Feats per minute: a bike and recordplayer combined vehicle
What if you would be able to generate music by the simple act of riding your bike?
24 OCTOBER 2011, AMSTERDAM
SummaryIt all started with a dream: what if you would be able to bike to work, while playing music on your wheels? Three Dutch designers based in Amsterdam decided to investigate this idea further and developed a bike and record player combined vehicle that allows you to play music while biking through the city. Feats per minute was revealed on the 9th of october 2011 on the Dezeen platform in London and is traveling all over the world ever since.
The first prototype was build in a month. And yes it was pretty difficult, but loads of fun…. the idea is pretty simple; basicly, a wheel and dynamo work the same way as a record player. But it was not as easy as it looked.
A 30 year old bike was changed into a lefty bike; the forfork was blocking the possibility to change the records. A construction was build to support the weight and had to be strong enough for people to ride on it. The biggest challenge of all was to make sure that the needles would stick to the record and follow the grooves, without skipping too much. Therefor two vertical record players were taken apart, and explored how they worked. The designers wanted the bike to be as low tech as possible; that’s why the only “extra” energy used was a 9 volt battery to support the amplifier. In order for the records to run smoothly, the crank of the bike and the chain were changed. After that, a horn was build, to get some extra volume, and the whole bike was sprayed black. Sponsors like bikestores, handy people and DJ’s turned this dream into reality...
The Future of the Feats
Feats per minute is a dream in progress; a prototype. From now on we will continue to develop it further and make sure that within a short period of time, every city will have at least one Feats per minute biking around.
We will also try to press or own vinyl records, so keeping the right speed will be a little less difficult.
DJ's will be asked to share their favorite records and maybe even mix some music on the bike, while riding it.
Feats per minute was created by
Liat Azulay, Concept Designer and Art Director
Merel Slootheer, Product designer and Goldsmith
Pieter Frank de Jong, Graphic Designer and Illustrator
Vincent Beijersbergen & Jeffry Sol
Liat Azulay, Merel Slootheer, Pieter Frank de JongDesigners from Amsterdam
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About Feats per minute
What if you would be able to generate music by the simple act of riding your bike? A simple thought that turned into a real bike, within a month. Feats per minute is a working prototype, designed by Liat Azulay, Merel Slootheer and Pieter Frank de Jong and created with a lot of help from Jeffry Sol and Vincent Beijersbergen. And we will continue to develop it further...