30 July 2012
Young designer puts a new twist on folding bicycle idea
Kevin Scott, 21, designed the space-age bike that wraps around a lamp post so it can be locked-up safely - without the need for a lock or chain.
The De Montfort University graduate used a ratchet system built into the frame of the bike to allow it to wrap around a pole, enabling the lock to be wrapped through both wheels and the frame.
Securing all the bike's components within the lock was his aim in creating the new bike. It also allows the bike to be stored in small spaces.
The frame can be ratcheted tight to allow the bike to be ridden like a normal bike, but it can be quickly loosened to allow the frame to be bent back on itself.
As such, finding a spot to lock it up on London's busy streets is a cinch - you simply wrap it around the nearest lamppost.
Mr Scott's creation is currently on show at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London.
He is hoping that his unusual cycle will catch the eye of a bike loving backer who will enable him to develop it further.
More than 52 bikes are stolen in London every day, according to official figures.
A total of 23,748 bikes were reported stolen in London in 2009-10 — up 27.8 per cent on the previous financial year — but police believe that the true figure could be double that.
Experts recommend that users should spend around 10 per cent of their bike's value on a decent lock - ideally two - and always lock it to a solid object through the frame.