At nearly 200 years old, the simple bicycle is still a complex design challenge that many have used for testing the limits of materials, processes, and design – particularly in the more recent age of digital fabrication.

Although the two-wheeled frame design has remained largely unchanged during this time, developments made from both large companies and independent makers have significantly improved upon the riding experience – whether it’s for racing, urban riding, or even a combination of both.

More recently, Italian product designer Paolo de Giusti combined characteristics found in a velodrome racing bikes with those found on a standard cruiser with his 36/28 Postale prototype.

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With its velodrome race-sized 36-inch rear wheel and a “normal-sized” 28-inch front wheel, the Postale corrects a riders ergonomic position moe than a traditional bike is capable of while simultaneously keeping the rider in a more “aggressive” race stance.

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Although this first Postale “soft” prototype was constructed using a combination of 3D printed ABS plastic and PVC tubing, it was built around the premise that a commercial frame could follow a similar 3D printed design, albeit one made from titanium and carbon fiber.

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Could this be the new best way to run errands on a sunny Saturday morning? Sure – why not?

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.