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Origami for Bicycles

The idea of folding bicycles is quite cool really, but I've never seen one that has normal sized (26") wheels and folds up like this before:



This is the contortionist designed by Robert Hargrave at the Royal College of Art.

There's a video of it in action here:



(via inhabitat)

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stainsteelrat
5th Aug, 2009 13:00 (UTC)
Genius bit of design! Seems to be crying out for a handle so you can tow it though.
hmmm_tea
5th Aug, 2009 21:27 (UTC)
I did wonder whether it was possible to leave the handles unfolded to pull/push it along with
randomchris
5th Aug, 2009 14:50 (UTC)
I was trying to work out why it looked weird, and it took me quite a while to realize it had no visible drive-chain.
hmmm_tea
5th Aug, 2009 21:28 (UTC)
All done by hydrolics inside the frame apparrently.
unholypassion
5th Aug, 2009 18:26 (UTC)
I used to have a European touring bike that was collapsible, but it wasn't quite as compact.
hmmm_tea
5th Aug, 2009 21:29 (UTC)
I've seen lots of bikes that fold down in weird and wonderful ways, but none as efficiently as that
starkmadgemini
5th Aug, 2009 18:52 (UTC)
you always post such interesting things
hmmm_tea
5th Aug, 2009 21:32 (UTC)
Why, thank you.

These things just seem to find me somehow.

Nice feet btw, are they yours?
starkmadgemini
8th Aug, 2009 01:24 (UTC)
haha thanks.
yes they are mine. over the lake of the camp that i currently work at.
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