This DIY wooden bike is an open source design that makes you think about a sustainable lifestyle!
This plywood bike was created with the goal of getting more people to focus on sustainability. The open source design is called ‘Openbike’ and despite the obvious problems with a plywood bike, it is still an affordable and lightweight alternative for those who want to live on a budget but are also environmentally conscious. You can download the files to build your own bike here!
âIt’s not about bicycles! Open your eyes, it’s about you, your attitude towards the future. Do you think that the pollution of cities will go away on its own? Do you think traffic jams are caused by others? reads the Openbike website which makes the design mission statement very clear – they don’t claim to offer durability or a thief-proof bike, but rather change your take on affordability and durability.
The multidisciplinary Spanish design studio wants to reduce carbon emissions in cities by empowering people with technology. That’s why they created Openbike so that files can be downloaded and made by anyone in the world. They’ve been prototyping since 2017, and the final version can be used by anyone, incorporates storage racks to transport goods, and uses simple construction from widely available materials like standard plywood.
Architects Raquel Ares and IÃ±aki Albistur said: âIt is a manifesto on sustainable urban planning, urban transport, distributed manufacturing, shared knowledge, community and responsible use of resources, which materializes in the design a non-polluting urban transport, the bicycle, which can be manufactured by its own use in the city where it will be used.
To make the bike, you need to download the designs from their website. Then you can take the drawings to a local digital fabrication shop where the CNC machine cuts the bike body out of plywood and uses 3D printing for things like the saddle, front hub, and grips which could also be recycled from old bikes based on available resources.
The build files for Openbike are licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 license, allowing designs to be improved, modified, made and shared again by anyone across the world, making this a truly accessible design that just does to improve. Based on these open design principles, ArquimaÃ±a encourages further development based on the use of local resources but with appropriate global techniques and tools – this way each bike is a bit unique, localized but can also be put on a global scale according to its characteristics.
The objective is to empower citizens as agents of transformation, putting technology at their service and favoring local production with local resources, which generates active and productive cities, looking to the future from an ecological perspective. , trying to minimize carbon emissions. The project is part of the global fab city initiative, which challenges cities to produce whatever they consume by 2054!
Openbike hopes to provide citizens with the means necessary to manufacture themselves a means of non-polluting urban transport, the bicycle. The project is not really about the bike itself, but rather the idea that people should think about how they can contribute to a better and more sustainable future.