luca agnelli hand builds electric bicycles with vintage 1950s pieces

luca agnelli hand builds electric bicycles with vintage 1950s pieces

luca agnelli hand builds electric bicycles with vintage 1950s pieces
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bike design. luca agnelli founded agnelli milan bike in 2015 to introduce a range of electric mobility for a more traditional rider. showcased at the stone island ‘craftworks’ exhibition for milan design week 2016, each bicycle is put together with a frame and 1950s tank, and then modified to fit the accessories chosen. first apprenticed as an antique furniture restorer, his bikes resolve technical and aesthetic problems by adapting to continual changes in function and form. ‘for me perfection does not exist,’ explains luca agnelli. ‘I work and create in order to never reach it.’ 

each bicycle is put together with a frame and 1950s tank
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image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

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image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

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image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

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image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

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image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

handlebar details
image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

the 1950s tank houses the batteries that power the bicycle
image courtesy of agnelli milano bici

the bicycles showcased at stone island’s ‘craftworks’ exhibition
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image © designboom


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  • How are they electric, when there is no battery, no cables and no motor on either front or rear hub?
    They’re rather pedal-powered, made to look like vintage motorcycles.

    Tomasso says:
  • It seems from the pictures there could be a hub motor in the rear. The battery could be hidden in the “gas” tank some of the cables could be internal, but I would agree that they are well hidden.

    Steve says:
  • the model #040220161015 model #030120169005 model #AA040520086021 frame, rear fork and rear dumper I guess they come from a 50$ chinese bikes, found them after a quick alibaba search. Good paint job and fancy components assembly but as a fellow italian I’m not enthusiastic even if reminds me old guzzi and motom motorcycle.

    bitzo says:
  • As explained above, the tanks house the batteries

    Simon says:
  • Are these available anywhere in North America, or anything like them? gorgeous!!

    Jocelyn says:
  • I don’t care where the wires and etc are hidden. I just want to know if they are for sale and what is the price????

    Mary C Rose says:
  • went to their website and sent a message requesting length-of-build and pricing. i’ll return if they contact me.

    had to give a phone # or the email form does not work. i gave them a fake 555 #. last thing i need is some italian calling me when it’s 11am there and 4am here.

    misteradiant says:

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