|"Does the chain drive the front wheel, or the rear? Oh hell, why not BOTH!"|
|No pedals or chain. But those are some pretty jaunty-looking handlebars.|
I recently spotted this really interesting design project by Gianluca Gimini of Italy on Bēhance. Called Velocipedia, Gimini has collected hundreds of such bicycle memory drawings and then computer-rendered them to look like actual machines.
Here are a couple of samples:
|This 2-wheel drive fatbike looks like it would be a total off-road beast -- IF you could ride it.|
|Un-rideable (or at least un-steerable) but I kind of like the integrated fenders on this front-wheel-drive model.|
|Another un-steerable design - but you've got to love the disc wheels and the little flag.|
"Back in 2009 I began pestering friends and random strangers. I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they draw me a men's bicycle, by heart. Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty far off from a regular men's bicycle."
During the course of this project, Gimini collected 376 drawings from people ranging in age from 3 years old to 88. Although he didn't realize (at least at the beginning) that the Bicycle Drawing Test was an actual psychological test, some of his findings seem to echo those done by more "academic" psychological studies. For instance, "Nearly 90% of the drawings in which the chain is attached to the front wheel, or both to the front and the rear, were made by females. On the other hand, while men generally tend to place the chain correctly, they are more keen to over-complicate the frame when they realize they are not drawing it correctly."
An interesting observation on the project is that the most "unintelligible" drawing, with the most unintelligible handwriting, came not from the 3-yr. old, but from a doctor. Must not have been one of those Serotta-riding doctors I hear so much about.
There is much more to see on Gimini's project page, so I encourage readers to click on over there to check out the collection.