Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sandwichbike Flat-Pack Wooden Bicycle Goes Into Production



A flat-pack wooden bicycle that can be assembled in less than an hour has gone into production (+ slideshow).

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

PedalFactory claims the Sandwichbike can be unpacked and put together in just 45 minutes. "If you can make a sandwich, you can make a Sandwichbike," the company declares.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

The single-speed bike is constructed from 19 parts that are packaged and delivered in a box along with the tools required to assemble it.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

The frame is made from panels of weatherproofed beech plywood and is held together by milled aluminium cylinders.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

Stainless steel spokes sit within the 26-inch tyres. The completed model weighs 17 kilograms.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

Pedalfactory was co-founded by designer Basten Leijh, who originally developed the bike with his Amsterdam design studio Bleijh for the 2006 International Bicycle Design Competition in Taiwan.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

The bikes are now available to order and the first deliveries in Europe will coincide with the official launch event, taking place in Amsterdam on Sunday. International orders will be dispatched early next year.

Read on for more details from the designers:

Product launch Sandwichbike: innovative designer bike now in production

The Sandwichbike will be launched in Amsterdam on Sunday 1 December 2013. This innovative wooden bicycle that already drew unprecedented attention worldwide in the design stage is now being shipped.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

After a period of extensive research and development the bicycle has now gone into production. The Sandwichbike can be delivered worldwide from December 1, 2013 onwards. The prototype was recently exhibited at various fairs and websites and was an instant hit among bicycle lovers and design.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

The Sandwichbike is a unique product on all fronts: material, design and production method. Its distinctive frame is composed of two weatherproof beech wood panels. Its advanced production technology makes self-assembly easy while a high quality standard is maintained.

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory

Postal package

The bicycle is flat packed in a box containing the parts as well as all the tools needed. This creates a great unpacking experience. For enthusiasts, putting the bicycle together is part of the charm and the logistical benefits are huge as this enables worldwide delivery. Anyone from Amsterdam to Honolulu can receive a Sandwichbike by post.

Assembling a Sandwichbike is easy and takes less than an hour. "If you can make a sandwich, you can make a Sandwichbike."

Sandwichbike by PedalFactory


The Sandwichbike is a Pedalfactory B.V. product. Co-founder Basten Leijh (also: Bleijh Industrial Design Studio) designed and developed this bicycle. Leijh is an expert on bicycle design and innovation. Among many other product innovations Leijh developed a city-bicycle that could be locked by twisting the handlebars.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

DroidCon India 2013 Kicks off with Beginner’s workshop !


I am attending Droidcon 2013 in Bangalore, India. At the beginner’s android workshop began today at 9am at Thoughtworks offices in Koramangala, Bangalore. I must say, I already feel charged, a very enthusiastic crowd, and three over excited trainers.