By Michael van Vliet | October 12, 2011
Electric bicycles have been gaining a lot of traction recently, but for the most part introducing a dynamo, battery, motor, and gearbox into the design process tends to give them the appearance of a stripped-down space-age moped. Not quite as dorky as a Segway, but not much better. However for those that want to retain that classic town bike look while enjoying the benefits of a modern electric motor, there is now the Faraday bicycle. The Faraday is a collaboration between global design firm IDEO and Santa Cruz frame manufacturer Rock Lobster Cycles. In order to give the bike a clean aesthetic the team designed most of the electric components inside the frame of a traditional bicycle. There is a small green gear box located under the seat and a subtle hub-motor mounted on the front wheel, but other than that, there’s no way to tell it’s an electric.
The electric gear box is tucked underneath the seat.
Front utility rack allows you to attach anything from a basket to baby seat. The front prongs also house internal LED headlights for night riding.
By Michael van Vliet | September 30, 2011
It takes a keen eye and an open mind to see artistic beauty in a rusting motorcycle carcass, but that’s exactly what John Ryland of Classified Moto did when he created the Moto Lamp. This video follows the construction of one of their lamps from start to finish, using recycled parts from a 1976 Kawasaki KZ400. Classified Moto’s main business is the restoration of vintage Japanese motorcycles, but their elegant lamp design was a surprise hit and now they are shipping them all over the world. Rescue some parts from the scrap heap and add a little moto flair to your space with a Classified Moto Lamp.
For more information check out classifiedmoto.com
Video was produced by Mondial Creative Lab
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By Michael van Vliet | September 12, 2011
We’ve been admirers of Airstream trailers for a long time. The iconic aluminum design is both futuristic and vintage all at the same time; a symbol of first-class road travel. There’s something truly majestic about seeing one out on highway, headed off to some distant corner of the country, exploring the limitless expanse of the open road.
Click through for more on Airstream.
By Michael van Vliet | July 12, 2011
While perusing through the DIY mecca Instructables, I came across this modish piece of badassery. A father in England decided to build a sidecar so he could transport his 3-year old son around the local bike paths. This is a huge improvement over the typical rear-mounted seats that offer your kids nothing but a stunning view of your backside. With this setup, they’re out in the thick of it. Give them some aviator goggles and a scarf, and you’ll be off in style.
By Michael van Vliet | June 24, 2011
During the 2007 Writers Strike, Jack Olsen found himself with a bit of time on his hands and he set himself to getting his garage in order. What started as routine decluttering, gradually matured into a complete overhaul. He gave himself a $500 budget and set about creating a retro automotive workshop, a DIYer’s dream. He named it the “12-Gauge Garage” because of the 12-gauge metal cabinets he got from Strong Hold. Much of the material he salvaged, repurposed, or bought from Ikea, however since first starting the project, he’s gone a bit over his initial budget. Floor jacks aren’t cheap!
Check out the full story, and ton more pictures at The Garage Journal
By Michael van Vliet | November 14, 2010
This past weekend we joined Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg for the third incarnation of Pop Up Flea. With a roster of vintage and contemporary vendors, the event aims to be the best men’s store in NYC for the weekend. We had a great time and had the chance to meet a ton of other amazing brands.