Bicymple: The chainless bicycle with adjustable tyres
October 13, 2012, 3:30 pm
A US designer has come up with a new concept of "double unicycles", which will allow commuters to ride sideways to beat traffic congestion. The 'Bicymple' resembles a unicycle, but with the addition of a front wheel, a frame, and handlebars.
The 'Bicymple' resembles a unicycle, but with the addition of a front wheel, a frame, and handlebars.
Its maker, Josh Bechtel of Scalyfish Designs, based in Washington, believes that it will change the way people cycle.
The bicymple is an attempt to make the bike more straighforward, using pedals attached to the rear wheel rather than a chain, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
The bicymple can be ridden in two modes - with the rear steering locked, making it feel like a "normal" bicycle, or unlocked so it can be ridden in "crab mode" allowing tighter turns and even sideways riding.
Bechtel said that he wanted the design to make a bicycle simpler than current designs.
"The optional rear-steer mode is reminiscent of custom 'swing bikes' and allows tighter turns and 'crab-riding'," he said.
The lightweight design and short wheelbase make for a nimble ride.
The bicycle is supposedly easier to store in small spaces. The company has not yet said anything on price and availability.