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Old 07-31-14, 03:20 PM   #1
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Has this gotten any attention on here?

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Teague x Sizemore Gets my Vote in the Bike Design Contest | The Radavist

I personally wouldn't ride one and I am guessing the price tag will be in the thousands.

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Old 07-31-14, 03:49 PM   #2
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The fender concept seems interesting, I'd like to see it in action. Always nice to see a belt drive being used.
The lock seems very easily attackable with the jack method unless they're 8lbs. Or a saw, or a hammer, or a steel pipe or just about anything if they're aluminum.
Built in lights are always cool but never seem bright enough. And blinker on a bike just seems silly
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Old 07-31-14, 04:02 PM   #3
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Those fenders would have to go. I doubt they'd work well in any serious amount of water and, with only two bolts to hold them on, I doubt they'd stay level over time. (I wouldn't want to end up dragging a steel loop bolted to my hub, if it caught anything I'd end up airborne)
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Old 07-31-14, 04:34 PM   #4
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Those fenders would have to go. I doubt they'd work well in any serious amount of water and, with only two bolts to hold them on, I doubt they'd stay level over time. (I wouldn't want to end up dragging a steel loop bolted to my hub, if it caught anything I'd end up airborne)
Agree on the fenders. Got to GO. Extra friction? No thanks. The video even shows how inefficient they are. You are dead right about them being a built-in-booby-trap waiting to cause harm. Poor design top to bottom.

I thought one of the selling points of belt drive was quiet operation. I don't know if it was the belt, hub, or fenders, but that was one noisy ride. Yuck.
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Old 07-31-14, 04:54 PM   #5
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It's funny how they even consider those fenders.
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Old 07-31-14, 05:37 PM   #6
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Funny, in the comments on the page people really seemed to like those "fenders". I definitely wouldn't want something constantly rubbing against my tire.
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Old 07-31-14, 05:56 PM   #7
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It doesn't do anything for me. I guess from an industrial design standpoint it's pretty great, but as far as overall utilitarian use, in the sense a bicycle is typically used, it has a lot of extra fluff that is unnecessary and, potentially, not useful. In fact, I'd find those fenders sort of a nuisance. Can you imagine if you had toe overlap and caught your toe while trying to turn? You'd end up in the side of somebody's car or on your behind in about a half second flat.

Also... And this is just my vanity speaking, couldn't they have chosen something else to put on the front platform thing besides a tray full of Starbucks? I feel like SS/FG riders catch enough flak for Macbooks, Starbucks and skinny jeans without showcasing a bicycle with a platform JUST for carrying the stereotypical caffeinated hot beverage of choice for hipsters and city-dwellers worldwide.

I mean... I'm just sayin'...
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Old 07-31-14, 05:59 PM   #8
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Bike shaped object
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Old 07-31-14, 06:03 PM   #9
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Well said.
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Old 07-31-14, 06:58 PM   #10
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All five of those bikes are hideous and useless college design ************.

The Bike Design Project
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Old 07-31-14, 07:06 PM   #11
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Okay, I have to admit I like the integrated handlebar lock. Otherwise, it's emphasis is on futuristic aesthetics and has goofy tech features and components that do not interest me or most other utility cyclists.
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Old 07-31-14, 07:29 PM   #12
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I think that it belongs in the ja thread.
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Old 08-01-14, 01:56 AM   #13
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Well said.
It's not even that.
Once again, someone has proven that the diamond frame 'safety cycle' got it right.
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Old 08-01-14, 02:19 AM   #14
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All five of those bikes are hideous and useless college design ************.

The Bike Design Project
I didn't even realize there were 5. It's like none of those teams have studied engineering. 4 of them use designs which deviate from the standard frame triangles in some weird desire to be different, but in doing so compromise the strength in such a way that they have to weigh at least a few extra pounds to compensate. And the damn videos. You have 15 seconds to tell me why your bike is cool and for 7 seconds you're just going to have a train going by? It's an informative video to get my vote, not a video production class final.

Things that I saw that were cool:
-built in lights with generator hubs on the SEA
-the quick attach/detach front and rear racks on the SF
-maybe the spring loaded rear rack if it can hold actual weight on the NYC
-belt drives
-internally routed disc brakes
-built in gps tracking on CHI and PDX

Bad designs
-the frames on all of them
-all had a single hand position except the SEA
-the built in cable locks. Never use cable locks!
-likewise aluminum handlebar lock would be too easy to break
-the stubby seatposts allow for almost no adjustment on NYC and SF
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BikeSnobNYC is taking each one apart in his usual style. Much fun.
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Old 08-01-14, 05:26 AM   #16
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^^Exactly. It's pretty amusing.
All of those bikes are a joke, can't imagine paying for something so silly.
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Looks like a fun industrial design student project. Nice exercise in creativity...not so much in functionality though. Too many sacrifices have been made in it's actual usability in the spirit of being "different"
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It's not even that.
Once again, someone has proven that the diamond frame 'safety cycle' got it right.
My town had a little antique car, boat and bike show last week. 120 years later and.........

1894 Crescent....

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My town had a little antique car, boat and bike show last week. 120 years later and.........

1894 Crescent....

Isn't it amazing, planes, trains and automobiles all look drastically different from their 1894 counterparts and hardly anyone would bat an eye at this 1894 bike, at least in the overall shape of things.
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