Finally, here in the Netherlands, we have some nice weather. The winter was maybe the warmest winter ever recorded. So overhere everyone is longing for the end of this season. And today, when you’re in the sun you might even think it’s spring.
With this weather it’s nice to get outside and take your bicycle for a ride. Riding a bicycle is all about technique, safety and enjoying being outside. Safety is very important and one aspect of safety is visibility, especially when it’s dark. And there’s where today’s upcycle design comes in.
Reflectors with original characteristics
Of course you need good lighting on your bicycle, front and back. But what about some extra visibility like reflectors? Well take a look at this very cool and simple ‘Cyclesign‘ by Trent Jansen [interview], a designer based in Sydney | Austalia. During his University years he wanted to create something that was completely sustainable for a re-use project. When he came across a big sheet of aluminium he knew what he wanted to make.
Photos © Alex Kershaw
The Cyclesign is a bicycle reflector made from used road signs. “These road signs come complete with all the characteristics of their previous use, including reflective vinyl labels and the odd evidence of their life by the roadside.”
Cyclesigns are available in two versions, Cyclesign Rear Reflector and Cyclesign Wheel Reflector. “The Wheel Reflector is designed to be easily installed around the spokes in a bicycle wheel, while the Rear Reflector is designed to simply wrap around the seat post or front tube of a bicycle. In keeping with the reused nature of this project, the strap is cut from old bicycle tubes, making the felt padding the only new material used in the manufacture of these reflectors.”
Other great designs made out of road signs are Traffic Sign Furniture and Speed Lights. This shows how great road signs are for creating up cycle design.