Most Simple Frame. No Chain. Ouch.

jruiter1jruiter2When, like me, you obsessively research all new design ideas on 2 wheels you find everything from the best function with the poorest design to the ultimate design, which is always simplicity, with the poorest ergonomic factor, and of course everything between.

But it doesn’t matter so much because if not successful at the 1st try, designers as a group still end up improving all our products. As a design exercise, look at this inner city bicycle whose frame has only 2 members and is not using any chain or belt. The rider is the driveline with, it seems to me, almost all his weight pushing on the bars. Talk about an exercise in stripping something down to its core, and a painful biking experience for the rider… And if you want to know how a minimalist website looks, just jump to Jruiter.

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9 Responses to “Most Simple Frame. No Chain. Ouch.”


  1. 1 Dave Blevins Dec 30th, 2009 at 8:10 am

    A unicycle with a forward wheelie bar!

  2. 2 Fluke Dec 30th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Same size tall skinny tires front and rear? check,
    Really uncomfortable looking seat? check,
    No effective suspension? check,
    Uncomfortable riding position? check
    Triumph of form over any real world function? check

    stick a little engine on it and it will be a strong contender for next years AMD world championship.

  3. 3 john reed Dec 30th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    not another million dollar bike?

  4. 4 Arlene the Biker Queen Dec 30th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Hey Fluke, you forgot this beauty from Chris Bangle, ex-BMW: “Context over dogma” — check!

  5. 5 hoyt Dec 30th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Interesting idea. It looks like the cranks are short in length because of the location of the foot at 270+ degrees of rotation. Never thought of that similar problem a unicycle faces until seeing the above picture

  6. 6 ian Dec 30th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    yes – i like this – i ride a pedal bike (when i have been drinking and need to collect my car) and this would fit in the boot (trunk) nicely. Not sure how it would handle with my hangover though.

  7. 7 Kevin Dec 31st, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I saw that and instantly thought engine in hub
    ie. electric engine. Just like the cars are moving to.
    Motorcycles could really benefit from that technology,
    I think.

  8. 8 Lyle from Canada Dec 31st, 2009 at 9:58 am

    This would be great if they used a planetary gearbox in the hub offering several ratios and that new Solo Harley seat

  9. 9 jatinder pal Jan 1st, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Pure simple and to the point…very cool.

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