Tuesday

Just because you call it "sustainable"...

...doesn't mean it isn't ugly.




I'm far from a purist in terms of materials that are used to create things, but I gotta say, I've had it up to my gullet with ugly wooden bicycles that are masquerading as some holy grail of sustainable transportation. When I was seven, I nailed two old rollerskates to the bottom of a two-by-four and called it a skateboard. Now, it seems, that you can win some design awards and grant money by bolting two wheels to a sheet of plywood and calling it a bicycle. I was way ahead of my time.




Don't get me wrong, I actually love wooden bikes and there are some stunning examples out there, I just prefer ones that, uh, look good. It's great that form follows function, I just don't think that form should trail so far behind function as to be almost invisible. Feh.

7 comments:

  1. yes! a Trogdor (the burninator!) bicycle! or, 3 really really ugly ones.

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  2. Ha! Yeah, I've often thought similar about hybrid or electric motorbikes. So many are styled like a prop from a horrendous 80s scifi movie =)

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  3. What's wrong with just a plain bicycle?

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  4. Whats wrong the the bamboo bike? Calfee does it and its amazing, plus they're doing a Ghana project.

    http://www.calfeedesign.com/BambooOverview.htm

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  5. tommy - nothing. I love the bamboo bike. Know why? It looks good! I've got nothing against wooden bikes. In fact, I like them very much. What I don't like is industrial designers who give little thought to the look and "on the ground" function of the bike. I'd way rather roll a Schwinn than that Trogdor bike I posted.

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  6. well, have you seen Renovo bikes? they're the most beautiful rideable work of art I've ever seen.
    http://www.renovobikes.com/

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  7. yes. I have not only seen them, I've posted about them. Thanks for the comment.

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