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"This Way" by Torkel Döhmers

We seem to be focussing on bikes at the moment. I wouldn't usually feature another bicycle quite so quickly but I just saw this and think that it definitely merits an airing! How fab is this?

Conceptual? Yes. Sexy? Definitely! Practical? Time will tell I guess.

This Way BikeTorkel Döhmers' "This Way" concept has just been chosen as the winning entry in the “Commuter Bike for the Masses” competition.

Torkel comments "I have made an emphasis on automotive qualities in the design, to attract non-previous cyclists used to cars and motorcycles.

Another selling point to attract more people to riding a bike, especially here in Europe, is weather protection - the bike has a roof!"

Built in composite materials (carbon or flax fibre) and hydro-formed aluminium, this vehicle is very lightweight (approximate 11-12kg), has built-in LED lights front and rear powered by a rechargeable battery that gets its power from solar cells on the roof. The bike has a built-in belt drive. Riding position is lower than a traditional bike to keep a low centre of gravity and for optimal aerodynamics.

This Way Bike ConceptIn the rear of the frame is a "luggage connector", where the user plugs-in his or her attaché bag. The design also benefits from flexibility and comfort for riders of different sizes, as the crankset and seat is adjustable in length and height.

Although this design is more expensive to manufacture compared to its traditional rivals, it is still just a fraction of the buying price of cars and zero in running costs...

On the basis of what I have seen so far I absolutely love it and might well be the first in the queue when and if it does go into production!

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