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'Retrofit Folding Handlebars' Folds Away for Storage

By: Alexandra Choli - Published: Mar 24, 2009 • References: joewentworth and tuvie
Aiming to solve two key difficulties with urban cycling, bike storage and security, Joe Wentworth introduces an ingenious yet simple design, Retrofit Folding Handlebars.

The witty concept replaces the standard handlebars with a collapsible set that folds toward the main frame, creating a steering lock. The bike is now easier to place against the wall and store, taking up less of your valuable space and preventing the front wheel from turning, a damage hazard when parking outside. Moreover, the locked handlebars add an extra level of security, inhibiting the feared-by-all-cyclists act of theft.

Second prize winners of the “Power to pedal” contest by Design21, the Retrofit Folding Handlebars are no less than as described by judge Wendy Brawer: elegant and intelligent.