'frii' recycled plastic bike, designed by dror peleg
israeli design student dror peleg has designed 'frii' for for his degree at bezalel academy of art and design, jerusalem.
focusing on the mass production of bicycles with limited resources, this single speed city bike is made with various
recycled plastics using injection molding technology. compared to the construction of the traditional metal bicycle,
this process is less labor-intensive and more accessible: it can be customized to characteristics of local industry--
its abilities, advantages and disadvantages.
to construct 'frii', bearings are inserted into the mold before injecting, and tires are 'full' material, injected over the rims,
making them 'flat tire'-proof. the saddle is injected in different sizes to accommodate various heights of riders.
this alternative material dictates a new aesthetic as well: 'frii' features smaller wheels, 20 inches in size, which calls
for a shorter fork and adds strength. additional strength is created by plastic ribs, which are used throughout
the design. the frame also includes a pyramid-shaped bottom by the crank for stability.
1:1 scale model of the bike
3/4 rear view
3/4 top view
an enlarged main bar-frame hinge reduces pressure on the plastic
cutaway look at the mechanics
the design process lends itself easily to the custom specification of colours, and the durable 20-inch wheels are interchangeable
recycled materials give strength to the bike's structure
concept behind the project
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