21-years-old Kevin Scott has invented a revolutionary folding bicycle that will stop thieves in their tracks. He has created the bendy-framed bike that wraps around a lamp post so it can be locked-up safely – without the need for a lock or chain.
The De Montfort University graduate used a ratchet system built into the frame of the bike to allow it to wrap around a pole, enabling the lock to be wrapped through both wheels and the frame. Securing all the bike’s components within the lock was his aim in creating the new bike. It also allows the bike to be stored in small spaces.
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.
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°. As such, finding a spot to lock it up on London’s busy streets is a cinch – you simply wrap it around the nearest lamp post.
Mr Scott’s creation is currently on show at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London. 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 is hoping that his unusual cycle will catch the eye of a bike loving backer who will enable him to develop it further. 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.”
More than 52 bikes are stolen in London every day, according to official figures. A total of 23,748 bikes were reported stolen in London in 2009-10 — up 27.8 per cent on the previous financial year — but police believe that the true figure could be double that.
Experts recommend that users should spend around 10 per cent of their bike’s value on a decent lock – ideally two – and always lock it to a solid object through the frame. [via Daily Telegraph (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]