Build a bike from a construction set, try out a futuristic two-seater bike, or choose solar panels for an electric bike? Naked Science has revealed the 10 best bike concepts of the future.
One of the most amazing e-bikes, or e-bikes. Introduced by Audi in 2012. Made almost entirely of durable carbon fiber. In one of five modes - in a hybrid pedal + motor - it is capable of accelerating to 80 km / h. The replaceable lithium-ion battery in the frame powers not only the electric motor, but also the touchscreen computer, which, among other things, allows one-touch control of the seat height. The Audi E-bike also allows you to connect your smartphone to it via WLAN.
“If you can make a sandwich, you can make a bicycle sandwich” is the slogan coined by the Danish company PedalFactory for its new series of construction bicycles. The company began mass production of eco-friendly sandwich bikes only in January 2014. All the parts you need come in a small box and are made of wood and aluminum. The company representatives state that any competent buyer can assemble a bike from the provided parts in 45 minutes.
This bike is not just one of the most sustainable concepts. APB has gone further and is able to independently cleanse the city of smog by converting carbon dioxide and other pollutants into oxygen and clean air. A special filter located under the steering wheel allows him to do this, as well as a system that technologically simulates photosynthesis and produces oxygen so necessary for the inhabitants of the metropolis. The project is relatively recently developed by the Thai company Lightfog and is in its early stages, but the assembly of a working prototype has already begun.
The concept is in its earliest stages, developed by designer Pengtao Yu. It is a two-seater bicycle with two huge parallel wheels and seats in the center - the left cyclist controls the left wheel, the right one controls the right wheel. Obviously, driving in a straight line will require the same pedaling rate, and any deviation will lead to a turn in the direction where the wheel is spinning slower. Cyclists will have to be very close to each other in order not to crash anywhere. On the other hand, Cojoy can be used as a compatibility test for couples in love.
Probably the most anti-theft bike. Created by South Korean designer Junkyo Lee. Remembers your biometric data and is locked with a 4-digit password. In the promo material, it is mentioned that in closed mode, the Helo acts like a turtle in danger: its front end, along with the steering wheel, is pulled into the main frame. The wheels are blocked, and it becomes almost impossible to remove them (except perhaps to break them). True, aerodynamics suffer greatly from the flat body, so in windy weather the Helo will lurch heavily to the side.
For the Cycle Sol electric bike, the authors have selected one of the most environmentally friendly charging methods, namely using solar panels. Indeed, the Cycle Sol is powered by the energy of the Sun, but in addition to this, there are standard pedals in the concept. It was designed by a London-based designer Miroslav Miljev ic back in 2008, but the project still hasn't seen serial production. Probably some other bike with the same concept (for example, the more stylish Ele) will go on sale sooner or later, but the Cycle Sol remains the most famous project of its kind.
Minimalistic futurism is how you can describe the design of this bike. Even the name that says: "nulla" is translated from Italian as "nothing".There are no spokes in the wheels, and the pedals are not connected to the rear wheel by a chain and transmit kinetic energy directly to it. Also, the bike is supposed to be made of light innovative materials. The concept was created by design agency Bradford Waugh and is still at the project stage.
One of the most famous folding bike concepts, the German Bergmonch weighs 9 kg and is able to transform from a vehicle into … a backpack that can be easily carried behind the back. A suitable option for mountain expeditions.
The night bike, as it is sometimes called, has a luminous LED frame. It is charged during the day from the movement of the pedals, and in the evening and at night it illuminates the space around it with a soft green light. Moreover, in the future, it is planned to make ROOnighT something like a public access socket, from which you can charge various devices such as laptops and smartphones. Developed by South Korean designers Yong-Bum Lim and Park Jong-Soon in the late 2000s, but has not yet entered mass production.
Onyx Concept Bike
This futuristic concept from Peugeot has been developed in recent years, but is still in the sketches and non-working demonstration stages. A racing bike designed specifically for athletes - it is lightweight and durable, as it is made almost entirely of carbon fiber, and also has excellent aerodynamic characteristics due to its sharp shapes and streamlined skin (even on wheels).