High-concept Designs Illustrate a Future by Bike

Are these high-concept designs a peek into our future or destined to be forgotten?

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Could These Concepts Become Reality?

Are these high-concept designs a peek into the future of two-wheeld travel or are they destined to be forgotten?

Will we be bypassing congested streets on high wires?

Will riders share messages on our backs?

Can we pay for bus rides with power generated by e-bikes?

Will we start rolling on cardboard or riding on minimalist folding e-bikes and tandems?

View the slideshow and have your say in the comments below.


  • Erik Nilsson

    Could these bikes become reality? Of course not. They are all examples of “concept” bikes from people who have no idea how bikes actually work and why they are the way they are.

    This slideshow is noteworthy in that it includes two bikes with hubless wheels. The normal rule is, you only need one of those per “bike of the future” feature article. Regardless, do I have to explain why hubless wheels are never going to be practical? There is nothing “new” about this idea. They look “futuristic” because they are, in a word, impractical. Hubless bike wheels have a bearing surface that is 2 meters long, and every single bit of that bearing has to be very strong and stiff, yet flexible enough to absorb the bumps that the spokes are not there to take. That’s all straightforward, if you like your wheels to cost more and weigh more than an entire bicycle.

    That leaves a cardboard bike that is best described as a hoax, because the designer claims it will be all made of cardboard, but the single prototype he has shown is cardboard wrapped around conventional components. Oh, and an electric bike that is neither buildable nor rideable, from a designer of pretty fantasies who is “admittedly not an engineer.”

    Oh, and a backpack.

    Awesome. You know, there are real people who are building real bikes that are actually interesting. This is a collection of CAD drawings and conceptual prototypes of things that will not work. Will. Not. Work.

    Any idiot with a CAD program and ignorance of how bikes are actually built and ridden can make a “bike of the future.” Stop giving these people attention. They aren’t designing any future for anyone.

  • farrbott

    I want all these bikes, impossible to choose but the london garden bike is so blade runner i must have it. The back pack i need now.

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