Joel Beeby | Design
Joel Beeby
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Velopost

Velopost

 

The State of Housing in San Francisco

238 sq. ft.

$1870

/mo

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shared households

+14.4%

2007-2010

Car- free households

30%

in 2010

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Price per square foot

+21%

y-o-y

My roommate's cordoned-off "room" in Los Angeles, recently named the city with the least affordable housing in the US. Stymied by traffic, Angelenos have started turning to cycling to get around.

My roommate's cordoned-off "room" in Los Angeles, recently named the city with the least affordable housing in the US. Stymied by traffic, Angelenos have started turning to cycling to get around.

 

owning a bike is easier Than owning a car

...and more and more people are doing it! But when you're living in a tiny apartment (which you don't own), how can you store your precious bike? Drilling holes in the wall is costly and often not allowed in rental properties; and owning a big, clunky bike rack makes it hard to move -- especially when you have to get it home from the shops on a bicycle. What is the storage solution for the urban cyclist?

 
 

Form Inspiration

Benchmarking

Rich wood texture but difficult to transport.

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Infinitely adjustable and simple construction. Doesn't compliment your decor.

Strikingly beautiful but requires holes in the wall and only straight tube frames.

 

Collaborative Iteration

 

Quick sketching and modeling with weekly Skype reviews. As the product developed from simply a bike rack, the needs of a bike owner became clear and defined the requirements of the project., and how those determinations would affect the final scope of the project.

Requirements identified during ideation:

  1. Must easily collapse and pack
  2. Must blend bicycle and home aesthetics
  3. Must store two bikes and gear
  4. Cannot rely on wall attachment
  5. Must be adjustable for bikes of various sizes/shapes
 
 

Velopost

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The bicycle storage solution for urban dwellers. It comes in a compact, wearable pack and assembles into a 2-bike rack with only two screws. Better yet, the pack can be used to store your cycling goodies -- pumps, helmets, lights; and can hang from the rack. The painted bent steel of the arms and legs match your bike while wood accents match your home, bridging the world between your bicycle and your dwelling. Let your bike become a centerpiece while keeping your space neat and tidy. Don't worry about that steel scratching up your paint -- wooden inserts gracefully rise out of the arms to greet your bike frame. Also, two accessory hooks keep your shoes and helmet off the floor.

The hooks and arms attach into two slotted rails which run up the sides of the rack. These slots allow for almost infinite adjustability of the rack's hardware. Whether you have a women's frame or 29" wheels, Velopost is designed to adapt to many different sizes and styles of bicycle.

 

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Built of walnut or birch, Velopost is customized to fit any environment.  Four different paint schemes are a fun accent to any space, and can even match your bike's paint color. Cost is kept low by using standard double-slot adjustable rails (made less noticeable by being angled toward the wall) and CNC cut sheet-stock powder-coated steel. The wooden post is also CNC milled for a precise, snug fit. 

The Bag

Velopost transports easily in a reusable cloth bag.  Just sling it over your shoulder and it's an easy ride home. Once you've set up Velopost, the bag can hang on the hooks, providing ample storage for helmets, bike pumps, shoes, etc.