the grey electric bicycle by philip crewe the grey electric bicycle by philip crewe
jan 10, 2013

the grey electric bicycle by philip crewe

‘the grey electric bicycle’ by philip crewe



staying true to the sprit of two-wheeled transportation, ‘the grey electric’ assisted bicycle by UK based designer philip crewe is a utilitarian alternative for enjoyable cycling. conceptually, the bike references personal mobility vehicles from the first half of the twentieth century such as the motobecane mobylette and philips panda. these simple two wheeled vehicles were designed at a time of much experimentation and innovation, and brought mobility and freedom to millions.


aesthetically dominated by its 48v 20ah battery placed as low as possible to the ground, the bespoke double structure enables the volume of the battery and motor to sit more comfortably by adding depth and moving it away from the largely two-dimensional feel of traditional framework. a hardwearing, breathable and waterproof fabric bag covers the electric components, protecting them from the elements. the saddle is made from the same fabric, its shaped to be comfortable both when peddling and moving solely on electric power.
birchply panels, steam bent mudguards and a detachable wooden rack completes a sense of timeless familiarity and help build on a sense of craftsmanship. whilst the bar ends made from champagne corks add a whimsical touch.



covered battery pack



 the grey electric bicycle by philip crewe









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  • Love it! Real clever design. And I’ll drink to my handlebars tonight.

    Robin says:
  • Beautiful, but, can I move the saddle up and down?

    davide says:
  • . . . maybe it’s order-made. . . (- . -;

    chighug says:
  • friend,

    Congratulations cyclists of Brazil.

    Vanderlei Torroni says:
  • I like it very much. presumably that frame can be very stiff and give a low centre of gravity, as long as you accept it as a comparatively heavywight, load-carrying bike. certainly looks a lot better than my alu-framed beast.
    I would have thought this an ideal candidate for adding a drive system that utilises the bike’s gears, i.e. not a hub motor, the frame creates enough space around the bottom bracket to do that.

    dave says:
  • This is incredibly charming. I like its lack of ‘design pretension’. Don’t hate me for that comment.
    There is just something right about this though. It looks simple although one knows that it is not.
    What town was that shoot in?

    Ron Smith says:

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