The bicycle was invented in the 19th century, and has since pretty much done what it was intended to do, but the 21st century is all about innovations and experimentations. This vehicle for transportation has become a curiosity for designers who are playing with its functions, design, and even making it easy to port. We have put together a list of some of the unique and astonishingly great designs for the contemporary bicycle.
Bergmonch folding backpack bicycle
True adventure can be found deep in the mountains where breathtaking views are coupled with tough terrains. Most of these terrains have to be negotiated on foot, making it a tough bargain to drag your mountain bike along. The Bergmonch folding backpack bicycle can be folded into itself in less than 2 minutes to wear as a backpack. It is light to carry and this folding ability makes this tiny mountain bike a perfectly portable vehicle.
This bizarre concept of a bicycle that carries the rider on land as well as water was designed especially for the city of Helmond Netherlands. This large framed bike might look bulky, but the huge wheels add character and functionality to permit amphibious travel. Designed by GBO, these amphibious bicycles are to look out for in the future.
Rotation folding bicycle
Designed by Yirong Yang, this model of a folding bicycle can be used as a unicycle as well. The city rotating & folding Rotation bicycle is completely adjustable, allowing the rider the freedom to determine the best position for the handlebars, saddle, and the distance between the front and rear wheels.
Taking biomimicry to a new level, this bicycle mimics a human on their hands and feet. The reason behind this design was to bring the pedals and the seat closer to the ground. Additionally, the bike is completely adjustable so you can use it for all ages of growing children. The bike has another unique functionality of expanding out or contracting while in motion to maintain a steady balance. This eco-friendly bike is made mostly from recycled materials and is a great choice for all ages.
Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has come up with this minimalistic design of bicycles that departs miles away from the traditional one. With no visible chain, handles that prevent wind drag, a seat that is suspended from the handlebar, and tires that cannot be punctured, the bike also has a solar-powered battery system to assist during uphill terrains. This bike brings an anti-theft feature with its fingerprint sensors and also has a smart computer in the handlebars to calculate the calories burnt based on the number of pedals. Boardman says that this bike is still two decades away from being a reality in modern transport.
With Josef Cardek’s latest design of a compact bicycle that can be folded into a neat circular frame, portability and space get new definitions. With a large circular frame in the center that allows all the range of movements that a traditional bike does with the ability to fold Locust, once the safety lock nuts are popped out, the wheels can be twisted around their axis to fit into this circular frame.
Swedish designer TorkelDohmers has designed a bicycle that can be used in all seasons. The covered bike concept of ThisWay features a transparent roof that can protect the rider from rain. Unfortunately, there are no fenders on the sides, meaning water from the road can still splash inwards. The design of this bike looks chic and with some more tweaks it will be ready to face all weathers.
Bicycles have been around for centuries and designers are now giving their basic frame a makeover with a touch of added functions. With the modern day requirements of portability, amphibious travel, smart riding and more, many new concepts have been proposed to better the conventional bikes.