Oct 122011
 
Feats per Minute

Who needs an iPod or an iPhone to listen to music when out cycling when you can have this record playing bike.

The bicycle, which plays vinyl records on the wheels while you ride, is the work of Dutch designers Merel Sloother, Liat Azulay and Pieter Frank de Jong.

They designed the bike as part of their Feats per Minute project. The tempo of your bike ride determines the beats per minute you produce, so pop and hip hop records, which are usually between 90 and 130 BPM, should be easy to play at speed while you ride.

The bike contains an amplifier and is supported by a nine volt battery to give the amplifier a sufficient energy boost to play the records out back through the sound horn.

Challenges in the build

“The idea is pretty simple; basically, a wheel and dynamo work the same way as a record player. But it was not as easy as it looks. First, we had to come up with a solution for the wheels; how can we change the records? The forfork was blocking the wheel. That’s why we changed a 30 year old bike into a lefty bike,” the designers said.

“The biggest challenge of all was to make sure that the needles would stick to the record and follow the grooves, without skipping too much.”

Prototype

At the moment the bike is a prototype with the designers looking to hone the design in the future. They told the It’s Nice That website, that their goal for the bike was not mass production, but they wanted to see at least one Feats per Minute in every city.

As it looks now, we think it is a fantastic looking bike and would be a fun item to have at any celebration of the bicycle.

The bike was showcased at Dezeen Space, a pop up gallery in Shoreditch in London, in October.

Video

Pieter has kindly let us know there is a Youtube video of the Feats per Minute bike in action at Dezeen Space.


Photo of the Feats per Minute bike used courtesy of Merel Sloother, Liat Azulay and Pieter Frank de Jong



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  6 Responses to “A bicycle that plays vinyl records”

  1. If it takes standard LP records, you’d not want to speed up for techno or slow down for pop – you’d want to spin the wheel at 33 1/3 RPM always.  Given the article, are we to assume that it takes non-standard records that playback best at different RPMs?
     

  2. records play at 33 1/3 rpm or 45rpm. you do not need to pedal harder for house and techno. the bpm is the speed the reord is recorded at not played.
    btw, hip-hop is around the 90-105bpm mark, house and techno 128-132bpm (generally).
    even dnb tops out around the 190bpm. no music is written at 300bpm (lol). not even breakcore.
     

  3. you should make the peddals spin up a fly wheel to a seed determined by the gears (whuch would actualy be breaks thar regulated the speed of the fly wheel) and then have that power the back wheel so that the record plays at a constant speed

  4. Hi – I’m one of the 250,000 unique visitors due to this story. I’ve signed up so I won’t miss any more – cheers! Rob (London cycle commuter)

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