The foldable bike has been wonderful for commuters, allowing them more access to swapping transport options like jumping on a busy train without getting the hairy eye from everyone in the carriage. A foldable also allows those who are trying to minimize their living quarters and indeed the amount of carbon in the air to also reduce the amount of space their bike takes up when not in use. Here is where the Eco-7 shines. With a completely destructible frame and ingenious folding wheel design, this striking orange kit can be broken down in multiple places. Deconstructing the entire bike will allow the components to inhabit a space as small as a briefcase for those on the go, or a single drawer for those storing their bike at home. Further innovations down this avenue may see us all carrying bikes as back ups in the same way we do umbrellas.
This smart little white number was designed by Korean Junkyo Lee and adds a much more rounded and softer aesthetic to the addition of futuristic bikes. Ideal for city living, Lee has tried to solve the problem of theft in urban areas by creating a bike with a security system built right into its look. Similar to the way a turtle retreats into its shell, the front of the bike recedes into the frame when not in use. This allows only the owner to be able to make the bike functional after inputting a password. This Head-lock system – which is where the name is derived – creates a peace of mind for cyclists fretting about where is best to lock up.
We often gauge the usability of new inventions on whether we can envision them in our immediate climate, and as our reliance on fossil fuels depletes, electric vehicles seem like the logical next step. Many purists will abhor the idea of bikes being powered by anything more than sheer strength, but not everyone is out to break a sweat. Enter the patrolman, an e-bike that is compact, simple and looks close enough to our current tech and similar designs that there is something familiar about it. Because it almost seems like a spiritual successor to the Segway, it isn’t hard to imagine streams of these things sweeping past pedestrians in big cities in a future not far from now.
Another greener addition to the future of bicycles is the Unico. This purely pedal powered bike is constructed in one piece, which helps optimise structural integrity and makes for a more cost-effective production. This contemporary and petite bike is ideal for modern city living, in the fact it aims to be small, cheap and eventually disposable. Although it may not look like it because it is made entirely from a pair of plastics, every part of the Unico can be recycled. Meaning the future of bicycles could mean that they are indeed mass-produced, but at the same time plentiful, highly geometrical, and more importantly even better for the planet.