Kit Bike by Lucid Design
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Indian company Lucid Design has created a conceptual "bike in a bag" that would quickly dismantle into parts to fit into a backpack (+ movie).

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

The full-size Kit Bike by Lucid Design would be assembled from a series of 21 parts that twist and lock together.



"Conventional bikes are awkward in every way except when you ride them," the company's creative director, Amit Mirchandani, told Dezeen. "The Kit Bike was designed to make problems of shipping, traveling with and commuting with a bike, a thing of the past."

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

Hollow aluminium tubes would make up the frame, locking together via a series of joints that would twist together using a rotating mechanism and be secured with a key.

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

"The entire bike can be assembled or dismantled from one side making the process extremely simple and quick," said Mirchandani.

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

The minimal white, diamond-shaped frame would attach to the steel wheel hubs on one side, so the bike could be assembled or disassembled while rested against a wall.

"It's simple, minimal and cool, unlike folding bikes that tend to be complex," Mirchandani said.

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

Leather is proposed for the seat and the handlebar grips would be made from cork.

The parts would pack away into a circular leather backpack, which features two compartments on each side for the wheels and a central section for the other components.

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

Lucid Design currently has no plans to produce the bike, but may consider it in the future.

The project received a Red Dot 2014 Design Award earlier this month.

Kit Bike by Lucid Design

Designers often create new visions for cycling, with recent ideas including a high-tech version of the first pedalled bicycle and a "smart" bike that gives directions with flashing lights and vibrating safety alerts.

  • Maciej

    Nice looking but I don’t see it being sturdy enough.

    • Erik Schwan

      I don’t see why the would omit a seat tube except to try and make it a little lighter and a lot more flexible, aka cheap and crappy to ride.

  • schloo

    Never seen such bullsh*t.

  • Guest

    It would be great if this worked, but wouldn’t it just collapse in reality? Is it based on any working prototypes?

  • Raving Elk

    They obviously know nothing about material properties that are used here. It’s either gonna be incredibly heavy or unbelievably flexible, because the smaller the diameter of a tube, the more material you need to make it stiff enough. And how does it steer?

    • Cantolivre

      I just noticed that! Or brake?

  • Alun

    “The project received a Red Dot 2014 Design Award” and “Lucid Design currently has no plans to produce the bike”.

    Makes one wonder a) what on earth the award was for, and also b) what on earth the value of this award is.

    I also see that the Nikon Df received a Red Dot…

  • Cantolivre

    “It’s simple, minimal and cool, unlike folding bikes that tend to be complex,” ?! Breaking down an entire bike verses flicking a few levers? Hardly simple compared to a normal folding bike.

  • Ralph Kent

    Why has dezeen even published this? Bike frames have been composed around triangles for quite some time now (as opposed to a parallelogram). Do you reckon there might be a reason for that?

  • adit

    Red Dot award? For a concept that’s got a long, long way to go before it can be realised?

  • Teddy

    Agreed, total bs. My design juries would have torn this limb from limb.

  • Slinko Malinko

    Why is this on Dezeen? It’s awful, any design student can make a CAD model of a bike. No thought has gone into this design at all. Look how flimsy it is – does the designer even know what a bike is? Do they understand stress and material properties? And furthermore, how has this won any design award?

  • dbot

    Let alone the default Michael Young headlight in the front tube.

  • Logan

    Just look at that ridiculous gear ratio. Good luck pedalling over 10 mph on this thing… although I probably wouldn’t feel safe riding it much faster.

  • Blizzardofid

    No greater proof needed that Red Dot will give you the award if you come up with the money :)

  • wizardofid

    This is wrong on so many fronts. The first, ‘conventional’ bicycles are NOT awkward. They are beautiful machines, even the foldable ones.

    Second, the designer – not a cyclist, clearly – has trouble differentiating between products that are pure surface (with technology being amorphous) and products where the beauty is in the structure.

    Third, Red Dot is clearly in it for the money.

    Fourth, Dezeen’s writer (and editors) trust Red Dot over their own better judgement. Like technology products, cycles are getting dematerialised i.e. the anorexia that surrounds performance will strip them to just enough material to keep the groupsets, cassettes and chains in place, and for the human anatomy to control posture and machine.

  • Leo Moriarty

    Sorry to go against the flow, but there is a strong CONCEPT on show here. All the observations are also valid.

    The concept needs development to work. The frame would almost certainly need the missing seat tube. Aluminium is a strange material choice over something like carbon fibre. Cork for handlebars seems a quaint choice too. Braking could easily be accommodated with a back-pedal mechanism. This could also house a small dynamo to light the bike. The design of the steering mechanism could be resolved.

    Motorcycles with single-sided swinging arms and single-sided front forks are already available, and can be successfully designed to avoid the machine being off balance if the mass is redistributed appropriately elsewhere on the machine.

    I stopped cycling in Dublin after the theft of one too many well-locked bikes. If this design was properly developed I would pay a lot of money to return to cycling without that worry.

    • omnicrom

      There are plenty of single-sided fork designs out there for push bikes too and I’m guessing the designer here intended the bike to be a fixed gear, removing the need for regular brakes (in theory, let’s not open that can of worms). As you point out, it’s definitely not one of the worst bike concepts I’ve seen on Dezeen lately, that’s for sure.

    • Concerned Citizen

      Maybe the issues brought up by others can be resolved, maybe not. That does not devalue their remarks. The point is that the device is not ready for publication because it has not been thought through.

      • Leo Moriarty

        By definition.

  • Emanuele Piz

    It’s a rendering, no?

  • Joeri Reynaert

    Apart from the structural flaws, I can’t see why nobody even questions the concept. “The Kit Bike was designed to make problems of shipping, traveling with and commuting with a bike, a thing of the past.” It is clearly making the problems worse!

    People complain if they have to assemble an Ikea chair made of six pieces. Have fun assembling and disassembling your 20 piece bike every day, when commuting to work. What is this uttermost stupid idea doing on Dezeen? It could be the (I have to admit) clean and balanced looks of the bike, it could be the nice movie, it could be the red dot award. A good design takes into consideration every single element of a very complex requirement matrix that stretches far beyond functionality. So please start with getting that one functional element right.

  • ajtakrajta

    I am saying goodbye Dezeen, this is last article I am reading here. You have no idea about what a good design is. Shame on you.

  • http://www.dezeen.com/ Dezeen Magazine

    Hi Ajtakrajta,

    We can’t please everyone. Sorry to see you go.

    Kind regards,

    Ross/Dezeen

  • HJ

    Just love it, that minty brick facade is gorgeous!

  • A very frustrated graduate

    That’s it. I’m done. I, like thousands of other industrial design students, haven’t spent four years grafting my backside off and being constantly told my ideas won’t work only to see that this heinous excuse for a resolved product not only won a bloody Red Dot award, but also got a write up from one of the biggest design magazines in the world.

    My god I’m losing faith. Someone pinch me and wake me up from this nightmare.

  • sherlock

    How long might it need to put it back together again? Dezeen’s comments are harsh but true… if this thing needs 30 minutes to take it down and put it back I’m not gonna use it.

  • http://everyoneassociates.com Alan

    This is both hilarious and ridiculous in equal measure. It certainly redefines the term ‘collapsible’ bike.

  • industrial designer

    Everyone before was right. Nice image, but it can’t work. Impossible to use. No understanding whatsoever of mechanical principles. Just a dream which could inspire someone, and that is the only good part about it. I received a few Red Dots but this one makes me wonder haha.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Who would spend 20 minutes out in the dark, in the rain trying to put together all these tiny pieces?

  • Ol

    Another stupid bike concept.

  • Bri

    Listen, it is a nice exercise. But the seat-tube functions and exists for a reason.

    I feel the research about why a bicycle looks the way it does through it’s geometry has been neglected. Just by sitting on it, the wheelbase will stretch and eventually collapse (a basic example). Red dot concept OK, but not for production and actually to be used – not by a long shot. Needs testing.

  • Timothy Reagan

    “Does not intend to produce”, as in there is no ****ing way anyone could ride this thing.

  • joeyrobots

    Ah, design sans physics.

  • Ollie

    This demonstrates total misunderstanding and ignorance of the basic structural principles of a bicycle frame. If, by some sort of divine intervention, this bike could support the weight of the rider it would be “wibbly wobbly” to the extreme. Tedious.

  • hopeful

    More of these types of projects on Dezeen please. We are having a right old laugh and lapping up the comments.

  • Anthony

    This highlights the problem with proto – design where people have no real investment industry. Instead they scour the internet looking for trends and draw ‘inspiration’ from a variety of places and create objects that lack any kind of clarity in concept. In its place stands a facade of good design from a variety of mediums designed (excuse the pun) to wow people through the ever increasing, overwhelmingly abundance of work that is being showcased in the internet age.

  • Gorbie

    Well done, you’ve “designed” out one of the most fundamental tubes on a bicycle and managed to slim down every other tube alongside putting in twist joints. I think folding bikes, as you say, “tend to be complex” for a reason.

  • Ben

    This project is a complete discredit to the Lucid Design studio. They sound arrogant and have put zero effort towards, research, engineering or innovation. They literally designed the world’s most honest machine (the bicycle) to be useless.

  • NYC biker

    I personally think this is a fabulous idea that legitimises my own designs for the bicycle that I am currently working on. My bike also is made of aluminium that works with a series of joints that twist together.

    My concept takes this a step further as my aluminium poles come attached to my tent. So I can relax in the comfort of my downy sleeping bag as I roll past all the other cyclists in my design-winning bike.

  • Edmunds Cycles

    Stopped the video at “frame made from aluminium. Those tubes are FAR to narrow for aluminium. Steel or Ti yes. I also fail to see how a belt drive would work as a fixie. Drive train is on the wrong side as it should be nearest the rear tubing to reduce toque flex as you put the power down. Damnit, who are these fools?!

  • Yonatan

    What is this, Ikea?!