Peter Dudas ‘Hi-Bike’ Concept Does Fixed-Gear One Better06.17.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Fashion, Tech   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
Tags: Bicycle, Fixed-Gear, Fixed-Gear Bicycle, Hi-Bike, Minimalism, Minimalist Bike, Peter Dudas, Urban Bike
After the modern minimalist has built his or her custom Fixed-Gear Bicycle, taking loving attention to every element from the color of the frame, the number of spokes in the wheelset, the type of handlebars and a seat that has just the right appeal, what new frontiers of minimalist bike design are available to experiment with? Italian designer Peter Dudas has come up with the “Hi-Bike” concept, a chainless, spokeless rendering of the classic road bike design, intended for modern city cyclists’ needs.
It’s not surprising that this idea should come from an Italian. After all, some of the greatest bike designers in the world (think Basso, Bianchi, Campagnollo, Cinelli, Colnago, Kuota, Moser Cicli, the list goes on) come from Italy. The exciting thing about a bike like this is the idea that there are new frontiers to explore in the world of cycling. One can imagine that there may come a time that a small electric motor could be coupled to this design that would make the possibility for clean energy transportation a reality throughout the world. In countries such as Holland, where the Bike to Human ratio is nearly 2 to 1, designs such as this will be very popular. Sooner or later, it can be hoped that more Americans will follow the example of the Europeans and become involved in this trend.