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'Kickstarting' the K15 Bamboo and Recycled Aluminum E-Bike

| 7/15/2015 12:03:00 PM

In 2013, architect Bill McDonough and his collaborator, chemist Michael Braumgart, published the sequel to Cradle to Cradle. With the forward by President Bill Clinton, the thesis behind The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability: Designing for Abundance is that the possibility exists to design materials and products so that — rather than ending in up in a landfill somewhere — discarded products can become the feedstock for new goods and services when their useful lives are complete.

In Upcycle, you “think of every component of your design as being borrowed. It will be returned one day to the biosphere or technosphere. It is your role to return it in as good a condition as you found it, as a good neighbor would.”

Finding an Electric Motor for Bicycles

That idea intrigued me and I carried it around in the back of my mind. Around the same time, I came across a small startup in Milan, Italy, that was developing an all-in-one electric motor for bicycles.

Unlike the more famous “Copenhagen” wheel, the ZeHus BIKE+ motor was amazingly compact, fitting the 250-watt electric motor and 160-watt-hour lithium battery, along with Bluetooth transceiver and a trio of sensors into a 3.2-kg package. I tracked down and chatted with one of the developers via Skype and started following their progress over the next year and a half.

2/8/2016 7:04:32 PM

The website for this bicycle features THREE cyclists riding without helmets. SHAME ON MOTHER for promoting this product developed by some one oblivious to basic safety! If the developer exhibits such a sheer lack of understanding about cycling, then one must wonder about the performance of every other feature of this product.

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