Bendable Bike Technology
Bike parking conundrums are a thing of the past thanks to 21-year-old Kevin Scott of Britain. The bendy-framed bike was created by Kevin Scott, a final-year Product Design student at DeMontfort University in Leicester.
Where an ordinary bicycle’s frame would have the crossbar and down-tube, Mr Scott’s design has two segmented tubes, containing a cable. When the cable is tightened, using a ratchet device below the saddle, the frame is rigid and can be cycled. However, when the bike is parked, the cable can be loosened, allowing the segments of the tube to separate and the frame to be bent through up to 180°.
This would let it be wrapped around a lamp-post and the two wheels to be locked together with an ordinary D-lock without removing them. It is both more secure and less space-consuming than locking an ordinary bike to a post by the frame. The design won Mr Scott a runners-up award at the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award and a cheque for £500. He now intends to bring it to market. He told The Register: “I intend to use the prize money to outsource production of some of the key components to allow for full testing.”
Can’t wait until every bike is made like this!