Australian design student Alexander Vittouris has designed an all-bamboo velobike which also incorporates the natural growth process of bamboos in the design of a fully sustainable vehicle.
Vittouris uses the principals of arborsculpture, or ‘tree shaping’ techniques, whereby the shape of a tree or plant is controlled and instructed by leaf trimming, wiring and pruning, for example. In this case, Vittouris used an inner skeleton structure that the bamboo grows around.
The design was a finalist at the 2011 Australian Design Awards.
Jan Gunneweg works with wood to craft benches, desks and tables as well as wooden bicycles. His bikes are made out of solid walnut or birchwood and are made to order, as each labour of love takes between 160 and 200 hours to build.
The helmet has two components – a protective polystyrene inner shell and a separate soft fabric outer cover with straps and velcro flaps for keeping the wind/snow/sun off your neck. Commando style riding!
Last week in the hot summer heat I cycled to the launch of Melbournalia League, the fourth in the series of CBD pop up selling an array of Melbourne design goodness. I did a brief talk about my love for Melbourne, design, shopping and bikes before checking out some of the cycling-related goodies on sale and chatting to like-minded cyclists.
Melbournalia League is only open until 24 December so drop in to have a look quickly! It is in Exploration Lane at The League of Honest Coffee, the city caffeine temple of boutique Melbourne coffee roaster Padre.
Melbournalia is a series of pop up stores opening in four Melbourne CBD venues (and one repurposed newspaper stand) hosting displays of Melbourne design goodness with stationery, jewellery, homewares, fashion, coffee, art and design from some of Melbourne’s best-loved boutique design brands.
The fourth pop up store dubbed ‘Melbournalia League’ is opening tonight on Exploration Lane at The League of Honest Coffee, the city caffeine temple of boutique Melbourne coffee roaster Padre.
Padre and Melbournaliaare both passionate advocates of shopping locally and getting there by bike. Bicycles are one of the best ways to explore Melbourne, so get on yours and come on down to the launch of Melbournalia League tonight!
Joyce from CycleStyle will be speaking about her love of cycling, shopping and Melbourne with another special guest, Treadlie magazine.
Thursday 8 December
6-8pm at The League of Honest Coffee 8 Exploration Lane, Melbourne
We are big fans of Melbourne-based bike rental company The Humble Vintage and the limited edition hand-drawn maps coming out of it called Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists.
Now author and entrepreneur Matt Hurst has written The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne, a book bringing a fresh perspective to cycle routes in Melbourne interspersed with articles on cycling tips, tricks and thoughts as varied as Taking the Scenic Route and Five Surprising Situations When it’s Better to Take the Bike.
The guide brings together contributions from a range of Melbourne architects, historians, chefs, designers and local identities, including chef Guy Grossi and milliner Richard Nylon.
With hand drawn maps by Matt, design by Studio Pip & Co and illustrations from graphic design duo Tin & Ed, it’s a uniquely Melbourne collaboration. The book is a delightful read and it’s an essential item for the ambling Melbourne cyclist.
Giveaway! Thanks to Hardie Grant, we have one copy of The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below by Friday 9 December and the winner will be drawn randomly. The competition is restricted to Australian residents. Good luck!
The winner by random draw was Beth! Congratulations, your prize will be sent to you shortly!
Thanks to some Sunday sun, the Melbourne Tweed Ride 2011 was a great success! A large contingent of tweed-wearers and vintage-stylers rode out from Federation Square along the tweedy brown Yarra River to Como House, which was hosting the Paris to Provence Festival.
We’ve got just the thing for your bike this party season!
If you like wine and you like biking, you’re going to love our new Bicycle Wine Rack. The handmade leather bicycle wine rack is perfect for taking wine with you on the go. It easily attaches to any 1″ bike frame with antique brass fasteners, while the hidden clamps hold the bottle securely. The olive oil-treated vegetable-tanned leather will only look better as it ages.
The Bicycle Wine Rack is in store now for $29. Something for the Christmas stocking, perhaps?
You’ll find lots of Christmas inspiration at our stall – stocking fillers like cute bells and skirt garters, Santa’s wishlist items like chic raincoats and helmets and stylish panniers and bags for hauling home your Christmas turkey!
If you’ve never been to the market you’ll find an ever-inspiring, ever-tempting array of great design stalls, cool grooves, coffee and happy crowds. For more information about the market go to www.melbournedesignmarket.com.au
We are big fans of the high quality British workmanship embodied in Carradice’s and Ally Capellino‘s products (we use a Timothy for weekend trips away). The new range is like dream-bag-squared!
If you can’t wait for the new bags to arrive in store (slated for Northern Hemisphere Spring 2012) then some of Ally Capellino‘s current range is suitable for bike riding. Here’s a video showing Frank on a bike.