Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor of the pocket calculator and the nigh-on-legendary Sinclair personal computer, has unveiled a new, folding bicycle design he's calling the 'A-Bike.' To be launched in 2005, the 12-pound bike can be folded and unfolded in around 20 seconds and rides on tiny, air-filled tires. The idea is (if it weren't obvious) to provide a cheapish alternative to full-sized bikes that can be folded up and taken with you wherever you go, although the $300 price is considerable more than it would cost to purchase a capable, if basic, street bicycle and chain. Still, I am intrigued. Portable urban transportation is one of my new pet pastimes, and the A-bike would be much easier to recharge than the electric scooters I've been eyeing (they sell pizza almost everywhere). (Thanks, Tim!)
Read - Clive Sinclair peddles world's smallest folding bike [Yahoo (Reuters)]
More folding bikes inside.
Apparently, there is a bigger folding bike world than I first thought. "Bike Friday" has a nice-looking product, although their site seems to be down (there is a Google cache, though. Thanks, Dan!)
Read - Product Page [Google]
Then there's the Strida, which Matt and Steven both told me about, and I have to say, it looks even better than the A-bike, and it's only $300, too. If I weren't so terminally broke saving up for another, light-projecting toy, I'd probably throw down the cash on one.
Read - Product Page [Strida]