vrijdag 25 juni 2010

open source bikes

According to our philosophy we keep our bikes simple. A beixo bike has everything you need to ride it well. All choosen parts are the best option, of good quality and do what they have to do.
The nice thing of creating bikes is that there are always special wishes. We receive a lot of questions about possible changes. Can I mount a front fork with suspension? Can I pick wider tyres? A different saddle?
The answer is in 99% of the matters yes. We choose for standard sizes and standard parts, so an exchange is easy to make. The only boundaries you find in the rear hub. Here we (and also our customers) are limited to the Shimano internal gear range. In a certain sense our bikes are open source bikes. This because we push the beixo riders to share their opinions and their changes. These are discussed with a group of experts (bike shop dealers, technicians etc). And if it makes sense we apply these changes on the bikes.
But our philosophy remains standing: we provide the cake: you can add the cherry.

beixo slim changed by Mr Van Waijenburg (The Netherlands), check the suspension fork, the smaller front wheel (24") and the 2.1 Schwalbe tyres

beixo slim changed by Mr Tiller (Germany) with hub-dynamo, changed handlebars and comfortable saddle.

vrijdag 11 juni 2010

designing details

Close ups of the final design proposal. What we tried to do is to create a clean and simple bicycle.
In bicycle design it is hard to design all the parts yourself because this is very expensive.
Framework is something you can easily vary on since the tubes need to be welded anyway.

Other parts like the fork, steer, seat tube, saddle etc. are parts that are purchased from other manufacturers.
In most cases standard purchase parts for the assembly of the bicycle are not exactly the way you want them to be.
Some forms are overdone and distract the clean intended shape of the design.
To bring back the cleanness in the design redundant color use is the key.
By the white overall appearance the bicycle becomes beautiful simplistic again.
Green highlights indicate folding points in a very smooth way. The Go gets a face by the striking logo on the front.