Local by fuseproject

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Local bicycle by fuseproject

Despite living in hilly San Francisco, designer Yves Behar of fuseproject has created a tricycle for local living.

Local bicycle by fuseproject

Called Local, the cycle has two wheels at the front with a platform in between for transporting shopping, sports equipment, children or anything else you might want to move around the neighbourhood.

Local bicycle by fuseproject

Locks and lights are integrated in the frame, plus detachable extra pockets and straps.

Local bicycle by fuseproject

Other recent projects by fuseproject include a special grater for pure cacao, the Jambox wireless speaker and a fruit-shaped device for changing the TV channel.

Local bicycle by fuseproject

fuseproject developed the bike as part of the Oregon Manifest Design Bike challenge, where it was tested this weekend.

Local bicycle by fuseproject

Watch an interview that we filmed with Behar in Milan on Dezeen Screen.

Local bicycle by fuseproject

Check out our ten most popular stories about cycling here.

The information below is from fuseproject:


LOCAL is a neighborhood bike, all you need to get around or transport stuff, perfect to enjoy a local self-powered life.

We have been thinking, designing and refining this bike for months, in search for the perfect mode of transportation to do everything in our local neighborhood.

The project emerged out of The Oregon Manifest design challenge, and brings together a collaboration between a custom bike builder and a global design houses to rethink bicycle design for a new generation. fuseproject partnered with local bike builder, Sycip, to create the ultimate utility bicycle.

The fuseproject bicycle is named LOCAL. At its core, LOCAL is just that: the perfect Neighborhood bike. With our LOCAL, we visit friends down the street; we ride to shops in the vicinity such as our favorite hardware store, we drop-off the kids at the school nearby, we grab a picnic and take the whole family (including surfboards) to the beach.

Over the years, as our lives have become more complicated and full of stuff to take to work or play, our traditional bicycles became less practical. So we designed the LOCAL to address the needs of our daily lives... and to bring back the fun of riding around the neighborhood.

LOCAL is the bike version of the practical pick-­up truck: transportation you can live with – it’s utility and function isn’t limited to carrying a laptop or a sixpack. The sturdy, flexible front platform carries the groceries, surfboards, lumber and kids creating an ideal vehicle for a self-­powered life. Inspired by the pick-­up truck, a uniquely American vehicle that roamed the countryside in the same way that the LOCAL bike roams the streets. This is not a specialized commuter getting you from point A to B, it’s a real workhorse that you can use for nearly anything.

For all who have wanted to use a bike for their daily lives and have considered the concept too impractical, we focused on designing a useful tool for a local life, not just fulfilling the needs of one type of individual or grafting on to an existing bike. To address those needs we challenged the existing definition of the “cargo bike”. Existing cargo bikes are large and heavy, or extended front designs that are intimidating to new riders and potentially disconcerting for carrying precious cargo like kids or pets.

To realize this idea, we solved for load placement, steering options, ways to secure all kinds of cargo and relieve the hassles usually associated with taking a bike out for the day. We integrated some key elements in the bike: locking, lighting, bags and even music with our wireless JAMBOX speaker! These are things that we would otherwise have to carry separately, but now LOCAL has a place for each. Finally, for a safe, easy and clean grease‐free experience, we are using a Shimano "Alfine" internal hub with 11 gears with front and rear hydraulic disk brakes.

So go ahead and explore your neighborhood, we are doing the same with ours. And if we find cool stuff out there, now we can always bring it home with us on our LOCAL.

  • edward

    Brilliant! Except for the saddle (seat) : it's one of THOSE torture devices. Back to the drawing board kids.

    • Adam

      If I'm not mistaken, that might be a Brooks saddle, one of the most comfortable seats you can put on any bike. Made of leather, it eventually conforms and fits to your butt.

      The trike is lovely in design, although having a surfboard between my legs might not be the most comfortable thing to have.

      • edward

        Brooks…leather… yes, redolent of olde English craftsmanship. But I would think a Bontrager would be more effective.

  • amisal

    it looks nice but i would like to test it first, i think that it's going to have problem turning off.

  • mir

    bikes like that have existed in the netherlands for years, nothing new except the fancy colors.

    • michael

      word! and they where build in 1930!
      that fancy textile is going to look shit after two weeks in the rain and also it looks like you could have had a bigger loading area then he offers. normal dutch housewives have more loading area on two wheels…

    • Len

      or Christianiabikes in DK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701705001 Aum Yachantha

    full option Bike !!!

  • dubya

    The front fenders look totally useless, and the back one is a bit short as well. Are there no puddles in SF?

    • JJJJJ

      It's "hilly" in SF, so maybe the only puddle is the Pacific :)

  • Philippe

    If you really use a bicycle, then, you never want to design with white color for tires.
    Also the wires who are not going inside the frame are really a bad detail, and this mix or orange and leather straps, is totally opportunist fashionable detail, who bring nothing at the end.
    You'll never see people on this bike in Holland, that's true.
    Marketing is not design.

  • okocicle

    You have to see Carryo Project… is like this, but all whole Orange Cargobike… amazing!
    http://okocicle.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/carryo-2

    Cheers from Madrid.

    Carlo.

  • Wadi

    …and where does the surfboard has space next to the crank and pedal???

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk/ Nick Austin

    Surely with the extra wheel and frame you just have more weight to drag up SF's hills
    Far more appropriate would be a Shelby Mustang.

  • http://www.adulttricyclesoutlet.com/ John Miller

    What a grand way to explore the neighborhood on your LOCAL tricycle. Looks suitable for many uses.

  • Carlos

    Cool, but looks way too expensive.