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From author's website, context for picture above and project as a whole:



You might have noticed there’s something wrong with this bike. Or you might have not.

This bicycle is missing a very important part of its frame and it would immediately break if it actually existed and someone tried to ride it.
Let me explain everything from the beginning:
back in 2009 I began pestering friends and random strangers. I would walk up to them with a pen and a sheet of paper asking that they immediately draw me a men’s bicycle, by heart.
Soon I found out that when confronted with this odd request most people have a very hard time remembering exactly how a bike is made. Some did get close, some actually nailed it perfectly, but most ended up drawing something that was pretty  far off from a regular men’s bicycle.
Little I knew this is actually a test that psychologists use to demonstrate how our brain sometimes tricks us into thinking we know something even though we don’t.
I collected hundreds of drawings, building up a collection that I think is very precious. There is an incredible diversity of new typologies emerging from these crowd-sourced and technically error-driven drawings. A single designer could not invent so many new bike designs in 100 lifetimes and this is why  I look at this collection in such awe.


An interesting social experiment related to design.


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More here: http://www.gianlucagimini.it/prototypes/velocipedia.html


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On 4/15/2016 at 9:22 AM, Delayed Penalty said:


It's missing a cross tube between the pedals and rear axle. This is one of the examples of someone who almost knows what a bicycle looks like. Most are much worse!


Yep, those tubes are called the chainstays.




Favourite part of this was going thru each bike and figuring out the way it would structurally fail. I think the Celeste-coloured cruiser is the only one that might work. Definitely would not want to go over a pothole with it.



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