Here’s a blast from the past. We made this prototype stainless steel lock mechanism tube back in April for Social Bicycles as part of helping them develop their lock mechanism.

It’s fairly simple, but the accuracy of the features is what makes it work. This is the part that makes it really, really hard to steal one of these bikes.

More Social Bicycles fun at the RUSHdesign shop!

We got in a small order of bikes for modification, and literally had to pile them up on top of the machinery… Thankfully, we will not be having to make these modifications on future production orders of the bike.

This is one part of product design & development that people never seem to get exposed to- the multiple iterations of design-prototype-revise that happen. Things don’t just spring into the world fully-formed! There is a lot of back-and-forth crap that has to happen before you can really work the kinks out. Paradoxically enough, the more simple and elegant a design appears by the time it gets to market, the more work has gone into it.

We’ve been working on this project for over 2 years now. It’s really exciting to be getting so close to having these bikes out amongst the public!

Second build of the SoBi bike controller in progress we should have 4 built by Monday.  Today I am placing all the tiny leadless SMT parts using our in house IR rework station it can do up to 40x40mm BGA’s 

The SoBi boys with one of the first prototype bikes fresh off the boat! Electronics and lock mechanisms are still in production, but the first run of bikes is here in NYC, and they look and ride great!

The SoBi boys with one of the first prototype bikes fresh off the boat! Electronics and lock mechanisms are still in production, but the first run of bikes is here in NYC, and they look and ride great!

Wee! There’s a bike on my mill.

kontraptionist:

There’s a bike clamped to the CNC milling machine… So far probably the most awkward workpiece we’ve ever had to clamp, but not so bad.  This is a prototype bike for the Social Bicycles (SoBi) bike share program. One of the holes for the locking mechanism needs to be opened up a bit, and this was the best way to do it… no, really!

Wee! There’s a bike on my mill.

kontraptionist:

There’s a bike clamped to the CNC milling machine… So far probably the most awkward workpiece we’ve ever had to clamp, but not so bad.  This is a prototype bike for the Social Bicycles (SoBi) bike share program. One of the holes for the locking mechanism needs to be opened up a bit, and this was the best way to do it… no, really!

The first prototype aluminum frame for the new SocialBicycles bike share system. We have been heavily involved in this project since it started, and it’s really come a long way! Look for the system to start showing up in cities and on college campuses (campi?) before 2012.

The first prototype aluminum frame for the new SocialBicycles bike share system. We have been heavily involved in this project since it started, and it’s really come a long way! Look for the system to start showing up in cities and on college campuses (campi?) before 2012.