ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bike
ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bike
jan 21, 2013

ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bike

bike with sprung steel wheels designed by ron arad all images courtesy of WOW bikes



as part of a collaborative fundraising event between elton john AIDS foundation and W hotels, six top creatives were invited to transform the distinctive blue ‘boris bike’ used by londoners into a a functional work of art, to by used by visitors to london’s W hotel at leicester square. the project goes by the name WOW bikes and israeli-born UK-based designer ron arad was amongst the select group  – which includes artist benedict radcliff, fashion designers patrick cox and alice temperley, singer paloma faith and illustrator natasha law – who each created a completely original, bespoke bike. arad’s design ‘two nuns’ involves sprung steel arranged in tesselated forms for its wheelsand is fully functional.



ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bikerendering of the wheel’s tessalation



‘two nuns’ bike by ron aradvideo courtesy of ron arad studio



ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bikedemonstrating the sprung steel wheels’ ability to support the rider



ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bikedetail of the hardware involved in shaping the wheels



ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bike



ron arad: two nuns sprung steel wheel bikeron arad with his unconventional bike design


*we have updated this article originally published on august 22, 2011 with a new video and additional images.

  • Just like the wheels I proposed to my Renault 4 ever project…
    Except that I cannot show it to anyone…

    mayra says:
  • mayra this is not related to the Renault competition and yes you can show your project by now unless you were notified that you were amongst the finalists. In any case, cool concept by Mr. Arad

    DsgnCrit says:
  • @ DsgnCrit This is NOT a concept BY Mr. Arad… as you can see
    [url=,the-wheel-reinvented,1058256.html] unusuallocomotion [/url]

    …and yes, I’m among the finalists of Renault competition… waiting, and wainting and waiting 4 ever?

    mayra says:
  • Id love to take it for a spin….or would i? how do you corner with it? whats gripping the road? when cornering, youre on the edge of the steel and are you sure to slip and fall? I love the idea but im not convinced.

    charles says:
  • Easily manufactured, serviceable, lightweight, great in the wet. He’s really nailed it with this one.

    James says:
  • Like much of Mr. Arad’s creations, this is art, not design… It might work in a straight line!

    Marc D. says:
  • Definitely would be interested to see it in action. As others have mentioned, I’m left rather puzzled as to how this bike would handle corners … I guess on the bright side it might create sparks when doing break-lock sliding stops. Oh, that reminds me: how much time is needed before this bike even stops?

    Arielle says:
  • well, this is a first year student work… this is not functional at all…

    ben says:
  • it’s an artwork. but the side view is really beautiful

    Felix G says:
  • Will some 700×27 Vittoria Pavé EVO CG tubs fit those wheels?

    Booji Boy says:
  • @Arielle… Now that I see it better, I guess there are no brakes in this one… great for hill riding! (downwards)

    Pato says:
  • Form despises function. Well done Ron 🙂 One has to be amazed he has balls to to pose for a picture next to it lol

    Cap says:
  • The wheels aim a plus in elasticity or aesthetics? What abouth becoming slower or side winds?

    Dr. med. Zoltán George M a y e r from Arad, Transsilvania de Borszowicky says:
  • i’m absolutely in love with that wheelsssss!!!! Ron is back!!!!!!!

    Chairseater says:
  • I would like to see a picture with somebody sitting or riding on this bike. Does that woK?

    sigrun Musa says:
  • if this is not intended to be design then he should not promote it as such, as he has done this then we should question it as we do all design. on this basis it is an imaginative concept at best. I wonder if it can perform to the level of our existing solution , never mind even trying to find one advantage for this approach.I could see some minimal possibility of adding an outer rim so you could move more freely and break but this is pushing it a little.sadly I see it as form leading function which is sad for such a renowned ‘designer’.

    stem says:
  • Design is not engineering or mere function, design start with an artistic vision, (look at Ettore Sottsass and many other), otherwise you are an engineer, an inventor or a technologist, not a designer

    gabry k says:
  • I love this guys work

    dbkii says:
  • A lovely point on the timeline. Would the metal fatigue and break after so much flexing??

    Miel says:
  • Not practical at all, but interesting, I think is art!

    ideadores says:
  • Fixação entre as lâminas por porcas de orelhas??? Para quê??? Para se desapertar tudo??? Porque não rebites se o que se pretende é uma fixação permanente? Além disso, sem quaisquer estrias nas zonas de contacto com o solo, a aderência será reduzidíssima! Talvez divertido mas muito inseguro e ineficaz.

    Orlando says:
  • sad.. no music credits…

    Eduardo Yamin says:
  • very pretty. but if it ain’t broke…

    andy says:
  • great design, I was inspired by this idea, thanks

    jatkomik says:

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