LONDON, UK – Sir Clive Sinclair, the veteran inventor, is about to unveil his latest creation to the public — a lightweight folding bike which he hopes will revolutionise commuter travel.
The man who brought the Sinclair C5 pedal and battery-powered buggy is planning to market his new bike this summer, priced at about £200 – €286
Called the A-bike — because it looks like a letter A when unfolded — Sinclair’s new invention has taken him nearly 20 years to develop and bring to production.
Carried in a rucksack, it weighs only 5.5 kg and, with practice, can be folded and unfolded in 15 seconds.
The frame is made from nylon reinforced with glass fibre — similar to that used in the aerospace industry.
With wheels no more than six inches in diameter and with only one gear it is primarily designed to be used for cycling short distances, such as between home and a railway station, and then from another station to your work.
The bike has been developed by the inventor’s company, Sinclair Research, at a laboratory in south London, and is being manufactured in China by a Hong Kong-based firm called Daka.
Billed as the smallest, lightest bike on the market, Sinclair hopes to sell 100,000 in Britain during the first year following its launch in July, and similar numbers in other European countries, as well as Japan and America.