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The Bicymple is as Simple as a Bike Gets

by Conner Flynn

Forget all of the complicated parts on your bicycle. The gears,the chain,the frame. Sure, they seem important, but you really don’t need them. The Bicymple is as uncomplicated as a bike can get.


What you see here is a working prototype created by Josh Bechtel of Scalyfish Designs. You won’t find the usual frame here, or gears or even the sprockets and chain. This is basically not much more than two unicycles slapped together. Its steel frame is just two minimal bars that run above and between the two wheels.

By removing all of those extra parts, what remains is a simple no frills bike. A direct-drive, freewheeling hub joins the crank arm axis with the rear-wheel axis, shortening the wheelbase and minimizing the design. The front wheel has a standard disc brake mechanism on it. Simple. What do you think? Would you ride it? It doesn’t look very comfortable to me.

[via Likecool]




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Comments (2):

  1. Jarad says:

    I could see a few problems with this. It would be difficult to get any sort of speed with this since it’s basically a 1:1 gear ratio. If the direct drive had changeable gears (I’m thinking a mechanism like a car transmission only smaller) that might make this design much more viable. Make it ultra lightweight and portable and you’ve got a solid design on your hands! Thoughts?

  2. jim says:

    Looks super dumb to me – judging on so called “simplicity” and the ever important issue of real world functionality. Looks like a jacked up circus trick bike put together by trust fund bike enthusiast design school grads. Why on earth would anyone build a bike with a rear wheel that turns in and out of the plane defined by the frame in the same manner as the front wheel. Are they trying to make it harder to keep it from crashing?

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