Starting with the prototype, a new Belgian folding bike goes Ahooga

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike co-founder with the folding bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Ahooga was at the MAD Bike exhibit with other Belgian frame builders – a sign of Belgium returning to the craft.

“You can only get this online right now, but we will open in Brussels soon. This bike was built with my partner’s bare hands. This is a Brussels bike. The prototypes are being built by us. We thought most folding bikes did not address all the problems we identified. We talked about ecology, environment, mobility and so on.  The standard bicycle does tackle that. What they do not tackle is fatigue, weather, sweat, security. So we thought we could do something here. And we have come up with an ultra-lightweight, folding, elegant, one piece folding bike. And a model with electric assistance.

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The pleasures of crafting a noble bike from steel

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Nicolas Noble and his randonneur ride at MAD Bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Custom built for the person and the ride. Noble Cycles on display.

“What pleases me about my craft is to work with steel, with the material. It is difficult to explain. I love to start with nothing and come to the final result. What excites me the most is to have a client and to create something that corresponds perfectly with what they want. It is difficult sometime, but for now, so far so good.”

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MAD Bike thrives with bikes, but fails with mobility

Milk Bullit bike at the MASD Bike exhibit

One small issue with mobile coffee.. “You have to wait for it to heat up.” MAD Bike exhibit had the catering by bike situated caterers, including this Bullit bike coffee machine. Great added value.

The MAD Bike exhibition in Brussels was a mixed event for me. I thrived with the bike aspect, the artisanal frame builders, the Belgium innovation. But the lecture that spearheaded the event was so off base to the audience it was infuriating… The blog entry makes this clear.  Continue reading