On The Wheels of Steel
The project is called F/P/M – Feats per minute and the people responsible for this prototype are designers Merel Sloother, Liat Azulay and Pieter Frank de Jong from Holland.
“The idea is pretty simple; basically, a wheel and dynamo work the same way as a record player. But it was not as easy as it looks. First, we had to come up with a solution for the wheels; how can we change the records? The forfork was blocking the wheel. That’s why we changed a 30 year old bike into a lefty bike,” the designers said.
“The biggest challenge of all was to make sure that the needles would stick to the record and follow the grooves, without skipping too much.”
The bike has a built in amplifier with a battery and a sound horn at the back. The speed that the records play at depends on your pedalling speed, so if trip-hop is your thing, you can take a leisurely ride, but if you’re into banging techno, you’ll have to use a bit of pedal power.
To find out more about the vinyl playing bike visit the website Feats per minute