AO Bike Powers Itself

 What's trendier than urban commuting by bicycle? Why dynamo-powered green energy, of course! And what good is a designer if he can't capitalize on two of the most trendy phenemenons out there and incorporate them into one vision?

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Designer Omer Sagiv earns his stock by offering the AO Bike, a very geometric piece of cyclery. In addition to sharp angles and shapes, the bike makes use of a single-gear drivetrain with a toothed rubber belt in place of a chain. I'd think that a rubber belt would be decidely less durable than a metal chain, but it'd likely be cheaper to replace too. A plastic frame and wheels, on the other hand, are not likely to be durable or cheap to replace.

Since biking home from work in the late fall and winter can get pretty dark, the AO Bike includes an integrated dynamo that powers the headlight and taillight. Your leg power is now pulling double duty.

Other features include generous adjustability in the seat and handlebars, suspension built into the front wheel and integrated rear suspension under the seat to provide some cush to the tush.

This is just a design, so it won't likely make it to market, which is probably good because something this trendy would likely be way overpriced.

Via: Yanko Design

Mar 23, 2010
by Anonymous

Any benefit?

Which is more efficient? directly driving the wheel by gear or dynamo-power?

Mar 24, 2010
by Chris Weiss

@ Anonymous

The dynamo powers the headlight and taillight not the wheels. You're right; that would defeat the entire purpose.