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Gallery: Bike made from Nespresso coffee capsules

Josh Cunningham
6 Apr 2017

Makers Festka, a Czech brand known for its luxurious road bikes, sold the coffee capsule bike during the Prague Fashion Week

A bike part-made from Nespresso coffee capsules has sold at a charity auction during the Prague Fashion Week for 160,000 CZK (approx £5,064). 

The bike is a fixed-wheel track bike made by Czech brand Festka, and is modelled upon its Doppler model. 

The frame is an aluminium composite that contains approximately of the 995 used capsules, which a lot of people will recognise as the small circular pods that Nespresso coffee machines use. 

After being melted down and added to the tube composite, the cast tubes were later thinned and further processed with a lathe to achieve Festka's desired wall strength. After that the tubes were sandblasted and polished, creating the finished product you see in the pictures. 

Aluminium has a long history of use in the bicycle manufacturing industry. Creating a bicycle from recycled aluminium capsules and giving this material a second chance was a big challenge for us,' said Michael Moureček, co-founder of Festka.

'We went one step further and combined aluminium with carbon composite based on the blueprint of the successful Doppler model,' he added in reference to the the distinctive coloured capsules can also be seen in the carbon rear wheel.

'This helped create a truly state-of- the -art bike: both in terms of its looks and in terms of the usage of materials.'

Festka say that the bike took around three months to make, and that because it was a charity auction, the proceeds would go to Tereza Maxová Foundation, who help disadvantaged children. 

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