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Knog Wins Victorian Premier's Design Award

19 December 2016 5:35:07 PM AEDT

Knog’s Oi bike bell beat out competition from 9 other category winners, from international architects to global advertising networks, to be hailed as the best piece of Victorian Design of 2016.

Minister of Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “These awards recognise Victorian designers and architects who go beyond the local to influence design thinking internationally”.

oi bell wins premiers design award

Commenting on the overall winner, Celina Clarke, Chair of the Premier’s Design Awards Jury said: “The Oi Bike Bell exemplifies excellence in industrial design and brings together clever manufacturing, smart use of materials and a unique design aesthetic that sets it apart from other products in its class”.

Another source revealed that Knog’s Oi won by a “country mile”, recognising the combination of simplicity, precision and elegance brought to an otherwise forgotten problem – that traditional bike bells don’t complement a bike’s aesthetics.

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Bells are the first thing you unscrew from your new bike” explains Knog CEO Hugo Davidson. “What if a bell looked great and sounded even better? If it was discreet, but really stood out through elegant design. With Oi, we have appealed to a breadth of personalities and riding styles without compromising any”.

Although Davidson himself designed the concept, his acceptance speech focused on the entire Knog team that brought the bell to life, and to market. Particularly Chris Bilanenko, the lead designer on the project.

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Posted in Oi Bell By Knog

Be Safe, Be Seen

6 December 2016 3:01:36 PM AEDT

The number one rule of safe cycling – be visible. Our Melbourne-based team of creatives and engineers design the essentials you need so you can enjoy the open road safely. As recognised leaders in cycling safety, we were recently featured in an article for NSW Compensation Lawyers on the best ways to protect yourself while on two wheels.

'Protect yourself with these cycling safety tips' is full of great advice from leaders in the cycling industry and we highly recommend you check it out.

Because only if passing vehicles can see you will they be able to avoid you. There is one easy way you can easily increase your chances of being seen and being safe!

be seen on the road

 

Use Safety Lights

The first rule of thumb to cycling safety is that even if the sun’s shining, you should still use a good set of lights. Early in the morning and late afternoons are when most cycling accidents occur in Australia; that’s when there are the most motorists on the road commuting back and forth to work.

Small blinking lights such as the Blinder MINI (outputs 20 lumens) are often bright enough for those well-lit city commutes. However, on those darker unlit roads you would want a more powerful light to see the road by. The Blinder Arc 640 (outputs 640 lumens) will light your path ahead as well as enable you to be seen at a greater distance by other motorists. Combine this with a powerful rear light, such as the Road R70 and you are good to go.

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Blinder Mini Chippy rear light

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Blinder Arc 640 headlight

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Blinder Road R70

 

Keep Your Bike Safe

It’s not only your safety you are responsible for, make sure your pride and joy is well secured too. Especially in high risk zones around the city. Luckily in most major cities, there are now plenty of places to secure your bike beyond a lamp post. The most secure method is to use multiple bike locks. Use a u-lock (like a Bouncer or  Strongman) to attach your frame and front wheel to the bike rack. A chain or cable lock (like the Ringmaster) can be used to better secure all of your bike’s components. Also, never rely solely on a cable lock to secure your bike. A cable lock should be used as a secondary lock only and in conjunction with a much stronger chain or u-lock.

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Bouncer u-lock

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Ringmaster cable lock

 

We're stoked that you experience the same connection to the open road that we do. So, ride safe & stay visible. 

Posted in Blinder Lights U-Locks By Knog

Red Hook Crit - Milano

5 October 2016 3:00:22 PM AEDT

Here we are! 

Today is the last Red Hook Crit of the season and the currently champion Ivan is getting ready!

This Red Hook will be his 8th crit. He started two years ago and felt in love immediately with that kind of scenario race. Since his childhood Ivan races and never stop to compete. From 2003 to 2005 he was a UCI pro racer in the Pro Tour but he stopped his career to dedicate himself to his family. Almost ten years after he discovered in his hometown the Red Hook. He became quickly one of the main challengers. He won Brooklyn N°8 and Barcelona N°3. We still have in minds that incredible battle with Mario Paz Duque under the Parc Del Forum’s yards.

We wish all the best to Ivan and to the all team. Be strong! 

Favorite Knog lights: Blinder Mob

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Training time for @istakillerb.  Qualifications are coming in Bovisa. 
#teamcinellichrome #fixedgear #race#rhcm7 #redhookcrit

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Ashley Jo, Jo Ashley.... #redhookcrit #rhcm7 #race #fixedgear#teamcinellichrome

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16 laps to go for for the women race.  #redhookcrit #rhcm7 #teamcinellichrome#fixedgear #race

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Always impressive to see how the crow is massive in Milan.  This is the end of the Red Hook Crit season. Was such an intense year, we're proud to take part of this races as sponsor of @teamcinellichrome. Congratulation to all the team. 
#redhookcrit #rhcm7 #race #fixedgear#teamcinellichrome

Words and Photos by @caropaulette

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Posted in Events By sean Wilkinson

E-robike to some, Oi-robike to others

21 September 2016 11:13:39 AM AEST

This was the show they said was all about e-bikes. But for us, it was all about Oi-someness. (Sorry).

But first of all, massive apologies to our friends Cristina and Alex at Surly who lived in the next door booth for a week. After 5 days of every single visitor ringing the Oi, hearing its – albeit beautiful – tone may mean they’ll never be able to look at us without being overcome with rage. We’ll make it up to you guys.

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So, it was my first Eurobike, and I was assured that I got it easy. Our booth was simpler in construction than last year, where we had 4 people construct what looked like a hi-tech meth lab over two full days and had around 874 different parts. But again this year, as usual, our main criteria was “Will anyone else be doing anything like this? If not, let’s do that”. Our booth consisted of 4 elements:

1. INFINITY PLINTHS: We had 10x display boxes for our products. We make no apologies for making sure ours were the best-looking products in their category. Geeky on the inside, but very much gorgeous on the outside. The plinths had double sided mirror and LED rope to create a hole that looked like it might go all the way home, down under.

2. BIG FACE: Our giant friend Matthieu offered up his massive face to look down onto our Infinity Plinths. It was a challenge taking the shot. Even getting a man of his size into a photography studio required significant furniture rearranging.

3. DEMO WALL: We had a lovely big neon sign – only it wasn’t neon – it was that same funky LED rope. This sat above our wall-mounted locks and shelf-mounted lights and bells.

4. MEETING ROOM: This was a meeting room. We had meetings in here. And we met people. In this room.


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 Through the looking glass

 
be seen

Our German distributor, Cosmic, has always been one of the biggest supporters of the Oi bell. Their team call it a “home run” which is a great endorsement and gives us real confidence. But we still didn’t expect to get the attention we did. Every few seconds Hugo had an interview to attend or a video crew was recording Prinzessin Leia, aka our very own Leah Hughes. We also won a Eurobike Award – so ours was one of only 4 winners in the Accessories category. We also found some people who weren’t cyclists who wanted it for equally worthwhile reasons. (This is not a crass set up…)

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bigger brighter

The other really big ticket item for us was the Blinder MINI. We’re launching this in conjunction with the Oi. The two go so perfectly together we have created the colours to match. This USD $29 light is an all over revamp of our wildly successful Blinder 1. Better straps, better LED tech, better styling, same price. This is the be seen light for the city. Mic dropped. Sales pitch over.

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imitation

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, thank you for your kind words, Xeccon. But seriously, we’ve had enough of our sales being shredded by rip-offs from all corners of the world. Chinese manufacturer Xeccon chose to exhibit their copy products of our successful Blinder MOB range, despite our warning that we had an injunction from the German authorities for IP protection. Once we found them to be in breach we had the customs police go to their booth and remove any evidence of the copy products. This is something we feel strongly about because it’s a simple equation: more copies = less incentive to innovate = inferior design = poor quality products.  This isn’t what we want for the bike industry, or – of course – our business. 

But whilst our attention was fixed on the Zeppelin hall where one copycat was being pulled up, some light-fingered individual was pulling up the glass top of our plinth that was displaying the prototypes of our next Oi products. It’s quite funny really, that they chose to steal two hardly functioning early prototypes, and left the most valuable thing on the booth – an Oi Classic, hand-engraved by a Japanese Buddhist monk.

…Say What?

Yes, after seeing the work by Kosuke Masada we asked him to engrave 6 Oi bells for us. He did this and… there are no words. 

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(by Sam Moore, Head of Brand & Marketing @ Knog)

Posted in Events By Sam Moore

CMWC Paris, Day 2

7 August 2016 4:59:00 PM AEST

Day 2 of the qualifications. Bike and cargo.

For all those who didn't do their qualifications yesterday, they had to do them today!

It was also the day of the cargo bike qualification. They had a window of one hour to jump on their bike & hit the track to make their time

When they took their manifest from the office they had the added surprise of having to carry two breeze blocks from the start to the finish. This a good way to start the qualifications !

Considering that not a lot of messengers had done their qualifying yesterday the track was pretty busy! 

Plenty of different manifests were given to the messengers and only the first 6 to complete each manifest went in the main race. The qualifications are about the time and how you’ve completed your manifest. Overall it seemed that Thomas Boury aka Toto aka Young Thomas had the best time. He completed his manifest in 43 minutes yesterday.

After the end of the qualifications, the couriers could compete for the Amazing Hou’s alleycat.
More than 300 messengers took the start. They started without manifests and had to collect these at the first checkpoint.  

Today is the main race day. We expect a lot and we’ll probably get surprised by the podium, cause Austin Horse and Christina Peck the previous world champions won’t be on the starting line. 

Will see what can happen with the new contenders.

(Photos & words by Caro Paulette)


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