David Roman Lieshout designs semi-foldable bicycle for small apartments
Dutch Design Week 2015: Design Academy Eindhoven graduate David Roman Lieshout's prototype bicycle has individually foldable components that help it fit into compact storage areas.
Created for city dwellers who live in small homes, the Corridor prototype has been designed to be lightweight, for ease of carrying up stairs, and semi-foldable.
"As cities are growing in popularity, housing is becoming increasingly compact and journeys more local," said Lieshout.
"The majority of bicycles however, are still designed from a suburb point of view where you have the luxury of a shed or a garden to store your bicycle. Corridor is designed for cities while preserving a rich cycling experience."
The top tube of the Corridor bike has a rounded section that can be hooked over the cyclist's shoulder while being carried, and which also fits onto an accompanying wooden hook so the bike can be hung on the wall.
Although the frame of the bike is similar in size to most other standard cycles, its wheels have been reduced and individual components can be folded for storage. The smaller tyres leave space for riders to hook shopping bags around the head tube without getting in the way.
The handlebars can be twisted round so they are aligned with the rest of the bike frame. Pedals can also be pushed in and folded downwards, so the bike can be hung flush against the wall.
The cycle also comes with a single luggage rack, which has been designed to clip onto either the front or back of the bike as needed.
"Corridor doesn’t strive to be the most compact bicycle, which most folding bicycles try to do. Corridor tries to be the most comfortable urban bicycle," Lieshout told Dezeen.
"Every aspect is focused on the experience of getting the bicycle out your apartment and taking it for a cycle," he added. This is why I only chose to make the handle bar and pedals foldable."
The bike, which is still in a prototype phase, was shown at Design Academy Eindhoven for Dutch Design Weeek 2015, which ran from 17 to 25 October.
Other compact bikes include Peter Boutakis' Helix bicycle that folds down to its wheels, the Vello bike that uses a magnetic frame locking system, and an electric cycle that can be stored in a backpack.