Bikes That Work

I’m cleaning out my email inbox again, and I’ve got a pair of bikes to share with you. The first comes from my friend Ken, who snapped photos of this bike at the Design Museum of London:


From the design team responsible for the bike:

The Aquaduct is a pedal-powered concept vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water for the developing world. The functional model was designed and constructed over a three-week period for the Innovate or Die contest hosted by Specialized Bicycles, Google, and Goodby, Silverstein and Partners.

More information on this concept can be found by visiting the Aqueduct website.

The next bike comes from Fixed Gear Gallery’s recent “Grocery Getter Contest“. While there were many creative entries, the hands-down winner was crafted by David Mahan. Fixed Gear Gallery and David graciously allowed us to use photos of this amazing machine:

David started by taking this…:
(photo courtesy Fixed Gear Gallery/ David Mahan)

…and applied some heat, metalworking skill and general wizardry to come up with this:
(photo courtesy Fixed Gear Gallery/ David Mahan)

What’s best about this bike is that the “cargo” part of the cargo bike removes to become a shopping cart…how cool is this?!?

(photo courtesy Fixed Gear Gallery/ David Mahan)

Check out the rest of the Grocery Getter contest entries by clicking here. For a more detailed start-to-finish look at David’s creation, please check this out.


  1. Parepidemos August 17, 2009 11:39 am 

    I was dubious about this design deserving special honor until I saw the front half in the grocery aisle. Now I get it. Brilliant!

    But is it sufficiently strong and rigid to haul those heavy loads home? What if, while loaded, you cross railroad tracks? Drop off a curb? Is the steering stable at a decent speed (15mph, say)?

    I’d have to ride to believe, but the concept is undeniably brilliant!

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