Priced at less than £200, weighing about 12 pounds, Clive Sinclair’s newest folding bike is expected to come to market in Britain in July. The whole rig can be unfolded in about 15 seconds, and uses wheels less than 6” in diameter.
Sinclair thinks he’ll sell 100,000 the first year in Great Britain alone, before turning his attention to Japan and the United States. A London cyclist quoted in the Times article says the bike looks well-suited to quick jaunts like a city commute between a subway station and job.
“It’s obviously not a bike for long journeys, but I can see an application for small journeys. It’s extremely light and easy to carry.”
Here’s a story from Gizmodo in 2004 with a picture of the strange-looking prototype. I think I would feel like I was riding a tripod instead of a bicycle on one. It seems like those little wheels are going to have trouble when they hit the real world.
On the other hand, these could be awesome rides around the shop floor in big factories.
Seen at cyclelicio.us.
North Carolina’s Greensboro College is providing 30 free bikes to students, faculty and staff for on-campus use.
Bikes, from Giant’s Suede comfort line, are supposed to be parked at three bike racks on campus, and include cables with combination locks. When riders get to their destination, they’re to lock the bikes at another of the racks. The program kicked off March 17.
The whole program was underwritten by a local bike shop Cycles de Oro, and its employees.
Reuters reports that in northern Europe, there’s a wave of new push-bikes, including cargo bikes, bike vans, and other creative solutions to real transportation needs. Some of the builders: WorkCycles, Christiana, and Smart Trike.
“The last major new bicycle concept adopted by the industry was the mountain bike in 1985. The big bicycle makers are introvert and not market oriented. “They design new bikes by choosing a new gear shift, a new saddle and a new colour. But the consumer doesn’t care about that. The consumer has specific needs, like bringing children to school,” Goes added.
That’s what we’re talking about.