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Scalyfish Designs’ Bicymple is a Super-Compact, Chainless Bicycle That Can Travel Sideways

Posted By Mark Boyer On October 13, 2012 @ 11:55 am In Bicycles,Gallery,Green Transportation,Innovation | 4 Comments

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The Bicymple isn’t the first attempt to reinvent the bicycle we’ve seen; just a few weeks ago we discovered the Fliz bike [4], a pedal-less bike based on the concept of a velocipede [5]. And while it’s easy to dismiss the Fliz concept as impractical, experimental design, the Bicymple appears to be both unique and highly functional. “More than just a stylish concept bike, the bicymple is comfortable, easy to ride, and brilliantly simple to maintain,” writes Scalyfish Designs. “The lightweight design and short wheelbase make for a nimble ride. The optional rear-steer mode is remniscent of custom ‘swing bikes’ and allows tighter turns and ‘crab-riding.'”

As the designers point out, moving the wheels closer together would make the Bicymple for city dwellers to store. And as anyone with a fixed-gear or single-speed bike will attest, the fewer components a bike has the easier it is to maintain; removing the chain takes away yet another thing that can break. The Bicymple is still in development, and Scalyfish working on production and distribution models. And so far a price for the bike hasn’t been released.

+ Bicymple [6]

+ Scalyfish Designs [1]

via Notcot [7] and Discovery [8]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Scalyfish Designs: http://www.scalyfishdesigns.com/

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/scalyfish-designs-bicymple-is-a-super-compact-chainless-bicycle/bicymple-2/?extend=1

[3] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXmBrD4b4EI

[4] Fliz bike: http://inhabitat.com/the-fliz-concept-bike-trades-pedals-for-foot-power/

[5] velocipede: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velocipede

[6] + Bicymple: http://www.bicymple.com/

[7] Notcot: http://www.notcot.org/post/50571/

[8] Discovery: http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/ultra-compact-chainless-bicycle-simplified-the-bicymple.html

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