With growing environmental awareness over the last few years, there has been an emphasis on the usage of bikes as well as their complimentary accessories... one of which is the bike rack. After several design competitions aimed towards creating the ultimate bike rack, we have ended up with one that is still prone to vandalism, theft and does not accommodate a large number of bikes.
But that is all coming to an end because who needs bike racks when you can just simply wrap your bike around a lamp post or telephone pole? With its double function as a bike and a lock, 21 year old Kevin Scott's design aims to decrease problems with bike theft. By incorporating a ratchet system in the top and down tubes, riders simply push a lever on the seat tube to cause the bike's frame to collapse. At this point, it will be flexible enough to bend around a pole and the user can slide the handlebar into the bicycle seat, locking the two together.
Kevin Scott is currently looking for financial partners and sponsors to help fund his project, but I don't think that'll be a problem. Afterall, if this bike is put into production, it'll help save money on what would have been spent on funding more bike rack competitions and useless bike rack designs!
Although still in its developmental stage, the question remains whether or not consumers will be able to accept this new innovation or will the design fail to overpower the skepticism people may have over the safety of the rigid-flexible bike frame?