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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Bike Show 2011

The Bike Show has previously been held in London, but for 2011 moved to the NEC, so worth a visit to see where the future lies for we cyclists. Most of the big names were in attendance but not, surprisingly, Brompton, Cateye, Birdy or Dahon.
Lots of inovative designs, many using materials other than the traditional steel and aluminium, and some clever design ideas, particularly in folding bikes.

This is one of the futuristic bikes which caught my eye. It is a folding bike with full size wheels, stub axles, three spoke wheels, single leg forks and rear frame, and cable operated disc brakes. The two speed gear is operated by the riders heels pushing buttons (left or right) built into the bottom bracket spindle. The drive is by way of a fully enclosed chain with the gear box built into the bottom bracket. Mudguards can be fitted without compromise to the folding.
 The frame is aluminium and it folds very neatly such that it can be trundled along in the folded state. It's weight is 12kg, so no lightweight, but since the machine can be trundled, weight is less important. Only for loading into vehicles would it be necessary to lift it.
Not cheap at £1600, but mass production would no doubt bring the price down significantly.

See how neatly it folds. The seat can be lowered of course, but makes a useful handle
for trundling the bike
Daftest exhibit at the show was this caravan designed to be towed by a bike. Sign on the back said "Max speed 5mph."

Weight unknown, but it did include a full length single bed, a long shelf and a digital television. Access to the bed did not appear to be easy, but you would be so tired after pedalling this thing along for a few miles, that you would need to be in bed early.
View of caravan interior.

1 comment:

David Martin said...

My guess is Brompton are saving themselves for next year when they will show off the recently announced eBrompton- electric assisted Brompton.