Monday, November 15, 2010

ORTRE bike on its way

Ortre's first bike is on its way. Keep an eye out for full details in the near future on the Cinco. We are waiting on our Design Registration to come through, and tweaking some of the details.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wickedness from Jeff Jones

We love this steel Jeff Jones.  Anyone who has not been able to afford the titanium version will be pretty happy to see the release of this more affordable version.

Nice looking folders

Nice looking folding bikes from Kansi. Very reminiscent of Dahon's Mu.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Head Case

Another article on whether Australians should be forced to wear helmets when riding bikes on the Sydney Morning Herald Online Edition.  I really think that helmets are a drawback to getting people on bikes for short trips. But I think safety on the roads for cyclists has a lot to do with the general perception of who roads are for, and for now I think consensus is that cars rule the roads. When this perception changes then I'll take my helmet off.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Prototypes for some of the ORTRE projects have been finished, so we are one step closer to getting goods on the street.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Eurobike 2010

Check out Eurobike pics on their official site.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Proposed motorist speed reduction inner Sydney City

Suburban streets could become like 24-hour school zones under a City of Sydney plan to make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians by dropping the speed limit to 40km/h.
The council will ask the Roads and Traffic Authority to cut the speed limit on all local roads in three suburbs - Newtown, Camperdown and Darlington - a move crash experts say could reduce the frequency and severity of cycling accidents if applied across the city.
''As more people walk and cycle to work, the potential for conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles increases,'' a council spokeswoman said.
''Evidence shows travelling at lower speeds improves a driver's ability to stop and avoid crashes.''
But the NRMA said reducing speed limits on suburban streets could worsen congestion.
"Dropping the speed limit to 40km/h on these roads could make an already congested road network even less efficient, while doing little to encourage more cycling,'' a spokesman said.
"While the NRMA encourages greater separation of motorists and cyclists as a way of improving road safety for all road users, we should be careful to avoid piecemeal changes to the road network that could worsen Sydney's congestion problems."
Marilyn Johnson, a researcher at the Monash University Accident Research Centre, said cyclists' sense of safety improved when drivers slowed down. ''There's definitely evidence that injury severity is reduced with the reduction of speed limits.''
Speed limits of 20 miles an hour (32km/h) have been introduced in various parts of London over the past 16 years, and a study by the Department of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed that in the 20 years to 2006 the number of casualties and collisions fell about 40 per cent.
This week the NSW Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety called for submissions of strategies to improve road safety across the state for ''vulnerable road users'' such as cyclists. The committee will examine ''trends in injuries and fatalities'' and ''the needs of motorcyclists and bicyclists during the planning and management of the road system''.
An RTA spokesman said the authority would consider the council's proposal.
The RTA had already approved 40 km/h speed limits on selected residential streets in Glebe, Surry Hills, Chippendale and Woolloomooloo, the spokesman said.
The City of Sydney proposal is part of a draft cycling and traffic-calming plan for the neighbourhood and would only apply to local roads, not main roads such as King Street or Parramatta Road, which are managed by state agencies.
The proposals also include separate cycleways and measures to reduce crowding on the pedestrian route between Redfern station and Sydney University. (Article from SMH online)
Personally I think its a great idea, reducing the speed limit will not only make it more attractive for people to ride bikes, it will discourage people from driving. The cost of implementation would also be minimal. If Sydney is to truly become a high density city, such measures are definitely necessary. I think something else that also needs to be considered is the mandatory bicycle helmet laws. I think many people wont ride because they have to wear a helmet, especially for short trips. If the roads are made safer by slowing down the cars, then relaxing the helmet laws could be possibly, without the government looking contradictory.


Style is everything,

HAWK - Cordless Drill Powered

The HAWK mobile below was created by the HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Fakultät Gestaltung in Hildesheim, Germany and runs on a cordless drill drive. The HAWK was printed on an American Stratasys 900mc 3D printer.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Interesting cycle design from Nick Foley, the Etta.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nokia Dynamo Charger

03 June 2010: Today Nokia launches a Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit which captures free and eco-friendly energy from bicycling to power your Nokia mobile on the move. Great for use with Ovi Maps, the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit will ensure that you will never be caught out when navigating through unfamiliar locations. The kit consists of Nokia Bicycle Charger DC-14, Nokia Phone Holder for Bicycle CR-124, and a Bottle Dynamo.
Users will get free and efficient charging from cycling as the dynamo starts charging when a bicycle speed of 6 km/h is reached and stops at 50 km/h, matching the efficiency of a normal charger when the bike is traveling at 12kmh. The charger can be fitted onto any Nokia handset with a 2mm charger jack, such as the Nokia E72 or Nokia X6.
Want to listen to music when cycling but worry that headphones block out road noise? With the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit you can play music aloud to keep the motivation up on long or repetitive journeys.
John Nichols, Head of Marketing, Nokia UK commented: “The innovative Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit gives people even more freedom to use their Nokia handset without worrying about battery life.
“A growing number of people in the UK cycle for leisure, exercise or as a daily means of transport so this simple innovation is about convenience and getting the most out of your Nokia while you’re on your bike. It’s also the perfect piece of kit for those that care about the environment.”
The kit will be available before the end of the year in selected retailers and Nokia online and branded retail.

Monday, May 31, 2010


Poster from Artcrank....check it out

Bike Sharing In DC

I love the bike sharing idea, it makes so much sense. Interestingly it was found in Washington that “people use the bikes during the middle of the day for about 30 minutes“ according to Glen Harrison Bicycle Education Director at the Washington Area Bicycle Association. “So we think that those are people going to lunch, meetings or going out for a little exercise.''

In areas where bike sharing schemes don't exist it would probably make a lot of sense for workplaces to have a fleet of bikes available for employees to utilize.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Holiday Shot

Just back from Sri Lanka, was great to see that bicycles are still a major form of transport there. Not to mention walking.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tato - getting to work bike

I have always wondered about putting storage within the main triangle of a frame. We now Tato has gone and done it. The big issue with this location is the width of the storage. Tato's bike accomodates 95mm of width, which is probably the widest they can accomodate without having too many pedalling issues. The extra width, and bag jutting out would probably create some standover heigh issues too. It's cool though, and I definitely want to try one out.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Copenhagen Parts has come up with this alternative solution to a basket. Nice tidy idea, perfect for around town. Not sure if is such a great idea for a full fixie...

Commuter Computer

This is what Cateye says:
''The first ever cycle computer specifically designed for commuters and those who ride for transportation, errands, and utility. Critical trip details make the CatEye Commuter Computer the best option for making your rides stress-free. Estimated Time of Arrival, clock, temperature, and back light help you stay on schedule. The new larger font size makes it even easier to read trip details with a quick glance. Carbon Offset information is included along with standard computer features so you will not only feel better from the ride, you’ll feel better about the ride.The Carbon Offsets are computed by using a fixed 150g/km or 240g/mile figure and multiplying it by the distance ridden. It tracks it in real time and shows day to day, week to week, month to month and total carbon saved."

Nice idea but I am just happy knowing I am on my bike.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


11x11, what a sweet concept, will be keeping an eye on these guys designs,

Monday, April 5, 2010