You probably noticed that this sketch looks a lot like a rendering that I already posted (which is now in the header). This was one of the quick sketches leading up to the rendering. One element in this one that I like is the little rear fender integrated into the frame. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be molded into the frame; maybe it could just be a secondary part that continues the form. An integrated fender like this could provide minimal protection from water on the road and could possibly improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the bike. Maybe it would not really be a marketable feature on a high-end road bike, but I could see it working on an upscale city bike. In that case the fender could extend further and include a rear rack. I’ll sketch it out and post the idea later. Stay tuned.
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