Bikes

Bella on Wheels

A pedal-powered Pininfarina with a prewar pedigree.  A collaboration between the Italian bicycle manufacturer 43 Milano and coachbuilder Pininfarina (pininfarina.com), the Pininfarina Fuoriserie pays tribute to the marque’s formative years in the 1930s. Battista “Pinin” Farina, who founded his carrozzeria in 1930 (the family’s surname was changed to Pininfarina in 1961), created custom bodywork for Alfa Romeos, […]

Design Portfolio: Truss Fun

About 15 years ago, David Jensen—a civil-engineering professor at Brigham Young University—invented IsoTruss, a sturdy, three-dimensional, open-lattice structure made from a lightweight composite of Kevlar and carbon fiber. The potential applications of IsoTruss, which derives its name from the isosceles-triangle-shaped trusses that form the latticework, range from freeway pillars to cell-phone towers to aircraft fuselages. […]

FrontRunners: City Slick

Built for comfortable city commuting, but not at the expense of performance or style, the Budnitz Bicycles Model No. 5 (www.budnitzbicycles.com) is a step-through design made of titanium, which is strong and lightweight and will not rust. Budnitz also offers a version made of chromoly steel. The titanium model has a starting price of $4,800 […]