The Contortionist Bike Is Compact, Bendy and Oddly Sexy, Like an Actual Contortionist

I don't care that the Contortionist bike looks like it would crumple after your first curb hop, or that lugging a 26-inch wheel isn't that much more convenient than wheeling a bike. I just want to watch it fold, forever.

Designed by a 24-year-old student from London, the bike's claim to greatness is its ability to fold within the circumference one of its wheels. He claims he designed it because he "couldn't find a folding bicycle I liked," and he "wanted something that could take a bit of punishment and that you could have fun with." I'm with him until the "take a bit of punishment" part, because this thing looks about as trailworthy as a collapsible lawn chair.


You might also notice that the pedals don't seem to be connected to anything, and, well, you'd be right. As someone who has watched this breakdown clip about 30 times, completely mesmerized, I'm going to say that's a minor technicality. [Sky News]