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STRINGBIKE® wires and pulleys–no greasy chains

Posted in design by aldorf on September 22, 2010

www.stringbike.com

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Developed at bike-maker Schwinn Csepel Ltd in Hungaria. The bicycle design utilizes wires and pulleys rather than greasy chains to get you around.

The “Stringbike” uses two steel cables attached to pulleys, which move on swinging kidney-shaped discs as you pedal. The discs replace a traditional round gear system, and you can install different discs depending on your needs, according to the Web site Hungarian Ambiance.

The position of the pedals determines the position of the discs, so that they swing in opposition — one is always pulling the bike forward, and the other lags behind. This allows a continuous transmission change, which could help a rider navigate winding streets, because you can more easily control the transmission without having to shift gears.

more about the Stringbike here.

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Enjoy MY View – Bus Stop Intervention

Posted in art, ideas, Media by aldorf on June 1, 2010

A periscope that is attached to a bus stop. It aims to entertain and reduce the stress of commuters, avoiding the wait/walk dilemma. It transforms the bus stop into a playground by providing a fun diversion while waiting for the bus. At the same time it works as a critical object: by being present, it also aims to initiate a conversation between the commuters about the lack of the real-time information display that let you know how long will take for the bus to arrive.More info: http://www.enjoymyview.net/bustop.html

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