This reinvented smart bicycle doesn’t need any chain or mechanical power transmission

Rising fuel costs are a major concern for everyone and everywhere in the world. The issue and its effect are reported across newspapers, TVs, and social media each day it is impossible to miss. As much as we want the situation to improve, this dilemma will not end anytime soon. So expect to witness more consumers and businesses grapple with the situation. Many people are now feeling the impact at every trip to the gas station. Some commuters have started complaining about the higher transportation costs. The higher the gasoline prices are, the less spending money consumers will have. There are several issues to address but what most of us can do is find alternative modes of transportation to save money. One of the easiest solutions for everyone is simple: a bicycle.

Designer: Mocci

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Bicycles have become more in demand in the past few years as a proper alternative to cars. E-vehicles are helpful because they don’t require gasoline. Motorbikes still need fuel but they are more economical to run. Among these solutions, bicycles remain the most reasonable and affordable for many people. Cycling is good for health and well-being too, but there are some downsides to it. Bikes are low-maintenance compared to cars and motorcycles but they need proper maintenance. There are parts that need changing due to wear-and-tear which can be costly. There will also be unexpected expenses because you can’t prevent lost or stolen parts. The Mocci Magic Ride’s enters the scene with a goal to offer mobility while reducing the need for maintenance.

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Design

The Mocci Magic Ride features 30% fewer parts which make it low-maintenance and easy to care for. This also means less downtime for repair and a longer service life which is advantageous to the business customers. The bike frame is made from recyclable but robust and durable polyamide materials instead of aluminum or steel. The upkeep is easier because there is only one structural component on the heavy-duty wheels.

There is no more mechanical power transmission because it doesn’t have any chains. The absence of a chain or belt is possible because the pedals drive a generator for the rear wheel hub to move. Digital gears drive the bike but only start when the rider pedals. Pedal up and you get electrical energy that will get the bike generator to work.

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Details

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Vehicle

From the first push of the pedal, you will see the difference in the ease and efficiency of a ride. It is convenient to use because you don’t have to charge up or use fuel, you only need to exert mechanical energy. The reinvented bicycle also brings a new category: Smart Pedal Vehicles (SPV). The SPVs still need pedaling but there is a replaceable battery for added support. It holds extra power but is only good enough for up to 80 km.

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Mocci Magic Ride is a smart pedal vehicle that is ideal for urban areas. It is digital to allow more urban connections among riders, customers, companies, and the city government. It offers cloud-based interfaces and receives over-the-air updates. The reliable Magic Ride offers real-time monitoring and an emission-free drive. And since the Magic Ride is a pedelec, this means no need for a driver’s license, tax, or insurance.

The name of the company, Mocci, refers to a “magical movement” and that is what the Magic Ride delivers. The smart bike combines hardware with software for a fully-networked experience. At the moment, Mocci targets couriers, service providers, and restaurant chains offering delivery. The Magic Ride allows safe and quick arrival of anything from medicines, to food, and repair guys. It features integrated GPS tracking, matching heat boxes, and luggage racks for customization. It also provides easy fleet management to help companies track and improve fleet operations.

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Vehicle

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Vehicle

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The Magic Ride is interesting for commercial customers because it is digital, fully networked, and adaptable to the riders. It can be configured with custom racks or trailers, making it a smarter choice for everyone. Add to that, the Mocci Magic Ride is low maintenance and doesn’t need any special license. It is one practical solution businesses should consider if they want to counter the rising fuel costs.

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Vehicle

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Vehicle

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Design

Mocci Magic Ride Pedelec Concept

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VAEN Bike Saddle Concept takes advantage of a lattice foam design for comfort

Concept Vaen Bike Saddle

Cycling is one amazing sport as it can stimulate and improve the lungs, heart, and circulation. However, it’s not always that comfortable.

We understand that cyclists have ways to enhance every experience. They change bike accessories and gear. But perhaps one part that is often taken for granted and forgotten is the saddle. The VAEN Bike Saddle is a concept designed with an organic lattice foam structure that is 3D-printed. The foam structure layer is what makes this comfortable to sit on. It will actually remind you of what was used on the Adidas Futurecraft 4D Shoes.

Designer: Vasi Gandhi

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Designed by Vasi Ganea, a Spanish industrial designer that regularly applies the lattice form on different products, the bike saddle concept has taken advantage of the Voronoi. The latter is one of the most used and viewed structures in 3D printing. It is simple to generate and print.

Vaen Bike Saddle

Ganea preferred the Voronio over other periodic cell designs because of its organic character. The pattern produced is attractive while offering an important function, making the saddle more comfortable than ever.

Vaen Concept Bike SaddleThe VAEN bike saddle concept is designed for additive manufacturing. This process of making objects with geometric shapes requires layer by layer in 3D printing so the result is a saddle that is comfortable to use even after a long day of biking.

Concept Vaen Bike Saddle Design

Vasi Ganea’s VAEN is not just your ordinary design studio. It’s an Earth-based design studio that will soon introduce more interesting pieces. The designer’s portfolio includes a new take on common pieces for the home like an oven toaster, dining chair, toothbrush, smart TV, and now this bike saddle.

The bike saddle concept from Vaen t is something that can be considered by cyclists and bike parts manufacturers. It provides softness and comfort plus aesthetics that also offers usability, solution, and the right kind of support.

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The world’s first hydrogen cargo bike is the future of transportation as it runs without batteries!

The LAVO bike from StudioMOM is the world’s first hydrogen bike, requiring no heavy batteries, particulates, or CO2 emissions for operation.

Nowadays, it seems bikes are the preferred mode of transportation in crowded cities. Traffic is no joke and public transportation has seen some major changes since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, so people are hitting the streets with shiny electric and portable bicycles. While bikes are generally more environmentally friendly than cars and trucks, they come with their own list of setbacks. Becoming the world’s first hydrogen bike, the LAVO bike from StudioMOM is a small solution to a big problem.

Requiring no heavy batteries, particulates, or CO2 emissions, the LAVO bike was designed to bring us, as StudioMOM puts it, “one step closer to an emission-free society.” Acquiring hydrogen from water and solar energy, the LAVO bike is outfitted with small hydrogen tanks that power up the bike for operation.

LAVO’s proprietary energy storage system converts electricity from solar panels using an electrolyzer that divides water into its hydrogen and oxygen components, relocating them to a long-term storage system that contains a metal alloy to produce hydrogen.

Only requiring around ten minutes for charging, the LAVO bike runs for a range of about 150km before recharging. Constructed using lightweight material, the LAVO bike keeps a cargo build to cater to the basic weight that comes with a hydrogen-based system.

Describing the choice to make LAVO a cargo bike, StudioMOM notes, “Long-range cargo solutions, in particular, require a lot of energy. Then an extra hydrogen tank of 1.2 kg is surely preferable to an extra battery that weighs 6 kg.” From its modular assembly system to its ergonomic build, the LAVO bike was designed as less of a traditional cargo bike and more of an innovative mode of transport–LAVO was designed for change.

Designer: StudioMOM

This bicycle’s loop frame was designed to be easily dismantled, making it a lighter, smoother ride!

Many people who live in cities rely on bikes as their main means of transportation. City bikes are designed to be intuitive for smooth, easy rides. When coasting between traffic and stoplights, a city bike ride should feel lightweight and nimble. Through a unique approach in designing his city bike, Gaëtan Francq created Loop, a compact city bike whose parts were developed around the bike’s looped frame to deliver a fully-contained, sleek ride.

As eye-catching as Loop’s frame might be, the city bike from Gaëtan Francq Studio comes through with a lot more perks. Starting out with Loop’s handlebar, which comes packed with Bluetooth connectivity, the city bike’s simplified GPS is contained here to ensure riders won’t lose their way in new cities or on unfamiliar roads. Just below Loop’s handlebar, a storage compartment fills out the bike’s looped saddle tube, allowing riders to bring items like bottles of water or even wine along with them for the ride. With Loop, there are no more excuses for showing up empty-handed to the party.

Designed for the concrete jungle, the designers behind Loop equipped the bike with a powerful brake system called Wilwood, which can easily be replaced and worked for maintenance since Loop was also designed to be readily dismantled whenever necessary. Along with some of the best brakes in the game, Loop’s 26-inch wheels prop riders up to a familiar height for a relaxed ride. Lightweight and easy to handle, each one of Loop’s components is constructed from aluminum alloys in order to optimize the light feel of the city bike.

Loop comes with all the goods you might need for an easy city ride– GPS, speed and temperature updates, a storage compartment, and an ultralight frame. The unique looped structure of the city bike’s frame was designed to turn heads as you pass them by on the street, but also to simplify the whole body of the bike, making for an elemental city bike that looks polished, versatile, and uncomplicated.

Designer: Gaëtan Francq Studio

Loop’s handlebar contains all the information you might need for a long ride through the streets of the city.

Through different ideations, Gaëtan Francq Studio ultimately created a bike centered around its loop frame.

Loop’s aluminum alloy frame went through thermal hardening to limit its elasticity.

26-inch wheels allow riders to enjoy a familiar seated height.

Loop’s digital handlebar display signals riders of the outside temperature and time, along with the bike’s speed mileage.

Slim handlebars enhance the city bike’s overall sleek look.

Easy to disassemble for maintenance, the city bike’s design was developed around its main aluminum loop frame.

Loop comes equipped with a Wilwood brakes system for quick brake-response time.

Minimal chains and an airy design give Loop a cool, clean finish.

The bike’s main storage compartment is located just below the seat.

Through a process of thermal hardening for aluminum frames and steam curving for wood frames, the Loop structure maintains a durable combination of rigidity and flexibility.

This sleek detachable bicycle bag holds all + incorporates a rear signal light to ensure safe and comfortable rides!

Bicycle accessories can make or break any ride. Bulky bike bags or finicky water bottles can be distracting and make the ride a lot less enjoyable, and a lot more stressful. Sometimes the aesthetic of an accessory outweighs its functionality and its unique look isn’t able to ditch the stress it causes. In designing a bike storage bag that’s as mobile as it is sleek and simple, Happy Buddha Design Studio has created Mix Bag, a multi-functional and detachable bike bag that also integrates a rear light for safe travel come night.

Many modern bikes come with a rear light, signaling to the trailing traffic behind the rider that they must share the road. Often, when bike storage bags are attached to a bike behind the rider, that rear light ends up getting covered, making for unsafe riding at night and busy streets. The Mix Bag from Happy Buddha integrates a translucent compartment area and accompanying rear signal light for their storage bag to assure riders that they’ll be seen on the road even at night.

To attach Happy Buddha to their bicycle, users simply slide the Mix Bag’s translucent plastic covering onto the rear light and both can then be connected to the bicycle. The rear light projects onto Mix Bag’s plastic top to increase its visibility and brightness for nighttime riding and packed city streets. Whenever the user’s bike is left unattended, the Mix Bag itself can easily be dislodged from its joined rear light, providing portability and an added sense of security.

Ensuring that the Mix Bag is weatherproof, the designers at Happy Buddha constructed it from waterproof nylon fabric, as well as PC and ABS plastics. Pairing its durable build and slim design with intuitive assembly and attachment, the Mix Bag does not require tools or instruction for setup. With weatherproof tailoring, a clever space-saving design, and portability made simple, the Mix Bag was designed for smooth rides.

Designer: Happy Buddha Design Studio

To install the Mix Bag, slide the storage bag onto the detachable rear light and connect both to the underside of the bike’s seat.

The Mix Bag is detachable to allow for portability when your bike is left unattended.

Coming in either black or white, the Mix Bag embraces a neutral color scheme for ultimate adaptability.

Even at night, the Mix Bag’s translucent plastic top signals to the traffic behind you that you’re sharing the road.

The Mix Bag’s compact, yet roomy build allows for accessory storage for smartphones, keys, wallets, and the likes.

Circular saw blades replace the tires of this classic road bike to help it ride on ice!

Across the globe, it seems a cold front has a lot of us in its grips and cooped up indoors. No longer are we riding bikes in the sun or enjoying the outdoors, instead, we’re suffering through the double whammy of a cold winter and this endless quarantine. But for some of us, the frozen lake left in the wake of a winter storm’s rage only coaxes us from hibernation, offering more territory for us to play. For The Q, a video-content creation channel known for its quirky science videos that solve engineering problems, a frozen lake provided the ideal conditions to test out their latest project, Icyclycle  – a road bike whose tires were replaced with giant, circular saw blades.

In order to get their bike, a Corso Number One Spirit, primed for the ice, The Q entirely disassembled the bike’s 26-inch wheel systems. The tires were deflated, the spokes were removed, and the cog was soldered. The road bike’s rear cassette was first broken down into its individual components in order to then be welded and fitted for the incoming circular saw blades. Placing the round saw blades between the bike’s rear chainstays, the bike’s original chains accommodated the new saw-tires with help from a welded disc wheel. As shown in the video, once the new circular saw blades were put in place and ready to hit the ice, The Q’s initial test run didn’t go as planned.

The bike moved too deep along the y-axis, digging deeper into the ice instead of moving forward. Noticing this mechanical issue, The Q returned to the metal shop for some acute fixes that required welding small horizontal metal fixtures to the ends of each tooth around the circular saw-blade-tires. The smart fix eventually led to the success of Icyclycle since it allowed the saw-blade to simultaneously pick up and collect the ice it moved on, allowing for less force to be applied to the ground as the bike moved forward.

Quarantine is turning a lot of us into self-proclaimed DIY-buffs and this winter isn’t helping, but The Q is in a league of its own. I’d go so far as to say that when it comes to surviving this winter, The Q came, saw, and conquered.

Designer: The Q

Replacing the road bike’s tires with circular saw blades, The Q set out to create a hybrid bike that runs on ice.

Deconstructing the road bike’s original wheel system meant completely disassembling the rear wheel cassette.

The spokes were removed from both of the wheel’s hubs so that they could be adjusted to accommodate the bike’s new ice-wheels.

The disc wheel worked to help fasten and protect the steel saw blades while also providing positive friction for the bike wheels to properly rotate.

Once the road bike’s hubs were fit for the saw-blades, the new ice-wheels were easily inserted between the bike’s chainstays.

Without any means to move past the ice, the circular saw-blades’ teeth only dug further into the ice as the bike’s wheels rotated.

The design behind this wheel turns it into a type of track wheel that is commonly seen on construction sites or during the early morning hours following a bad snowstorm, as track wheels make it harder for vehicles to sink into the ground.

With detachable storage units and a lightweight frame, this e-bike design looks to the future for inspiration!

Electric bikes have hit a stride in cities across the globe, promising eco-alternative modes of transportation to practically every street corner. Capable of turning a 40-minute walk into a 10-minute ride, e-bikes save both time and energy for a lot of people who live in larger cities. GEO, a new e-bike design from a trio of creatives based in South Korea, looks to futuristic electric bike frames for storage, structural, and functional inspiration. Cheolhee Lee, Dahae Lee, and Hyewon Park designed GEO based on the geometry of a typical bicycle.

Looking at GEO head-on, three circles catch the eye – the bike’s two wheels and round middle area that doubles as a storage unit and might also contain the e-bike’s power supply. The e-bike’s center circle manages to store a lot of the magic. Narrow in width for smooth pedaling, the center storage unit is completely detachable so riders can easily pack a lunch and bring an extra bathing suit for rides to the beach on those summer Fridays. Adding to the bike’s slender body, its dual-spoke wheels and sparse tubing give the frame a casual and approachable feel. The wheelset’s spokes meet each wheel’s central hub, connecting the bike’s chainstays to its pedals and gears, which join at the base of the bike’s center of gravity. The creative team’s decision to make the top and down tubes of GEO run parallel to one another gives the e-bike an unconventional, slim frame, evoking ideas of how a future electric bike’s structure might look years from now. Another nod to the world of future e-bikes is found smack dab in the middle of GEO’s handlebar, where riders will find the e-bike’s minimal digital interface that indicates riding speed, driving mode, battery level, along with the date and time.

For all the bike-buffs out there, GEO’s structure might get confusing when it comes to analyzing different measurements like fork rake, but the beauty of the e-bike’s design is that it lives somewhere in the future, far away from the constraints that might come with modern design. The slender e-bike packs a lot of power into its narrow and lightweight frame, which only adds to the bike’s overall portability value. In the 21st century, with getaways like tiny homes surging in popularity, and eco-tourism becoming the new golden standard for traveling, GEO joins the growing movement of a greener lifestyle with a simple bike frame that recycles all the clutter for a more agile and balanced electric bicycle.

Designers: Cheolhee Lee, Dahae Lee, & Hyewon Park

Max Hazan designs a racing bike that embraces a fighter jet aesthetic

Social Distancing at home, our days have blended together and because we are saving the world, we cannot take off into the sunset. But we can definitely daydream about it from our couch and this insane bike can be the protagonist of our weekend thoughts. Max Hazan, one of the world’s most famous custom bike designers, has created the Motus MST ‘Salt Shaker’ and it will take your imagination on a ride! To me, this bike looks like something we will see on the streets of Mars when we move there and I mean that in a good way.

The bespoke Salt Shaker is the latest land racing bike from the Los Angeles-based designer in collaboration with Hazan Haas Racing: Hazan, and Bobby Haas of Dallas’ Haas Moto Museum. The creators call it the ‘Salt Shaker’ because it was envisioned to be raced on the Bonneville salt flats and I can only imagine how cinematic that would look because of its otherwordly form! It weighs 635 lbs but 150 lbs in that were intentionally added for better traction and stability. It almost looks like a mini fighter jet with its sleek curves and white aesthetic.

Salt Shaker showcases Hazan’s typical style in its build – it is constructed around a fully-custom frame which is enveloped in one-of-its-kind bodywork featuring a partial streamliner. The engine was picked from Motus Motorcycles’ MST model and it is a 1,650cc pushrod V4 mill. Hazan also added a Garrett GT28R turbocharger to up the performance of the bike so it can go between 250-270hp smoothly. The bike looks like it is ready to be cast in a sci-fi adventure movie, I can imagine it speeding across the salt flats and the salt flying everywhere in slow motion. If you are a bike collector (even just a Pinterest one) then this should go on your list of rare bikes to have.

Designer: Max Hazan and Bobby Haas