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Old 12-31-11, 10:10 AM   #1
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Recyclable plastic folding bike with minimal environmental impact

'Recycle Me' is a plastic folding bike made entirely from recycled plastic

http://www.ecofriend.com/entry/recyc...mental-impact/
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Only one may fold, but there are some great bike designs here (have only seen two of them previously).

http://www.ecofriend.com/entry/10-gr...tallic-frames/

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Old 12-31-11, 01:00 PM   #3
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Only one may fold, but there are some great bike designs here (have only seen two of them previously).

http://www.ecofriend.com/entry/10-gr...tallic-frames/

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It's a great site for Eco innovations, transport being just a small part of the site.

http://www.ecofriend.com
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No offense people, but this is total greenwashing. Bikes are already extremely efficient and ecological, but if you wanted your bike to be as environmentally friendly as possible you'd just ride a vintage bike rather than bringing in the ecological damage of new production. Why would you ever want to recycle your bike? You want to recycle things that are disposable waste. Your bike should last you decades.

If you're frame gets totaled steel and aluminum can be melted down and recycled anyway.

PS: I think design students should be required to take at least one basic mechanical engineering course before we allow them to churn out flashy yet totally unfeasible CGI concepts that will never be built.
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On a less negative note, here's a sweet collection of innovative utility bike designs all attempting to do good things environmentally by reducing automobile dependence. I don't think there's any folding bikes, but there are a couple utility mini-velos. Plus they all exist in physical reality.

http://oregonmanifest.com/constructors/
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Plastics as they come from needing significant amounts Oil,
already loses some big carbon footprint points,
though so does the resins and the making of the carbon fabrics, too.
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Yeah another rubbish design... hubless, axle-less wheels and stuff are evidence of poor design not brilliant engineering. These designs never make it into the real world, recycled or not. Not to mention that thing would be like riding a piece of rope.
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Plastics as they come from needing significant amounts Oil,
already loses some big carbon footprint points,
though so does the resins and the making of the carbon fabrics, too.
They do now but several companies are looking ahead and developing new bio sourced monomers for novel polymers and bio derived versions of existing monomers. Eventually, I expect carbon composites and a number of plastics to be largely bio sourced.
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Maybe the guy will get a job where it counts .. Munitions ..

nobody gives a rat's what armaments cost anymore.
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More Plastic Bikes

A few More plastic Bikes ..... some fold too !
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Enjoy, snipe, laugh....... whatever floats y'boat ...

A splendid 2012 to one and all
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"Let bicycle people design bicycles and they will always look like bicycles and function like bicycles!" Fred Flintstone

Let's really get into the future with a virtual folder: My 14 yr old grandson would ultimately want to carry his folding bike on his Android phone. When he needed it, he would simply touch the appropriate icon on the screen and it would materialize in front of him. Touching that same icon when he was done riding it would cause it to "fold" back up into his phone.

Anyone have an App for that one?

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