Scott S. Shim, an assistant professor in the Purdue College of Liberal Arts, along with students Ryan Lightbody and Matt Grossman have won the 9th International Bicycle Design Competition in Taiwan, according to this press release. (Unfortunately, the web site isn’t going to win any design awards.)
“None of us had ever designed a bicycle before, so we thought we might be able to approach the competition from a fresh angle,” said Grossman, who graduates this spring. “This in itself was pretty motivating. One thing I love about the design process is that you eventually become a mini-expert on whatever it is you’re designing through research and lots of brainstorming.”
I find the two spoke wheels a little…concerning. Have none of these folks ever seen how destructive toddlers can be?