Be Safe, Be Seen

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Road safety is paramount; there are no negotiations with that. What’s been most impressive the past year is the increased awareness around being seen with spray on reflective materials and various lighting solutions for cyclists, but Marc Sapetti’s Blinkers are by far my favorite concept of them all. The next generation bicycle lights – whatever the angle and the situation, Blinkers can be seen and alert those around you.

The operation of Blinkers is simple, which makes them highly efficient – the rear blinker indicates the direction of the turn, by blinking to the right or the left. The front Blinker is synchronized with the back Blinker, while also incorporating a strong white head light.

Accessibility is also a massive factor with Blinkers, incorporating a magnetic snap-on, snap-off system making them easier to dismount. Quite an elegant design, Blinkers is a gorgeous addition to any bike and is sure to keep the rider safe given any conditions.

Designer: Marc Sapetti

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Total Body Cycling!

Trunky. Bottom-heavy. Those are just a few symptoms of “cyclist bod”. Seriously, it’s a thing! This happens when cyclists fail to supplement their extreme lower body training with upper body exercises. This is particularly problematic for those who do long, multi-day rides or camp using their bike where they might not have access to extra upper body equipment.

Designer Boyan Rista recognized this very issue on a 3 month mounting retreat in the Balkans. Basically, his legs were looking fantastic while his arms were…. well… not! The solution: the 4 limb-powered Twicycle! Named for its dual gearing systems, it extends the opportunity for cyclists to work their upper body simultaneously as their lower body. In much the same way the rear tire is powered, the front wheel is geared to an innovative handlebar system that allows the rider to pedal with their arms while steering in addition to pedaling with the legs. For non-cyclists, the extra work might sound taxing… but for those in fear of cyclist bod, it’s a dream come true!

Designer: Boyan Rista [ Buy It Here ]

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The Fabulous Form+Function Bike

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Having been a writer at Yanko for over a year, I’ve seen my fair share of bicycle designs. Some classy and sober, some weirdly outlandish, but aesthetic nonetheless. The Sync bicycle however, is like nothing I’ve seen before. It doesn’t look unnatural, for one. It looks unique, but something about it feels right. The design takes inspiration from the biker’s seating posture, allowing the cycle frame to reflect the user’s body position. The result is a bike that has a powerful visual that almost makes you wonder why all bikes don’t look like this!

The Sync’s unique shape also allows it to absorb decent amounts of shock, while having a strong and sturdy build… but you’re probably not reading any of this because you can’t get your eyes off the bicycle!

Designer: Sync Bicycles

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So Wrong It’s Right

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The electric bike itself is nothing new, and either is this design’s completely carbon frame. Even hubless wheels aren’t unheard of, but on this design that’s exactly what’s piquing my interest even though they’re normally inefficient! Here, the hubless aesthetic is made possible by an electric assist motor located inside the rear wheel frame itself. The alternative pedal mechanism is in fact connected to the electric motor system, ensuring driver and machine are synced as one at all times. Better yet, the man-power generated fuels integrated headlights, safety lights, and an innovative smartphone speed control system.

Designer: Avgustinovich Andrey

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A Twist (rather, slide) on the Folding Bike

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I’m not sure you can even call it a folding bike, because the Somerset utilizes a MUCH more effective system to shrink down to a compact size! At the heart of the design is a horseshoe-shaped, tubular frame that’s used as a slide rail. The circular steel structure and semi-arc frames can be transformed into a rollable handcart in seconds, making it easy to transfer between cycling and other forms of transportation like the subway or bus. Its small compact size also makes it convenient to store when not in use. Better yet, the unique arc and overall shape is as functional as it is beautiful, especially when compared to true folding bike designs.

Designer: Kaiser Chang

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