Eugene Tan’s Dandy at ARTEFACT

There is nothing simple about this bicycle. This is an experience of its own which will force you to indulge in comfortably riding. The design is by Eugene Tan, and you can check it out at ARTEFACT, an exhibition of product design works by the Class of 2015, NTU School of Art, Design & Media (Major in Product Design).

Eugene about his project …

With Singapore’s population growth over the years, transport systems have been tested to their limits, seeing increased cases of breakdowns. Solutions perhaps could be found overseas where countries with established cycling culture, successfully rent bikes to ease congestion while going green at the same time. The Dandy Project therefore seeks to investigate the feasibility of a bike sharing system within NTU, starting with terrain specific bicycle designs.

Research
The usage of bike escalators installed at the sides of the hills to sling riders up hill for more convenience. This idea was initiated in parts of Europe will hilly terrain yet was still successful in encouraging the cleaner mode of transport, cycling. With the introduction of the bike escalators along these grueling terrain to cycle up, it not only makes going up hill a breeze but would also mean that once the cyclist is up there, he or she could practically cruise down hill to anywhere else in campus.

Goal
Having this opportunity to throw aside conventional design and reconstruct a bike from the ground up, it is essential that every single aspect be specifically chosen to live up the expectations of a sharing bike in campus. Components would have to be designed with each other in mind, ensuring that their key roles do not hinder one another. The final outcome of the campus bike would then have to be able to meet these requirements as listed below. The solution eventually came in a form of a swivel chair with its pneumatic adjustment pump. The pump was able to solve the intuitive and highly adjustable issue while adding the extra benefit of absorbing road vibrations and also eliminates the need of a seat post hence eliminating the problem of it every getting stolen. A new seat post design has been thoroughly thought through to be able to accommodate the three main issues of high adjustability to fit 95% of the population, intuitive adjustability as well as eliminating the need for a seat post, increasing its anti-theft abilities. The parallelogram structure was then added to ensure that the seat post is always horizontal to the ground, thus delivering the most commonly comfortable saddle position for any height of riders.”

Frame Design
The initial design took a minimalist approach to let the function control the form of the bicycle. The main aim was still to allow the bike to be built to incorporate the rear parallelogram while keeping the pneumatic pump hidden within the frame and out of sight. Upon further development, lighter materials and newer production processes were being looked into for the final design. To produce a highly complicated form for the campus bike, the ideal process of manufacturing would therefore be hydroforming aluminum. Adding the faceted designs to the frame not only adds aesthetics to the frame but it also where form meets function and serves to strengthen the frame.”

ARTEFACT  runs until 27 September at the National Design Centre.

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