Moof by Sjoerd Smit for Areaware

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New York design brand Areaware have launched Moof, an aluminium bicycle by Dutch designer Sjoerd Smit that features built-in solar-powered lights.

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Here's some details from Areaware:

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Designed in Amsterdam, MOOF’s unique aluminum construction houses two solar powered lamps - one to light the way and the other to make you visible from behind.

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This single speed sleek and smooth urban cruiser is both smart and conscientious.

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Bike Weight: 28.5 lbs (13 kg)
Frame: 6061 Series Powder-Coated Rustproof Aluminum
Drive Train: Chain Drive
Wheels: Alloy 28" (71 cm)
Tires: Kenda Cosmos
Lights: Solar powered LED
Brakes: Rear Coaster
Saddle: Adjustable springless leather saddle
Grip: Semi-leather
Weight Limit: 264 lbs (120 kg)
Height Limit: 5’10" - 6’6" (179cm - 200cm)

Available for pre-order.
Approximate ship date: 25/4/2009

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Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 6:26 pm by Rachael Sykes. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • modular

    What a nice bike it is…

  • http://miasto-masa-maszyna.blogspot.com miasto-masa-maszyna

    what does it mean “solar-powered LED”?

  • W

    Amazing, astounding, incredible.

  • http://www.yatzer.com zuy

    aluminum frame houses two solar powered lamps
    why not pedal powered ?

  • http://archipelagoes.blogspot.com/ Tim

    isn’t solar-power technique a little bit complex for what a classic dynamo does in most bicycles? you’d need an accu for storage (considering that you wouldn’t use your light when the sun is shining), volnerable technical solutions… other than that, the bike looks great, though.

  • Touche

    solar-powered? its a bike. Bikes have two wheels. The wheels go around and around. You can attach a turbine a bike. Turbines generate electricity. Turbines do not need earth destroying batteries to store energy.

    I had turbine lamp on my bike when I was a kid (30 years ago!)

  • sr. iranzo

    awwwwwwww crap. i had exactly the same idea of integrating the bike lights on the frame a while ago. should’ve finished the project then.

    looks amazing btw. i want one.

  • http://designllama.blogspot.com/2008/10/plus-bike-by-bortolani-and-righi.html panda

    hey hey looks a lot like the bortolani-and-righi bike.. check it out online .
    except this one looks sturdy enough to be used ;)
    designllama.blogspot.com/2008/10/plus-bike-by-bortolani-and-righi.html

  • b

    solar powered led is quite clever if you ask me
    I have had several mechanical “dynamos”(if that is the correct english word) on my bikes and It is always one of the first things to go..and putting it on the wheel wears down your tubes and makes peddeling harder.
    problem could be that my bike is stored in a dark shed..

    ah well..must have a battery to store daytime solar energy for the night..

  • One

    This bike carries nothing other than himself, that is to say very limited use… The interesting thing of an usual bike is that one can do an object carrying in a very creative manner…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dariusz69 Dariusz

    nice bike, but human-power-making-electricity seems to make a lot more sense though..my first thought

  • ricky roo

    yea but hey michael youngs city storm bike for giant did those light details years ago , infact the first time id seen it ….is it standard detail now

  • http://www.yatzer.com zuy

    ricky
    as young only light details give the “differential design”, is it enought?

  • Nenad

    yeaaah! and with the bike you get a complimentary ventilator cap that can store the wind energy as you ride and it powers your ipod… neah i don’t really get that solar powered led thing, otherwise bycicle looks neat.

  • http://designapplause.com PRand

    This looks a lot like the ” Plus Bike ” by designers Fabio Bortoolani and Ermanno Richi.

    http://designapplause.com/2009/plus-bike/3072/

  • http://miasto-masa-maszyna.blogspot.com miasto-masa-maszyna

    @b
    I have had several mechanical “dynamos”(if that is the correct english word) on my bikes and It is always one of the first things to go..and putting it on the wheel wears down your tubes and makes peddeling harder.

    Look around for thing called “hub dynamo” (or Nabendynamo if you’re in Germany).

    So. Anyone could explain me what does it mean “solar-powered LED” and what’s difference between this magic artifact and electric-powered LED’s I know?

    Also – where are solar cells on this bike? Should I wear them on my back or on helmet? ;-)

    It’s funny how ecology turns to commercial/snob mambo-jumbo like “this device can be powered with solar/wind/water energy”. Like, wow. Every electric device can be. Even 40yo refrigerator.

  • Pony the Trap

    Turn the bars to go around a corner, lights continue to point straight forward…
    As for the near 30lbs for an aluminium-framed single speed; for the love of a good design! A ruddy awful design. How one can utilise one of the lighter materials available for frame design and end up with a bloated beast like this I will never know.

  • http://everythingsarchitecture@wordpress.com Vanyudhistira Silalahi

    very nice…

  • ketan w

    reminds me a old classic, elegant cycle

  • Bart

    As people who ride their bikes in cities (like I do daily in Amsterdam) know, dynamos, cables and lights will eventually brake or be broken of your bike. I think this design is great and hope it will work as good as it looks!

  • http://www.speedstudiodesign.com/images/uploads/ Eric Stoddard

    I went to the Taipei Cycle Show and shot a few photos of this bike. Its very impressive in person. One possible improvement might be an internal chainring like Biomega to add to those clean lines. Its produced by Ming cycles, the same company that makes the Strida. Anyway, here’s some more detail shots on the Moof.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aimelise/3369981404/in/set-72157615658985573/

  • Enrico Bello

    Good morning,
    I live in Italy (Milan) end I like to buy a “MOOF Cycle”.
    Is it possible to Buy it on line? Wich is the price?
    Tank You so much for the informations that you will give me.

    Enrico Bello

  • http://facebook.com/imbaa imbafuji

    so SEXY!!

  • Hương

    I like this bike very much. When will i be able to buy this?

  • Matt

    Awful awful bike. It solves nothing. Integrated lights (integrated in the least elegant way possible) means you are stuffed if the light breaks. No ability to upgrade lights to brighter ones if you needed. It uses a quill style stem/headset which is very old tech. It also weighs 13kg – double my bike!