PSFK Picks: Top Five Bikes Made Of Alternative Materials
A roundup of the most innovative examples of bicycles created using non-traditional materials.
- 17 october 2011
PSFK has compiled a roundup of the best bikes designed and constructed out of non-traditional materials. No ordinary titanium here.
This bike is made entirely out of nylon but is as strong as steel. Designed by Andy Hawkins and Chris Turner, this bike was constructed by compiling layers of used nylon powder that are each one-tenth of a millimeter thick. This same process is used to manufacture satellites.
This bike has two functional tires made out of bent steel and was designed by Ron Arad for W Hotels, where guests are able to take it out for a spin. It will soon be auctioned off as part of an Elton John charity.
Dutchman Jan Gunneweg designed and constructed this bike almost entirely out of wood. 95% of the bike is wooden including the wheels, handlebars, and pedals. Gunneweg reportedly spent around 200 hours hand-carving this one-of-a-kind piece.
Designed by Bezalel Academy of Art and Design student Dror Peleg, this plastic bicycle is lightweight, colorful, and functional. This bike was made using injection molding, and even the tires are plastic, so that they will never go flat. The Frii is also environmentally friendly, as all the plastics used were made of recycled materials.
Designed by Monash University student Alexander Vittouris, this bamboo bike is the ultimate in environmentally-friendly production. The bamboo used for the bike is grown out of the ground directly into a mold, so once it is fully grown, very little manufacturing is left to do. Rather than using unsustainable factories, material, and energy, this bike is produced using the energy of nature.