One of the more attractive allures of tiny house living is the freedom it brings from being mortgage-free and to go where you like. A great way to take your home with you is by putting it on wheels. To take things a step further, why not let those wheels be bicycle wheels?
A tiny house mounted on or pulled behind a bicycle is extremely efficient in that no fossil fuels are needed to move it along. Another added benefit is that towing it is a good workout and lets you enjoy the great outdoors. [Source]
Camper Bike, a sculptural piece built in April 2008. A stand alone piece and the subject of a series of paintings.
Artist Kevin cyr built this pedal-powered camper for one in april 2008. the camper sits on a modified bike frame with two back wheel and one up front. the rider sits on the bike and can pedal around, moving the camper from place to place. inside the camper features all the amenities needed in a small and compact envelope. the sculptural piece also became a subject in many of cyr’s paintings. the Design is perfect for a solo holiday and will definetly turn some heads along the way. [Source]
Chinese Designers Created A Tiny Home That Can Be Carted Around On A Tricycle. China has taken the concept of the mobile home to a whole new level.
Beijing’s People’s Architecture Office (PAO) and People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) have designed and built a mobile home so small that it can be folded up, accordion-style, and carted around on the back of a tricycle.
The fact that housing has become unbelievably expensive in China is not new news by any stretch of the imagination, and residents of Beijing have been living in much smaller spaces for years now. But due to severe overcrowding and the need for sustainable residences, it seems the tricycle house could be an innovative—though not necessarily comfortable—solution. [Source]
Get Your Steam On Anywhere Portable Bike Sauna By H3T Architects, Czech design team H3T Architects put together this sweet little sweat-pod that can be towed anywhere you please by tandem bike. Enveloped in translucent panels, the Bike Sauna allows users to park it in various locales, transforming any spot into a relaxing haven. But don't let its small appearance throw you off, apparently it can seat up to six people (granted, in probably somewhat close quarters). But inside there's everything that makes it cozy, like a real wood-fired stove.
The Bike Sauna is the latest of H3T's series of unconventional saunas, which also include what they dub a "flying sauna" hung off a bridge and accessible only by boat. But the Bike Sauna may be poised to be the most widely appealing, since it was created as a homage to the dedicated cyclists of Prague, who according to the architects must "prove constantly that they are spirited enough to adopt this non-standard way of transportation around the city." [Source]
Supertramp is a micro-sized mobile living concept part of the lehman b project. lehman b is a ‘do tank’ which explores future strategies by actually doing them, like supertramp. the project consists of a living device that is towed behind a bicycle. it is made with a rigid frame and cloth tent façade and roof. one side of the home open up like a window and has a ledge, while the other side features a door. inside the home there is a small wood burning fire with a chimney and a bed. the home was hand built and can be pedaled form location to location. the intent of the unit is to explore more minimal lifestyles that be become a necessity in the future. Image By jim rokos & felicity crawshaw. [Source]
A real bike trailer house! It’s not built to be a four-season house but it looks fairly complete and lightweight. It weights only 100 pounds dry. It was built by a guy named Paul who likes to build a cool transportation toys like 3-wheeler bikes.
This camper served as his nomadic home for a week at Burningman. It wasn’t made to work for long road trips but it does sound like a successful proof of concept. Every time I stumble across one of these tiny bike houses it makes me think that a bike pulled tiny house is a perfectly logical low-cost solution for some people. Read more about this Bicycle Camper on Paul’s website. Image By Paul and friends.
26 year old Portland resident Alexander Main wants to change the world by building tiny houses that can be pulled behind a bicycle. And he just finished his first prototype — which is a good thing because it's also his home. Main moved here from Germany just over a month ago and set out to build what he refers to as "the first of its kind self-sustainable solar powered Bike RV Trailer!" (and yes, he's very excited about it).
The BikeRV was built to be simple and inexpensive and Main plans to publish the plans and materials list free on his BikeRV Project website. "I want people to copy it, to improve it and to use it as an inspiration to create better models," he says.
Main came to Portland with just a suitcase filled with a sleeping bag and some clothes ("I got rid of everything," he says in a video blog posted).
As for the RV itself, it's a pretty nice set-up. He's built it with a 50 watt solar panel that powers a 10 amp/12 volt battery that powers several lights — both inside the RV and head/tail-lights for safety in traffic. Main can also charge up his laptop, cell phone, or anything else that can plug into the standard 12 volt outlet he's installed on the BikeRV (if it's cloudy, he's also installed a 120 AC power inlet). The BikeRV attaches to any standard bike via a seatpost hitch mount. [Source]