Gallery: Full Circle is a Cute Big-Wheeled Folding Bike Sans Chain

 

For all you folding bike enthusiasts out there – the Full Circle, an entry in Seoul Cycle Design Competition, may make your city commute easier and more stylish. Unlike most folding bikes, this one — designed by Sanghyun Jeong and Jun-Tae Park — has got nice big wheels to make navigation easier. When you fold it up, there’s no chain to muck things up; instead, it uses free wheel gear. Folded, it rolls behind you like futuristic luggage.

Do you think the Full Circle would improve your commute?

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  1. grajasekar September 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

    If anyone\\\\\\\’s interested the wikipedia article for a freewheel gear is here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freewheel

    I did build something similar for a small college project regarding power conservation once a long time ago. Not a bicycle, but using a freewheel gear system.

    Anyway, this looks rad, don\\\\\\\’t know how well it actually works though.

  2. ir September 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Looks cool but does not work.
    You just can’t put pedals on a front wheel(or the it’s axis)there is to much pedal induced steer.
    Now if it was on the rear wheel, then no problems,
    sort of a monocycle with a front training wheel ;)
    But as said, 1:1 ratio is silly.Dose look like ~20″ wheels,
    so it’ll be good for a cruising speed of 5-8km/h, so indeed, one would be better off walking ;-p
    It needs gearing, at least an internally geared monocycle hub to make it work.
    Or just make it a “walk-bike” :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO3EiOp6EQA

  3. dim September 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    it looks like you have to take your feet off the pedals to steer?
    what do they mean by “free wheel gear”? the sprockets on a conventional bike magnifies the pedal motion so that the wheels are spinning much faster than the pedals making it an extremely efficient form of travel. there doesn’t seem to be that here. it appears to be a 1:1 ratio between the pedaling and wheel spin so basically it’s just as effecient to walk.

  4. Tiptheplanet September 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This is so cool! Although I wouldn’t use the adjective cute to describe it. It’s more like cool or modern-looking. I’d buy this if I can afford it and I’ll use it whenever I can. The fact that you can pull it around like a luggage is just so awesome.

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