All photos: Tony Kyriacou/Rex Features
We've seen a plethora of ways for securing bikes against theft, but this might be the most creative. The whole bike bends around a suitable post to become, in effect, the loop through which the bike is secure
This out-of-the-box thinking was an idea of Kevin Scott, 21, a British final year Product Design student at De Montfort University. His design is, which we are ecstatic to see far beyond some Computer Aided Design (CAD) rendering, and appears to be a real life working prototype. For which he scored a Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award.
Kevin has said he intends "to use the [£500] prize money to outsource production of some of the key components to allow for full testing."I am now going to take this forward to produce a fully resolved solution and hopefully this will be a stepping stone into a career in the bike designing industry."
According to the Daily Mail newspaper 52 bicycles are stolen in London daily.
And it was such theft that Kevin set out to mitigate by design a bike that didn't need special bike racks to be locked up to
Quoted in the Scotsman, Kevin remarks: "I chose to address the area of security, and the design itself developed to use existing objects in the city, like lampposts and sign posts, instead of needing specialist installations by the council to lock onto." He goes to explain how the bike functions: "It's an existing frame for the front and back section and the bendable section is made out of a series of glass-filled nylon section."
Built into the seat post of the bike frame is a ratchet system that tensions the glass nylon tubes into a rigid frame for riding, or releases them for lamp post wrapping.
A possible added benefit of the design is that the bike appears like it can be 'folded' or bent for stowage in the home, office or on public transport.
Any bicycle-based benefactors wanting to help Kevin Scott bring his design to market might be able to reach him through the De Montfort University, as noted above.
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