Connect

Commuter, Concept 3 2

One of the entries that we received in the commuter bike competition was this one called “Connect” by David Boyce. This bike design locks into a proprietary rack by way of a mechanism that is integrated into the frame. To me, this idea just didn’t really fit the competition’s design brief, but I want to pass it along anyway. Maybe something like this could work for a City bike sharing program or something like that. Any thoughts?

Read more about this concept from the designer in his own words:

CONNECT
Get on your bike, Get connected

User Research
“Cycle theft is the single greatest deterrent to cycling use after the fears over road safety.”
The Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions (
www.bikeoff.org)

The biggest issues are the quality of cycle related infrastructure and the types of locks being used. People are purposely buying inexpensive bikes to reduce the temptation of them being stolen.

Solution
The CONNECT bike scheme tackles the causes of bike crime in two unique ways. Firstly the bike itself has been simplified and devalued making it perfect for people who are looking for ease of use over performance. Combining this with its iconic and easily recognisable shape means it holds no value for the thief, removing the desire for it to be stolen. A “coasting” gearing system, similar to that produced by Shimano, gives three gears, perfectly designed for city use. Stop the bike by applying backwards pressure to the pedals. Secondly the CONNECT bike is designed to lock directly into the CONNECT bike racks. Their fixed location allows the locks to be much more substantial than a rider could carry. A unique key allows the user to lock into the racks whilst the rack loops over the front wheel to keep it secure.

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3 Comments

  1. Amitav Roy March 1, 2009 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    well well, a blog obn bicycle design. quite a unique blog i should say and the concept design is also looking very nice. i hope they are released in the market and that we can get our habnds on them
    thanks for the post man
    Maya, Max, Photoshop Tutorials

  2. Anonymous March 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    An impressive part of the competition imo has been the high standard of presentation of the entries. Would anyone care to say what software was used please? Thanks.

  3. David April 4, 2009 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    The Design was modelled in SolidWorks then rendered in HyperShot by Bunkspeed.

    Althought it would have been nice to make it into the final 6 I would like to thank James for featuring my work.

    Cheers.

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