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by Mark Zalewski
April 6, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel takes fifth Scheldeprijs win; De La Cruz solos to impressive stage win at Vuelta a Pais Vasco; Coquard wins second stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, Dowsett takes TT and lead; Van Dijk, Pieters take wins on opening day of Healthy Ageing Tour; Steve Tilford, master of cycling disciplines, dies at 57 after traffic accident; UCI adopts new safety measures proposed by Professional Riders Council; Vanmarcke out for Paris-Roubaix; Van Avermaet turns focus to Paris-Roubaix; Cavendish out of Paris-Roubaix with ongoing ankle injury; Kittel confirms return to Tour of California; Distance cyclist Mark Beaumont aiming to cycle around the world in 80 days; Bicycle fabricated from recycled coffee pods; Zwift Stories – Mathew Hayman; Urban Freeride lives – Fabio Wibmer.
Czech bicycle producer Festka, in partnership with Nespresso, recycled the ubiquitous aluminum coffee capsules to fabricate a unique bicycle called the Festka Doppler for Nespresso. The bicycle was sold at a charity auction held during Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week. Money raised at the auction went to support the Tereza Maxová Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children.
“Aluminum has a long history of use in the bicycle manufacturing industry. Creating a bicycle from recycled aluminum capsules and giving this material a second chance was a big challenge for us”, says Michael Mourecek, co-founder of Festka.
“We went one step further and combined aluminum with carbon composite based on the blueprint of the successful Doppler model. This helped create a truly state-of-the -art bike: both in terms of its looks and in terms of the usage of materials.”
The track version of the Festka Doppler for Nespresso melted aluminium capsules create a kaleidoscopic display of 21 vibrant Nespresso colours on the rear wheel.
“We try to convey the client’s story in each bike we create in our shop,” said Mourecek. “Although it was a challenging task to fulfill, it is utterly rewarding and inspiring to know we are building not only a bicycle, but also a strong narrative that will move people emotionally and resonate with them”.