A Bike Invention – Variation On A Theme
Recycling is sometimes called a Best Friend of the Planet. Does that include recycling bike invention ideas too?
While wasting time browsing YouTube this “Incredible Bike Invention” video caught my attention. Not because I think the things shown are so great, but because the “String Bike” is so similar to the “Alenex” of a previous post about Bicycle Industry Innovation. What was Old is New again — but different.
Watch the video, and fast forward to 5:03 which is the start of the “String Bike” presentation. You will notice right away that there are some big differences between this new “String Bike” and the older “Alenex” — especially in the pedal motion, but you will also see similarities in the drive concept and shift concept presented. This is a great example of innovation through combining ideas of the past with some added new insights.
The “String Bike” presentation starts at 5:03 on the timeline.
The Art In Bike Invention
I don’t believe the concepts shown in the Alenex or the String Bike will change much in the world. At their heart, they’re interesting, but not so practical. A lot of complication in the mechanisms is both admirable and concerning. Yet, looking beyond the big picture, these prototypes are really a work of art.
Hat’s off to the effort and creativity bringing the idea from first concept to the usable prototypes in the video. Because Innovative Design and Product Development is at our heart, and because we work (often) in the bicycle industry, we recognize the hard work and attention to detail demonstrated in this level of prototype. Look closely at the pieces. There are some clever ideas — especially in the details of solving some challenges. The bikes in the video represent many hours of thought, design, work and and attention. I’m impressed with the effort.
And, it’s thorough. Looking at the front wheel drive implementation starting in the video at 9:56, is intriguing. That may be the most interesting application of this bike invention.
I don’t know, but I’d guess this is from one inventor (maybe two), and a lot of personal resources. The innovative spirit is alive in this bike invention, but I wonder about the business case for it. Indeed, that’s the wonder and the value of freedom to pursue our dreams in spite of what others may or may not see.
Kudos to the inventor, and Thanks for putting up the video.