James at Bicycle Design tips us off to a bike idea that Warren missed: The TATO bike with its "CSSB system (Central Storage System for Bicycles): a new bicycle concept. The volume for transport is centrally located, easy to access, and protects well-transported objects. The position of the objects lowers the center of gravity, improving the stability of the vehicle."
Designer Jean-Louis Francescotti continues:
"When riding a bicycle, how should you transport your belongings? A backpack makes you sweat and hurts your back. Rear and front carriers make your bike difficult to ride and park. But the CSSB system, which is integrated into the structure of the bike frame, does not have these inconveniences. The rider is freed from any weight on his or her body. No need to use accessories to secure items, they are simply inserted from the top and do not require any attachment. They are closer to the center of the bicycle and to the ground, making the ride safer."
It is true what he says about backpacks, and I would never put my Macbook on my rear carrier. James is concerned about knee clearance, but concludes that "the CSSB system is an interesting idea that might work pretty well for short commutes." If only it weren't so inelegant- that is a lot of metal. More at Tato via BicycleDesign
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