We use to write that “Italians do it better” several times. Seems that this is really true. Just watch this innovative bike created by the Italian student Gianluca Sada. This gay was selected among the “200 talents of Italy”, so you must keet the eye on him in the next future. The idea of a folding bike has undertaken numerous studies that focus on reducing the weight and dimensions which have led, however, to realize too small sized bicycles. They have a small frame and wheels at the expense of stability, for the sake of compactness and portability during transport. The minimum size of the frame, in fact, penalizes the rider position while driving and the small size of the wheels significantly are affected by variations in terrain.
On the other hand, the traditional bicycles, avoid these problems, but the rigid chassis makes them inflexible during transport on public transport. The objective of this project is to have a cycle with standard dimensions (wheels 26 “) and have a small package during transportation. The wheels have no spokes, the minimum size in closing, the system folder with the single movement, the packaging container can also be used as a backpack, are innovations of this script.
The starting point of this research is the study of art that starts from an overview of the urban individual mobility to reach, then, the folding bicycle. It has been adopted a system of anchoring of wheels composed of small wheels held by a small frame and a specific quick clamping device. They allow you to fold the bike quickly and easily, using its special package like a trendy backpack. Some studies have been done about characteristics of both components of frame and wheels to analyze their behavior during the application of loads. In conclusion, the project may pave the way for a new system of mobility outside the classical schemes, widely accessible and easily transportable. Personal style and extreme versatility give dynamism to the traditional bicycle, the subject increasingly required in this environmentally friendly age.
– We really hope that very very soon a bike company ( not BMW, Porsche Design …or this kind of expensive giants ) will contact this guy and industrialize this project, so that will make it available for a “human” price. Maybe an Italian one ? We will keep you tuned. For more information or to get in touch with Gianluca, just follow the link below.