong too. i think i prefer it aesthetically to the bamboo one as well. on arndt's website, it has the following quote from the twitter of lance armstrong, which sums it up nicely:

"Good morning. Check out this killer wooden bike."


link to original article

link to arndt menke - zumbragel

bottleclip by matthias ries

i saw this today, and it caught my eye. designed by matthias ries, this design simply clips onto a standard bike frame, and a standard plastic bottle should thread onto it.

there might be some flaws to this design (like: what happens when you turn a corner and the bottle hits your legs?), but i still think it looks like a good concept.

link to designboom article

link to matthias ries

the difference a good picture makes... a while back a saw a post about a guy who takes amazing photos of custom bikes using a very basic set up. from boingboing:

'Using consumer cameras, Ray gets tremendous results in his modest garage photography studio. Ray's process has been perfected with considerable trial and error, but surprisingly little money. With a $30 tripod, $35 halogen Sears work lights and a $55 roll of seamless, Ray has proven that I can no longer blame my camera for my poor quality photos.'

it just shows the difference a good photo makes, and how simple it can be! check out his site to see what kind of lights, backdrop, and tripod set up he uses. through lots of trial and error he seems to have come up with just the right setup, which can easily be copied without having to go through that trial and error yourself.

when looking at peoples (product) design work on a website or portfolio, a picture can really make or break a product. a simple white backdrop like the one above is often the best thing to use to show the product, as it doesn't over-complicate things. i will definitely use some of his tips when photographing my own things this year...

link to boingboing post

link to ray dobbins photo setup