Cycling. I have tried it, but it hasn’t ever quite succeeded in becoming my dominant means of getting about. I think it has something to do with my clumsiness and lack of knowledge of the road rules. And maybe that time I fell off my bike face-first, trying to smoothly glide from road to sidewalk at high speed, scraping the skin off both of my palms…However, I admire cyclists immensely. The people who hop on these two wheels with nothing but their bodies to propel them onwards, wedged amongst fast mean cars of steel, are heroes in my eyes.
With the general populace becoming more aware of the drawbacks of oil dependance, and keen on becoming more healthy and fit, cycling has become increasingly popular. We have also seen bicycles become a fixation in the design world. From wooden frames, to slick minimal designs, to the tech-savvy machines, we’ve seen them all in the past couple of years. The Kit Bike, by Bangalore based Lucid Design, offers something different. As the name suggests, it can be dismantled into parts and reassembled back to tip-top shape in around 10 minutes. The wheels attach to the frame on one side, allowing it to lean against a wall for easy assembly. Other features include powder-coated aluminium tubes, beige rubber tyres and easy-lock joints. The 21 parts come neatly packed inside a round leather backpack. For most regular commuters this may not be entirely practical, but the Kit Bike would be mighty handy for a weekend away. Or just use it as a regular day-to-day bike—it’s a clean, minimal fixie—a hipster’s dream.
Lucid Design have won a 2014 Red Dot Award for this concept bicycle. There are, sadly, no plans to put this into production yet, and the structural integrity of design would need to be thoroughly tested. Still, the idea opens up new possibilities for portable bikes.