Svepa Bike : Combination of Plywood and Aluminum Creates Elegant Bike

Svepa bike is made up of unique combination of plywood and aluminum giving an elegant and eye-catching look to the bike. This innovative design of Par Blanking from Sweden is a multi purpose bicycle. It can be used as a normal bicycle or used by two people. One person as easily sits on the back seat and other person can stand on the rear footboard. The wheels also differ in size to make a balance. The smart use of a metal framework topped by plywood panels in this bicycle has come up as the most practical design you would have ever seen.

svepa bike

svepa bike


Text from designer :
The bike is designed taking eco-commuting to the next level. The research and prototyping was built upon cleaning (fishing bikes from) the river Po’ in Turin, Italy, to get material for the first prototype. Cheap and as fast as possible. In the same time it directed the project towards the “No Oil” manifest and the integration of nature and it’s material in the bike. Laminated wood and aluminium was chosen for the frame. This gave the bike chock-absorbing character, and integrated fenders into the frame. The bike has it target among a hi-end, trend sensitive public, looking for fun while commuting short distance. You can carry a second passenger behind you, and the “surf deck” between pedals and front fender allows you to use it as a kick-bike. Very useful crossing streets and in crowded places were pedaling is difficult or even dangerous.

svepa bike

svepa bike

svepa bike

svepa bike

svepa bike

svepa bike

Designer : Pär Blanking


6 thoughts on “Svepa Bike : Combination of Plywood and Aluminum Creates Elegant Bike

  1. I have several questions, which may seem silly to some real designers of You:

    1: where are lights in this bike?
    2: how do you move saddle up, to fit it to your needs?
    3: isn’t this “floor” too low? it seems as if it may smash on first pavement.
    4: made of wood.. very “eco”, realy …
    5: cheap – tell me what is the cost of cutting aluminium frame in several places to bend it, than weld it, grind it, finaly – paint it! And there are only such weird shaped elements! no typical shapes! Believe me, this is far from being cheap.
    6: any brakes? (ok it can be combined with pedals) so maybe some hooter?
    7: is this saddel ergonomical.

    This seems to be very short distance bike…

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  4. The bicycle frame lecks any stiffness, it's not capable of big sideways forces created by the cyclist. So the frame can't handle any torque. The floor from the bicycle it too low to the ground and will cause accidents. It's not a matter of if but when. When the pedal is in the down position it should at least be 15 cm above the ground for instance if you have to make a sharp turn. I ones had an accident when a pedal hit the ground. I was at full speed and made a full salto while sitting on the bike. It was a scarry experience!

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