Designed by Portland-based company Industry, in partnership with Ti Cycles, the ‘Solid‘ bike is intended as the “ultimate urban utility bike”, and the world’s “first connected, 3D-printed titanium lifestyle bike.” Pretty lofty goals for a mode of transportation that has been consistently evolving for over a century—but this lightweight, simple angular cycle and it’s accompanying smart technology might just live up to the hype.
Solid’s creators aim was to create a cycle that could encourage any novice to hop on two wheels and confidently navigate the roads. As a result it has an exceptionally simple, user-friendly look and feel—you change gears and switch lights on and off with nothing more that the push of a button.
Furthermore, all the guts of the bike, cables, shifters and wires are contained within the titanium frame. A bluetooth-connected module, which is powered by the act of peddling, connects to a smart phone app called “My Bike” which provides the cyclist with alerts as to when maintenance is required on the bike—say, if a light bulb has gone out. Then the rider can simply unscrew the titanium frame for >omplete access to the bikes innards.
A second app, My City, is particularly fascinating—it provides navigation that causes the handlebars to vibrate so as to alert the rider as to when and in which direction they have to turn—no distracting headphones for voice-guided gps, or awkward stop-starts as one looks at ones phone. At present this haptic navigation works only to provide five scenic tours around Portland, but it’s easy to imagine that this could pave the way for safe gps navigation for cyclists.