Friday, November 13, 2009

Douh!: This bike needs some rethinking

Old Zhang likes to tinker. Sometimes his designs are good. Other times, ... well, they don't seem to work. I'm sure he quickly discovered that bikes with ridiculously long top tubes are cool ..... until you try to ride them!

The funny thing is that I saw a similar frame on the Bikefag blog. Could Old Zhang be a Bikefag fan? Or are great minds thinking alike again?

I do love to see people being whimsical and wacky. It's really something I don't see enough here. I'm probably not looking in the right places. The government is pushing companies to be more creative and innovative. The wise "Marxist" mandarins believe the era of doing labor-intensive OEM processing (taking a bunch of parts designed by and made by foreigners and getting a bunch of migrant workers to snap them together in a sweatshop) is close to being over. It doesn't benefit China much either. Officials love to cite the infamous study about the Barbie doll, which sells for US$10 but the Chinese factory only makes 35 cents from that.

Anyway, it's great to see people tinkering, even though the design isn't completely practical. A few months ago, the local papers had a story about a young self-styled inventor in some village who made a one-man submarine. I love it. Really fantastic. Jia you!!!!!

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