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. 3d Modeler Artist Gianluca Gimini goes on to explain his project and concept:

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.

Product designer Gianluca Gimini has capitalized on the limited abilities of non-drawers in order to create Velocipedia, his wonderful, six-year-long rendering project. He goes on to render the sketches to a somewhat hilarious and comical effect, as you can see from his designs below.

RoselbaBike MassimoBike MartinoBike LessonderBike LeonardoBikeLeeBike GiorgiaBike FiorenzaBike FedericoBike Annabike Anna2bike

Some of these actually look pretty imaginative and could be pretty well conceptualized. And to be clear Gimini, for his part, is not mocking these people’s work, but appreciating it.

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.


All images © Gianluca Gimini. To see more of his work visit his website or his facebook page.

About The Author

Ethelyn Brye is an award-winning author and blogger. Growing up in Switzerland and influenced by renowned Swiss design and a lot of fresh mountain air, she attended and completed design studies in Geneva. Post graduation she moved to Washington State to work for a design firm, but her love of writing brought her to Cyanosaur. She's highly interested in strategy rpgs, mountain climbing, board games with friends and skiing. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her lovely cat Armstrong.

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