Remove the chains; elongate the seat space and compact the handle bars and what are you left with? One the most innovative and practical ways to travel in the bustling streets of Sydney!
Joey Ruiter of J-Ruiter Studio’s has accumulated the most essential needs for city travellers and created the ‘Minimal City Bike’. Their project, ‘Simplicity in inner City Bicycling’, was directed at people living within an inner city environment; ‘The project ended up rethinking what a ‘frame’ meant, getting rid of basic key components and creating a new type of compact bicycling’ comments the designer.
The basic components of the bike may vary between designs but the basic elements include 29” rims, two Big Apple tyres and a single front disc brake. The difference between this bike and generic bicycles is so polarised that it doesn’t even have a chain! The lack of a chain makes issues about chain catching completely in the past. The frame is sleek and space efficient. It enables manoeuvring between cars, quirky street alleys and crowds of people a breeze. A direction of power implemented within the rear wheel enables going over curbs and other city obstacles trouble-free, as well as excellent brakes for the common stop/start traffic motion.
Keeping in mind that their target is up-market, style conscious city slickers, not Olympian bicycle speed racers, the design reflects a minimalistic approach. Taking inspiration from the ‘hobby horse’ it is designed as a reliable yet stylish way to travel, opposed to high speed, technology infused transport.
Although the bike may not be the adrenaline junkies’ choice of movement within the city, it caters to the majority of style conscious, eco-friendly city lovers by providing a sleek, easy and stylish way to travel in some of the busiest parts of the City.
For more information visit http://www.innercitybikes.com/