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Uncle Clive's Origami Bicycle

Tube ready, but rather odd looking, Clive Sinclair launches his new "A-Bike"...

Interestingly plans for the A-Bike include a future electric version. Now that could be an interesting approach to city transport -- less, err, odd than a Segway, and easier to learn to ride...

(Apologies for the terrible pun in the Yahoo! article)


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Jul. 8th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
Interestingly plans for the A-Bike include a future electric version.

Sinclair was promoting a strap-on electric motor for ordinary pedal cycles some ten or so years ago, but this is to address entirely the wrong problem. It's not making cycles go faster that will make more people take up cycling -- it's making streets safer for cyclists, which means educating car drivers to pay more attention to them, give them more room, drive slower, and so forth. A lot more difficult, admittedly, but without that Sinclair's electric motors and folding bikes will go nowhere.
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
I'll stick with my Birdy...
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
Hopefully it'll be a bit more friendly than the Strida too, which I found to be a deeply scary thing to ride.
Jul. 9th, 2004 05:10 am (UTC)
Nice writeup, tho' you have an extra " on the end of the URL.

Terrifying looking things, both of them, to my mind, but I value function over form. Both of these vehicles - and even the Brompton - place the emphasis on the other side of the equation, inasmuch as they're poor bikes that fold well.
Jul. 8th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
WTF? Where the hell is the centre of gravity on that thing? It looks like it'd topple backwards if you tried to cycle uphill.

Jul. 8th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Amusing, but looks awfully uncomfortable!
Jul. 9th, 2004 12:54 am (UTC)
Let's see: a high center of gravity, teensy pedals, even tinier wheels to trip over every sidewalk crack, an almost 1:1 gear ratio, a narrow wheel base to amplify uneven terrain, and next to no yaw to help maintain balance. Unless that thing has several helpings of exotic electronics to mitigate all these problems, I think it is going to head toward a proper obscurity.

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