Right now we are reaching what seems to be a fever pitch as technology and hobbies blend together, pushing the niches ever forward. Cycling, in particular, has become one of the most common ways for people to get fit. From urban environments to rural areas, everyone wants to spend some time on a bicycle. Whether you want to forego travel health insurance or you just like the feel of two wheels on a road, cycling can be for you. Now that technology is changing the way that bicycles work we thought it would be great to see a few futuristic bicycle concepts. Many of these bikes will seem strange, improbable, or expensive — yet each one could become reality in the future. Keep reading to see ten of the most amazing futuristic bicycle concepts in production!
Eco 07 Compactible Urban Bike
Created by Victor Aleman, the Eco 07 Compactible bicycle could be a revelation for urban cyclists who need to be able to commute to and from work on their machines. The Eco 7 is a yellow-orange cycle with broad lines, dark colors, and futuristic looking wheels. It is a fixed gear style bike so it will require some familiarity with the style but it looks like it handles so well. The big draw for the Eco 7 is the fact that it compacts down to the size of a brief case. Imagine being able to take your full sized, sturdy fixie, into your office before dropping it down to fit in a little box underneath your desk. Pretty awesome right? With how much you’ll be riding this beast around you might need to take out some bicycle travel insurance before too long!
City Pedelec 24/7
Phillip Guenther wants to create bicycles that stand the test of time and that is the perspective he had upon designing the City Pedelec. The Pedelc is a futuristic looking bicycle that wouldn’t look out of place on an episode of the Jetsons or the SyFy Channel. Bright yellow with gray tires, seats, and handles the City Pedelec is a heavy duty bicycle designed to be utilized by numerous people all without breaking down. The gears, chains, and spokes are all hidden inside of the casing of the bike and the seats and pedals can be adjusted at will. There is a built in motor for leisure riding and a basket attached to the front for short term storage. The goal with the City Pedelec is to find its way into the rent-a-bicycle areas that major urban sprawls are beginning to employee. The sturdy build and quality components make this the perfect bike for constant usage by the public.
Minimalism has taken over much of the fashion and design world and there’s no doubt that the style is beginning to seep over into the cycling world. You’ll see many minimalist bikes on this list, but none more eye popping than the Artikar which was designed by Ben Wilson. The Artikar is a low to the ground, reclined seated bicycle with four wheels where the rider has their legs poised in the air in order to pedal. The wide frame of the cycle is supported by a color filled ring that encapsulates the rider. The neon lighting will make the car visible in track and the experience should replicate a relaxing, aerodynamic bike that can be taken on the road without any major qualms.
Bicycle purists need not apply, but the Honda U3-X might be ready to change how we get around on two wheels. Technically a unicycle, The Honda U3-X is a sleekly designed cycle that replicates the Segway, only for people who want to be a little more hands on with their travel. The unit is about the size of your standard computer tower and it is powered with a battery that allows the U3-X to hit speeds of up to 4 miles per hour. In order to operate the bicycle you merely unclip the device, sit on top of the seat, and then lean in the direction that you want to go. The machine takes care of the rest. The fact that the bike only goes 4 MPH shouldn’t really effect what you think of it and instead you should focus on the fact that the device is handheld and can be fit under your arm when you aren’t riding it. The U3-X could completely change mobilization for certain demographics of people.
Taurus Seatless Bike
Julia Meyer designed the Taurus No-Seat bicycle and she did it in order to appeal to those looking for the greatest work out possible on two wheels. While cycling is already an intense work out, Meyer cooked up a way to make your ride even more extreme. The first thing you’ll notice about the Taurus is that it doesn’t have a seat — and that’s intentional. By foregoing having a seat to relax on riders will be forced to stay posed and leaning forward, thus tightening up their core and increasing their physical exertion. You’ll get a better full body work out, including your legs, than ever before. Of course you’ll never be able to relax so this might find itself relegated to the fitness niche of the cycling world. Still, the Taurus looks really cool and there is no arguing with the physics of how the machine will work.
Folding Backpack Bicycle
For those of us who are in love with adventure, a great bicycle can be the keys to a long getaway out in nature. The only problem is that, eventually, you’ll want to walk around and see the sights for yourself. That is where the folding backpack bicycle by Bergmonch comes into play. This sharp and sturdy bicycle is built low to the ground with a sturdy frame, rugged tires, and high handle bars. The center, where your seat is, has a backpack rigged around it. When you are done cycling you can fold the lightweight unit up into the backpack before strapping it on your back. This lightweight machine can be folded in under two minutes, making for the perfect adventure bicycle.
Furious Sports Bike
Created by Nenad Kostadinov, the Furious Sports Bike pushes the traditional bicycle frame to the limit. This experimental design was perfected when Kostadinov removed both the top story and the down tube from the frame. The frame itself looks to be designed to last with thick bars and wide mechanics. The tires themselves look to be on the brink of the future. What makes this special looking bike even more innovative is the on board computer which you can access while riding. The computer tracks all of the traditional statistics that fitness enthusiasts would want to pay attention to: your speed, where you are at, and how many calories you have burned during your latest ride. Whether you are a pleasure rider or a more intense cyclist there are numerous reasons why you’d probably enjoy getting your hands on Kostadinov’s new design.
ThisWay – An All Weather Bicycle
We’ve always wanted a bicycle that we could take out into the rain but the designs that we’d come across all seemed rather clunky and hard to deal with. Designer Torkel Dohmers decided to get into the game when he designed ThisWay, an all weather bicycle. This two wheeled device is seated in a roofed cycling frame that is both transparent and wide enough to protect the rider from the majority of elements that they’d come across. While the design definitely looks fluid there are still understandable concerns that the heightened roof would turn the bike into a nightmare to keep balanced. We’re not completely sold on the design but if ThisWay ever makes it to market then it probably went t
Chris Boardman’s Theft Proof Bicycle
Chris Boardman designed the Theft Proof Bicycle likely as a response to all of those broken frames of bicycles that litter urban areas everywhere. The theft proof bicycle is an ultra minimalist unit that looks like something ripped straight out of Minority Report. Chris Boardman is an Olympic cyclist who designed the this bike with a built in solar battery to help riders get up those steep hills. There is also a fingerprint scanning device on the unit that prevents the bike from moving unless it matches that of the owner. For the tech lovers in all of us there is also a small computer built into the handlebars that effectively reads the major fitness related analytics that you’d want. Of all the futuristic bicycle concepts on this list, the Theft Proof Bicycle is most likely to take the longest to actually get to us. Boardman and his group of developers predict that it will take at least two decades before this cycle is ready to hit the marketplace. Until then we’ll just have to get by with our old lumps of metal in the garage.