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  • This self initiated major project was undertaken in the final year of my undergraduate course. I set out to design a public use rental bike that encouraged non-cyclists into the saddle within a city environment, which conformed to the cradle to cradle design criteria in order to discover if it is a feasible design methodology.

    The design overcomes the main deterrents that keep the average non-cyclist out of the saddle. As a "public-use" bicycle it is very cheap to use, as safe as any well accessorised privately owed bicycle, maintenance free, and yet retains a crisp, contemporary appearance that appeals to young and old alike.

    The bike combines cutting edge manufacturing techniques, such as precision sand casting to create a unique semi-hollow cast alloy frame, with classic detailing such as enclosed fenders and chain guard, essential for avoiding snagging clothes. 16" wheels with Kevlar tires, weather proof drum brakes and a three speed hub combined with a Kevlar greaseless belt create a hassle free, low maintenance bike that is perfect for urban riding. The bicycle has been designed around the "sit up and beg" riding position for comfort and is intended to be easy to hop on and off. A hinged rear mono arm chain stay which rests on a rubber spring, alongside a classically styled sprung saddle help smooth out bumps. Neodymium magnets built in to the wheels power front and rear LED lights and indicators. The indicators and a mirror make for a safer ride. A unique lock is also incorporated into the bike, if cut it locks the steering rendering the bicycle unrideable.

    Local authorities/advertisers pay for the installation of the bicycles and carryout any necessary maintenance. Users only pay a nominal fee. The solar powered docking stations are designed to fit on any standard public use bicycle rack reducing overall instillation costs for the system while allowing existing cyclists to lock up their own bikes.

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