14 July 2008

The Buddy Bike for Filmmakers

The Film Bike
My mates at Baisikeli borrowed a custom-made bike used in film shoots for possible usage in a Canadian tv-crew that Copenhagenize.com/Copenhagen Cycle Chic are hosting this week. They're doing a documentary on sustainability that includes Copenhagen. I'm trying to get them to film by bike so we'll see what they say to this Buddy Bike. It's a custom-made bike for use in the Danish film and tv industry.

One steers the bike and the and the cameraman shoots from the buddy seat, while helping to pedal. He has handlebars, too, but they don't move. They're only for resting on. There is a front rack for gear and the camera can also be placed in the middle of two handlebars for stabilisation or resting.
The Film Bike
What a cosy ride. This bike is perfect for The Slow Bicycle Movement. We were discussing how it can be used in other ways. Among the ideas were a footbath on the front rack, a bucket of ice filled with beer, etc.

Any other good ideas for The Slow Bicycle concept? How could we use this bike for maximum slowness and cosiness?

The Film Bike


Fritz said...

Now *that* is cool.

For those wondering, many cycling videos showing closeups of riders in action (even fixed gear fan videos) are shot from scooters or mopeds and even motorcycles.

Bluefish said...

Yay for Canadian TV crew! Do you happen to know where they are from? My city has nice bicycle paths along the river, and now they're trying to build paths in downtown.

Cyclingred said...

It makes sense that a tv documentary on bicycling should be shot using bicycles.

An unrelated question.

How common is it in Copenhagen for a cyclist to be verbally assaulted by a automobile driver?

George Darroch said...

A lovely bike. Looks like it could do with some love though!

Fritz said...

In many nations outside of the Americas, bikes are just part of traffic. Road rage especially a North American phenomenon.

Even in the US verbal assault isn't necessarily "common." In 20 years of utilitarian bike riding in the U.S. (and doing the stuff that Mikael thinks is insane like taking the lane), I'd have jerks yell something incomprehensible maybe once or twice a year, out of a few hundred bike rides during the year.

cycle chick said...

I never tried it, and I ride my bike every day. But I am a responsible rider and obey the rules of traffic like most people here. The few people that don't will get a raised fist or a mumbled insult thrown their way.
I myself verbally assaulted a driver once though, but only because he slammed his door into me which caused me to fall. He was dreadfully sorry and gave me his number and paid for my bike to be repaired and for a new pair of pantyhose. I drove away from the scene still cursing at him and only when I turned the corner did I start to cry :-)

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for the comments. i'm still in holiday mode.

disputes between cyclists and motorists are not unheard of, but they certainly can't compare to the road rage of which you speak.

if you take it easy, like most cyclists here do, you're not likely to experience it. the episodes i've seen usually involve cylists who are riding fast and have an 'i own the road' attitude.

Zakkaliciousness said...

like i've said before, in Copenhagen, the motorist next to you is most likely a cyclist, too.

Fritz said...

The current issue of Momentum Magazine has an article on "Road Rage". Some interesting quotes:

"They are conditioned by popular culture to see cars as symbols of freedom, yet city driving is a slow-motion trap that subjects drivers to constant restrictions on their movement. Drivers are thwarted from enjoying the promise of motion by traffic lights, by congestion – and yes, by cyclists – and they suffer the natural but impossible desire to escape and move forward. All this while being strapped to their seats! That’s where the frustration begins. But drivers carry with them a load of cultural baggage that gets them even more cranked."

“The symbolic portrayal of the car has tied it to individual freedom and self-esteem, promoting a mental attitude of defensiveness and territoriality.”

Zakkaliciousness said...

man, that is interesting, fritz.

hzm1016 said...

I don't want to disappoint anyone, but that is not exactly "custom-made". It is almost identical to one that belongs to a friend of mine; the differences that I can see are (1) my friend's is a 5-speed, and (2) it does not have a bracket for the front basket. Here are a couple of URLs for video and stills of us riding it:



Zakkaliciousness said...

boy, was I ever misinformed! Urban legends are powerful... thanks for straightening that out!