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Bicycle Design Contest Winner Announced

torkel_bicycle_design_winnerBicycle Design unveiled the winner of their commuter bike contest, and it’s Torkel Dohmer. The winning entry is described as “a pedal powered comfortable bicycle with weather protection.”

Torkel wins a Cannondale Bad Boy 700 for his efforts.

Visit bicycledesign.blogspot.com for more info.

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  1. Tony BullardJanuary 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Seems weird to me that a recumbent bike would be considered the best new design for a commuter. Could you even see over the cars around you? Could the cars see you at all down there? Doesn’t seem like a smart choice at all. Sure, it’s an interesting design, but for the actual intent, it seems awful.

  2. Shane EbelJanuary 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I did not think this would win, I believe the Mark Huang upright design is a much more mass appeal bike. I guess if i poncho came w/ it, it would have won, The production cost for the recumbant would have been scary enough for the masses. Huang’s design was practicle, fashoinable, and appeared easy to maintain. Can’t say that i’m the biggest fan of this ruling. A bike w/ a roof, I just don’t see it happening here in Madison, rain is the least of our worries.

  3. Stef PeiferJanuary 23, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I saw a good writeup on this design was done by Cozy Beehive. http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2009/01/analysis-this-way-commuter-bicycle.html

  4. terryJanuary 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Imagine riding that thing into a head wind!

  5. bobJanuary 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm


    How about a cross wind?

    Can someone please make a filter for Firefox that blocks all industrial design competition news.

    My favorite comment related to this bike (and design contests) so far is on Treehugger, where these competitions are described as
    “intellectual circle jerks”.

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