The two-page spread on bikes in ProDesign issue 104 was particularly well received. Unfortunately we couldn't include all the bikes in the spread that we had originally planned, so here's a small gallery of folding or portable bikes. Joey Ruiter's re-imagining of the bike at left probably generated the most comments, so I've added a couple more pics below. If anyone's doing anything with portable bikes in New Zealand I'd be interested in hearing from you. One wag did mention that we have far too many hills in Auckland and Wellington for bikes with ridiculously small wheels… if that's true then I'd wager the people I'm most likely to hear from are in Christchurch or, possibly, Hamiltron.
Simple Inner City Bike by Ruiter Studios in Michigan. Info from Joey Ruiter:
“Our project, simplicity in inner city bicycling, was at first glance a fun aesthetic opportunity in new trends, color, and materials. Our target lived/worked in an inner city environment with minimal space. Bicycling at this level can be more about fashion and culture than speed and performance. After the first few brainstorm sessions we knew there where bigger opportunities. The project rethought what a “frame” meant, getting ride of basic key components, and creating a new type of compact bicycling. Inspired by the "hobby horse" from it's simplicity and the café race scene. Each is an exercise in stripping something down to its core. The final design came down to a frame system and a really difficult 1:1.5 planetary gear, free-wheeling, rear hub. Everything else is rider preference."
Eco // 07 – Compactable Urban Bicycle by Victor Aleman: There are more pics and an explanation of how this folding bike works over at Yanko Design. Aleman certainly takes compact to new levels. Wonder how comfortable the ride is though.
Tyrell 20inch Bikes: Aside from being a fictional mega-corporation in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Tyrell is also a Japanese company specialising in portable 20inch-wheel bikes. My Japanese is a bit rusty, so it's a bit touch getting a handle on the specs. The bikes certainly look the part though.
Montague Swiss Military XO: In stark contrast to the bikes above, this beast looks like it might last forever. It's possibly the antithesis of the Tyrell, which looks like a sedate ride down to the shops for a pint of milk might be it's limit. More specs over here.