When, 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.