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Foldable Wheel Design: Huge Improvement for Folding Bikes

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BATH, United Kingdom – Wheel size is the limiting constraint on the design of folding or portable bicycles. Vehicles with larger wheels have superior performance but cannot fold up smaller than the size of their wheels. Folding bikes with smaller wheels

Foldable Wheel Design: Huge Improvement for Folding Bikes
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BATH, United Kingdom – Wheel size is the limiting constraint on the design of folding or portable bicycles. Vehicles with larger wheels have superior performance but cannot fold up smaller than the size of their wheels. Folding bikes with smaller wheels can fold up very well but are slower, less stable and less comfortable than a full size bike.

The crossbreed folding wheel enables a full sized adult bicycle to be folded into a compact and convenient package for transportation and storage. The project is currently being developed further in association with InnovationRCA, an innovation incubator affiliated with the Royal college of Art, London.

“We are currently seeking parties interested in licensing the design of the crossbreed wheel or in collaborating with us on the design of an associated bike”, says industrial designer Duncan Fitzsimons. “This wheel can enable a whole new type of folding bicycle to be designed. One which is both high in performance and practical in terms of transportation and storage.”

 

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