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SANDWICHBIKES by Ana V. Francés

Would you have believed that two wooden panels could deliver the funkiest ride there is? We did, and we dubbed it the Sandwichbike. A Dutch Design original that was inspired by the concept of flat packing, home assembly and our never-ending drive to create exceptional products. Now it is time to share it with the world.

Rethinking the cycle

To enable you to build it yourself, we had to rethink every aspect of the classic velocipede. We came up with a concept that is unlike anything out there. Instead of a welded frame, we engineered a ‘sandwich’ of two weather coated frames of layered plywood. Bonded together by ‘smart cylinders’, the frames and components become a rock-solid piece of technology that is both durable and extremely attractive. 

1. Who is behind “Sandwichbikes”?

The Sandwichbike is designed by Dutch designer Basten Leijh, of Bleijh Industrial Design. 

2. How did your idea come up?

Basten  has many years of experience in designing bikes for several large brands. The Sandwichbike originated from the idea to re-examine the materials, manufacturing and distribution of bicycles. Much in the same way furniture or other wooden products can be flat packed and easily transported, the Sandwichbike is designed to fit in a small package. Using wooden panels instead of a welded frame the Sandwichbike allows the use of advanced printing and cutting techniques, making the bike extremely customizable. Consisting of less than fifty parts, the Sandwichbike can be assembled by anyone, while getting to know more about the technology and materials involved in this bike. We believe this creates a more meaningful relation between the bike and its owner, an essential development in a world full of disposable products. 

3. How is your workshop and organisation?

The Sandwichbike Headquarters houses four employees, making sure the design, production and service are top notch. As a small team we work together in the same way we  communicate with our costumers: direct, personal and honest. 

4. Any future project?

As mentioned, the materials used in the Sandwichbike allow for many customizing options. At the moment we are working on the release of the first Sandwichbike, but we also look ahead. Future plans include children’s sized Sandwichbikes, custom models, colors and prints, so keep an eye on our website for the latest news from the Sandwichbike family!

http://www.sandwichbikes.com/

The Ikea Of Bikes Is Ready To Ship

With bicycle culture and craft in ascendance, bike fever has spread past the artisanal frame builders and fixie fanatics to infest the every man. To wit: the fall launch of the Sandwichbike (anticipated by us earlier this year) by Bastens Leijh’s Dutch design studio, Bleijh Industrial. Leijh set out to prove that there are legitimate new ways to approach bicycle design and put it in the hands of the consumer.

Skladací bicykel je opäť in

Kedysi sa predávali bicykle nazývané “skladačky”. Okrem toho, že ste mohli rozobrať kolesá, riadidlá, pedále atď dala sa rozobrať aj samotná kostra bicykla a celý bicykel sa dal poskladať do kufra. Mal som tiež taký. Ale nikdy som ho nevidel rozobratý a ani sme ho nikdy nerozobrali.

Nebol na to dôvod, keďže sme nemali auto a teda sme nepotrebovali bicykel prepraviť v kufri auta, keďže vtedy neboli také držiaky na bicykle aké sú dnes. Buď ste bicykel pripevnili na strechu alebo ste išli vlakom. Vlastne cykloturistika sa tu ani nepestovala. Na bicykli sa chodili len po najbližšom okolí. Cesty neboli plné áut a v mestách nebol problém s dopravou. V súčasnosti začína byť preprava bicyklom v meste rýchlejšou ako preprava autom.

V niektorých krajinách to pochopili už dávnejšie. Úzke ulice historických miest neprepĺňajú automobily ale oveľa spratnejšie dopravné prostriedky. Najznámejšou krajinou plnou cyklonadšencov je Holandsko, Odtiaľ pochádza aj nový koncept skladacieho bicykla Sandwichbike

V roku 2006 sa dizajnérske štúdio Bleijh z Holandska zúčastnilo medzinárodnej súťaže v Taiwane. Vtedy Basten Leijh a Pieter Janssen vytvorili koncept bicykla, ktorý sa skladal z drevených dosiek. Tie umožňovali jednoduchšie balenie a prepravu ako aj kreatívnejšie možnosti dotvorenia samotného bicykla. 

Pre veľký úspech tejto myšlienky sa koncept postupne ďalej rozvíjal až do dnešnej podoby, keď sa Sandwichbike dá objednať. Stavba bicykla pripomína skladanie nábytku. Všetky súčiastky vrátane náradia potrebného na dokončenie svojho “približovadla” sú obsiahnuté v originálnom balení. Bicykel si teda môžete poskladať doma a dotvoriť napríklad maľbami alebo vlastnou potlačou. 

The sandwich bike: a flatpack bicycle delivered by your postman.

Believe it or not, but this box contains all the parts necessary (50 to be exact) to build yourself your own sandwichbike. Even the tools are included, so you can start straight away after the mailman has dropped it on your doorstep. 

The wood is weather coated, so don’t worry too much about the rain. Worry about how to stop instead, because brakes don’t seem to be included. ;)