Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Bicycle Commuter Mini-Golf and Pannier Kit-Steven Carrelli
I am a visual artist, bicycling enthusiast and amateur bike mechanic, and I routinely commute to work and do my shopping by bicycle. As a teenager growing up in northeastern Ohio, I was an avid miniature golfer. I am proposing a design... (that) combines several of my interests: creative problem solving, play, green design and recycling.
Bicycle Commuter Mini-Golf and Pannier Kit
This mini-golf green doubles as a set of functional bicycle panniers, or bicycle bags. The shape of the green was determined by the pattern-shape of the pannier set (much the same way that a single flat piece of cardboard is cut into a shape before being folded to form a box). Key to this design is that the mini-golf green/pannier kit can be assembled and disassembled easily. After use as a mini-golf course the green can be assembled into panniers and used to carry clothes, supplies or groceries. The panniers are designed to be held together with straps and fasteners that attach the bags to a bicycle’s rack, and the bags are held rigid by boxes made of corrugated plastic scavenged from a sign-making business. The panniers could then be disassembled for a game of mini-golf at a later time. Since the hole is a bicycle water bottle and all obstacles on the course are either part of the bike or items that fit into the panniers, the entire course is portable by bicycle. I have developed three pannier designs of three different sizes. The smallest design can be assembled into a modest bike rack trunk and, unfolded, provides a humorously small mini-golf green. The two larger designs provide a pair of panniers or a pannier/rack trunk combination, and they also permit more complex possibilities for obstacles on the green. The green as it is assembled here is actually made up of all three designs combined to form the largest possible green for this event. However, each individual bag could also be used separately.
Steven Carrelli 1634 W. Greenleaf Ave., Chicago, IL 60626 (773) 653 9714 firstname.lastname@example.org
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