Top 10 bikes designed to make urban commuting eco-friendly
I am the cycling team from start to finish! They are the most ecological means of transport and also very fun to drive. They create zero emissions and encourage people to ditch fossil fuel-burning, polluting automobiles. And not to mention, not only are they healthy for the environment but also for us! They promote good health and allow you to get your daily dose of exercise, without even hitting the gym. In an effort to encourage and celebrate bikes, we’ve curated a collection of unique and innovative bike designs that will meet everyone’s diverse biking needs. From a revolutionary all-wheel-drive bike to a DIY wooden bike – there’s a cool bike here for everyone!
Created by Stuttgart designer Stephan Henrich, this uniquely shaped bike is by far an off-the-shelf automotive design. The four-wheel beach and city cruiser is propelled forward by a monopneumatic chain system that automatically forms a temporary rim in the wheel sections, as well as a humped belt drive in the inner groove. The monotire is powered through the center wheel as the crank generates the force needed to spin the wheels. The bike gets into motion using the short chain and an 8-speed gearbox unlike anything we’ve seen so far.
This plywood bike was created with the goal of getting more people to focus on sustainability. The open-source design is called “Openbike” and despite the obvious issues that come with a plywood bike, it’s still an affordable, lightweight alternative for those who want to live on a budget but are also environmentally conscious. You can download the files to build your own bike here! Architects Raquel Ares and Iñaki Albistur said: “It is a manifesto on sustainable urbanism, urban transport, distributed manufacturing, shared knowledge, community and the responsible use of resources, which materializes in the design of a non-polluting urban transport, the bicycle, which can be manufactured for its own use in the city where it is going to be used.
Centering this bike is a lightweight 7005 series aluminum frame and outstanding hubless wheel characteristics. To finalize the hubless wheel design that is functional down to the smallest detail, Franz called on his fellow mechanical engineers. Ultimately, the offset axle design had the extra gearing to spin the wheels at an appropriate speed with the pedaling motion. This is assisted by the on-board motor for that extra thrust on inclines when the throttle is depressed. The Pilot bike finally came to life after countless tweaks and design changes. The next step was to finalize colors, materials and finishes.
City bikes are designed to be intuitive for smooth and easy rides. When navigating between traffic and red lights, a city bike ride should feel light and nimble. Through a unique approach in designing his city bike, Gaëtan Francq has created Loop, a compact city bike whose parts have been developed around the bike’s loop frame to deliver a sleek and fully contained ride. As eye-catching as Loop’s frame might be, Gaëtan Francq Studio’s city bike has a whole lot more to it. Starting with Loop’s handlebars, which feature Bluetooth connectivity, the city bike’s streamlined GPS is contained here to ensure riders don’t get lost in new towns or unfamiliar roads. Just below Loop’s handlebars, a storage compartment fills the bike’s looped seat tube, allowing riders to bring items like water bottles or even wine with them for the ride.
Called Prototype 0, this velodrome track racer imagined for speed heads shines with its monocoque design focused on drag reduction and aerodynamic optimization for maximum acceleration with minimum effort. The ultra-thin profile of the Prototype helps to achieve the least aerodynamic drag possible, which is ideal for effortless commuting. The bike is a fixie – a single speed bike designed for urban riding for added degree control. Don’t expect it to be as good for steep climbs or rough terrain, as it’s purely designed to be a racing demon for smooth tarmac surfaces. The presence of a larger driveshaft means control is going to be the highlight of the ride.
While at first glance you (anyone) might mistake this for a powerful e-bike ready to tackle any terrain – it’s actually something more subtle. Yes, it’s actually an e-bike with pedals dubbed “Carbon”, made by Moto Parilla, an Italian automotive design house. Designed to traverse any rough terrain with electric motor-assisted power when needed, the pedal bike comes with the reassurance of big wheels for superior grip. The wheels are perfectly synchronized with the equally large oversized disc brakes and hydraulic brakes. The carbon fiber and aluminum composite body gives the bike a very modern appeal to the delight of new-age riders. Not to mention the toughness, agility and durability the material brings to the ride.
CeramicSpeed’s new drivetrain removes the ubiquitous chain that is synonymous with two-wheelers for a mess-free, low-friction drivetrain that looks stunning. A rotating shaft replaces the need for a greasy chain, and it works spectacularly well, say the folks at CeramicSpeed, reducing friction by up to 49%. Where chains typically wrap around toothed gears, individually pulling on each tooth, causing sliding friction at each point, the “Driven” chainless drivetrain has only two points of contact, where the pedals engage. interface with the rotating shaft and where the shaft transfers rotation to the rear wheel. At these points, CeramicSpeed introduces ceramic ball bearings to the shaft, causing less friction as the bearings push against the gear teeth and also spin, resulting in extremely smooth motion.
8. THE AIRCARRIER
City bikes are diverse. Some of them are designed for carrying heavy loads, others for speed. What if cyclists want to use their bike not only for speed performance, but also for logistics? And if they don’t want to have to carry backpacks all the time, even if they only want to carry a raincoat, EDC, or basic supplies. The AEROCARRIER gives bikes the extra storage they deserve. Like most scooters equipped with under-seat storage, the AEROCARRIER attaches to the back of any bike seat, giving you 3 liters of fully secure, watertight storage. Designed to bring the perspective of basic logistics to a machine otherwise designed for performance, the AEROCARRIER allows you to carry emergency supplies and items like a reflective vest, medical kits or even spare parts like bicycle tubes or a repair kit. It provides the practicality necessary for urban cycles.
9. The Wing Cycle
This awesome roadster bike looks skyward for avian inspiration! It’s called the Wing Cycle and its frame departs from the traditional diamond shape, instead adopting the shape of a bird’s wing structure. This includes a fascinating cable wire design that supports the seat. Additionally, the cable system can be adjusted to change the seat position for different riding modes. Clad in a handsome material mix of chrome, leather and wood, the result is skeletal yet elegant and entirely unlike anything out there.
10. METL Bike Tires
Just when you thought tubeless bike tires were the best thing on the road for your bike, the next revolution has arrived. The very technology NASA uses in its Mars rover and moon mission has now reached the consumer-focused arena in the form of the METL tire developed by startup Smart Tire Company, which licensed the technology to bring to the bike. routes in the near future. METL airless bicycle tires are made using Radial Shape Memory Alloy Technology (SMART) – made from a strong (like titanium), lightweight yet ultra-elastic (like rubber) material known as NiTinol+. This magical material according to Smart Tire Company, “rearranges its molecular structure when you bend it, but instantly springs back to its original shape, perfectly.”