knog frog

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there are a few problems with the majority of bike lights. firstly, they are usually not that simple to attach to the frame or handlebars. secondly, people are afraid they will be stolen; a lot of them are removable, but this leaves a big clunky attachment piece on the frame or handlebars.

there are also other, less obvious problems too, such as the one i currently have: i have two bikes, but only one set of lights. i'm never going to be riding both at the same time, but it is a bit of a hassle to have to remove the whole attachment bracket every time i switch between bikes (which is quite often). therefore, my only option would really be to have two sets of lights, which i think is a bit of a waste.

but recently i've come across the solution. the above image is of the frog strobe lights, by knog. the use of silicone as a material has really freshened up the whole bike lights area, and pretty much solved all of the previously mentioned problems!

they are easily attached, and easily removed. they are flexible, but remain secure. they come in a wide range of colours, and you can get hold of a front a rear light from as little as £10 for a single LED model.

puma mopion bike

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the collaboration between kibisi and puma/biomega continues! after the first set comes the 'mopion', a cargo bike designed for urban environments. the thing i liked most about the first set was the ones that had a basket integrated into the handlebars, and this one comes with an even bigger carrier! due to it's aluminium frame, the bike only weighs 22kg, and seems to be available in the same range of colours as the first ones were.

along with the previously posted about collaborations with aiaiai, kibisi are coming out with some really nice stuff recently!

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nike78

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last week i was sent a link by designer dan mather to the nike78 project.

NIKE78 is an exciting new project created by Paul Jenkins and inspired by NIKE. Creatives involved will receive a brand new pair of NIKE shoes and will be asked to use sport as inspiration to challenge their function. The project will be documented on this website and after the shoes have been collected, an exhibition showcase is planned for the London Design Festival 2010. This is a unique project featuring some of the most talented creative individuals, studios and other organisations.

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the above project is the 'nike spd's' by dan mather, which combine the function of cycling shoes with the aesthetic appeal of nike trainers. i like the outcome, being a big fan of bikes and functional objects in general. the thing that has always put me off clip-in cycling shoes (apart from falling off my bike) is the fact that they are so awkward to wear off the bike, and these seem to solve that problem.

there are a lot of very diverse projects on the nike78 website, from the 'akubu' fishbowl trainers by wieden+kennedy tokyo lab to the 'nike cup' trainers by max lamb (both pictured below). i look forward to the planned exhibition during the next london design week, to get a good look at all the trainers for real.

i wish i'd got the chance to be involved in the project myself! head over to the site to see all of the outcomes in depth, with many more images and a video for each one too.

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hand carved bicycle saddles by kara ginther

http://www.boingboing.net/200910091214.jpg 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."

nice!

link to original article

link to arndt menke - zumbragel

ninety bike by jamie douglas

http://www.brighton.ac.uk/news/2009/images/jamie_douglas_ninety_bicycle.jpg one of the best designs i saw at new designers the other week was the ninety bike, by jamie douglas from the university of brighton. i spoke to him while all the exhibitors were setting up (before the awards were given out), and not only was it a great design, but he was a really nice guy.

so when i heard that he had won the virgin red hot design award, i thought it was much deserved! i've found it hard to find any images of the bike itself, which is annoying, but have found many other articles using this image, which was taken when the awards were announced.

there are a few features to the design, mainly that when you click a button, the handlebars can turn at ninety degrees and lock into that position, which dratically reduces the profile of the bike (when being stored). and it worked really well! great for narrow corridors, or when locking it up elsewhere.

the other main feature is that part of the chain guard and the seatpost combine to become a d-lock.

if anyone knows where i can find more images, please let me know, as i dont think this one does it justice!

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 bike porter

i'm quite into single speed bikes at the moment. the ease of no gears, making for a much lighter bike, with much less that can go wrong! at the moment i'm converting a 70s peugeot race bike, of which i have been posting updates on my twitter page but plan to do a big post on when it's complete.

anyway, on designboom the other day i saw these (above). designed by the danish firm 'goodmorning technology', the bike porter is an integrated basket and handlebars. i always like the look of postmans' bikes that have a basket/box on the front, so i think this is quite cool!

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link to goodmorning technology

give good design for christmas!

screen-capture core77 has done a post on 77 great design gifts for under $77. some of them are great (but are also quite expensive). for example, the nintendo wall graphics (below), available on amazon by thinkgeek look really cool. apparantly they are easily movable and wont ruin the paint below, and would definitely brighten up any room, but unfortunately if you want a set it will cost you $69.99.

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there are some cheaper options, and in general they are all great products. one thing that caught my eye was something i saw during the summer while i was helping out at f1 studio in london, but had no idea where they were from. and now i do! the windrider bicycle clips by gijs bakker (below) are both functional and fun. made of reflective pvc, they keep you visible on your bike and also keep your trouser leg from getting caught in the chain, and are shaped like the sandals of greek god hermes. they cost only $15 from the moma store.

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other things that stood out to me were the 'anything' scissors, by michael sodeau for twentytwentyone, and the 'keep calm and carry on' red tote bag (both below).

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link to core 77 gift list

link to amazon for nintendo graphics

link to the moma store

the difference a good picture makes...

http://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup/update4.jpg 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.'

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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