Posts Tagged ‘Cycle’

Yep, a bamboo bike…

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

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Spotted this beauty in London’s swanky West End last night. It’s a bike made from bamboo. Sweet!

I’d seen them on the TV a few months back being made in Ghana. It was Boomers International in Ghana (http://www.booomers.com). Their ultimate goal is to provide the poor in rural Ghana the means to gain economic freedom. Definitely worth a look!

Want to have a go yourself? Fear not, you can make your own bike right here in Blighty. Check out the Bamboo Bicycle Club (http://bamboobicycleclub.org) and book yourself into a workshop.

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Or buy a kit off the internet from Bamboo Bee for £120: http://bamboobee.net/product/biy-bamboo-bike-frame-kit/

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Don’t fancy making one yourself? There seem to be plenty of pre-made options.

Calfee Bamboo: http://calfeedesign.com/products/bamboo/

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Boo Bicycles: http://boobicycles.com/

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Mekong: https://mekong-plus.com/bamboo-bikes/bikes.html

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Bamboo Bee: http://bamboobee.net/product-category/bicycles/

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BME Design: http://www.bmedesign.eu/b8-series-frames

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ZamBikes: http://www.zambikeszambia.com/products/bamboo-bikes/road-bike/

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Virk: http://www.virkdesigns.co.uk/bamboobikes/

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GoPro commute Feb 2014

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Feb has been a relatively uneventful month of commuting on the wet and windy streets of London but still managed to catch a few random things along the way. Hope the 2 people on the floor being attended to by ambulances were ok :/

Music this time is a bit of a Garage Band lash-up, but it does the job.

Filmed using a GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition with helmet mount. See it bigger on YouTube

 

Go go GoPro! Jan 2014

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Few random moments captured on camera commuting from East Finchley to Old Street. All taken during 3 weeks in Jan 2014.

For the record… Yes, I stop at ALL red lights… wear a helmet… also ride 2 motorbikes and I drive a car. Yes, that means I do actually pay 3 lots of road tax, so don’t start with that one! Yes the woman crossing on a green light with her baby should know better. The cyclist crossing on a pedestrian crossing is a complete nob. The woman springing out through queueing traffic should have crossed at the lights… the 3 policemen at the lights weren’t impressed with her. And yes, the bus driver did get an earful. I had loads of fun too. What’s not to like!

Filmed using a GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition with helmet mount. See it bigger on YouTube

 

Tron Legacy – Recumbent edition

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I love bikes, but let’s be frank, cyclists commuting through London on recumbents are really embarrassing. Like those people who do offroad riding on unicycles. You know who you are. Stop it.

Anyway, if you ride a Tron Legacy bike backwards, I think you could get away with it…

Wheels… hmmm, what colour to choose…

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Just bought a Giant Omnium track bike and looking to get a set of road wheels. Now, being a bit of a designer, ye olde boring black and silver rims just bore me to death. Seems the British only like black and silver so I’ve got to get them custom built. My local bike shop, Bike & Run in East Finchley (who incidentally, have some right nice bikes in their new showroom!) are lined up to build ‘something’, just got to decide what colour. Luckily, Velocity do a range of bonkers colours (I already have orange ones on my MTB) so just a case of Photoshopping my bike with a few options and choosing.

Thought I’d share the results just in case it helps you decide your wheel conundrum too. I guess I should make this in flash some day so you can change the colours yourselves and change the frame colour. Maybe one day I’ll get the time…

I’ve uploaded the .PSD layered file here if you want to add your own frame in by hand. Just open the file in Photoshop, select the rim or hub layer and change the Hue/Saturation (Apple+U or CTRL+U on a PC).

(And yes, I know I’ve made the rear wheel radial too… just saved a bit of Photoshop time)

Black/Blue
Black/Gold
Blue/Black
Blue/Blue

Blue/Gold
Celest/Blue
Gold/Blue
Gold/Gold

Antifreeze/Blue
Lime/Blue
Orange/Black
Pink/Gold

Purple/Blue
Black/Gold
Red/Gold
Silver/Black

Silver/Blue
Silver/Gold
Silver/Silver
White/Black

White/Blue
White/Gold
Yellow/Gold