Full-size folding bicycle gets very small

By Rain Noe – March 3, 2008 

German student Gregor Dauth’s awesome, collapsible Urban Street Concept Bike keeps folding…and folding…and folding; he claims it will eventually fit into a rucksack, though no mention is made of where the wheels will go.

Dauth, we’ve got the solution! You need to hook up with this guy!

There’s something about the bike, along with the chair, that draws designers. Despite being an almost perfect design already, the reworkings of the humble bicycle seem almost endless. Some are genuine improvements, such as the change from pedals fixed to the front wheel (Penny Farthing) to a rod or chain driving the rear wheel, and […]

squarebike.jpgThere’s something about the bike, along with the chair, that draws designers. Despite being an almost perfect design already, the reworkings of the humble bicycle seem almost endless. Some are genuine improvements, such as the change from pedals fixed to the front wheel (Penny Farthing) to a rod or chain driving the rear wheel, and others are less so (low-riders, anyone?)

You wouldn’t think that much more could be done to the basic diamond-framed, two-wheeled approach, but those designers can’t stop fiddling. Here are some of the fruits of their labors

 
 

Above: A bike with square wheels may look impractical, but it would actually be ridable — on a highway that is surfaced with a series of inverted catenaries.

 

Photo: vrogy/Flickr

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