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Locust Folding Bike

— July 6, 2006 — Lifestyle
Last year, TREND HUNTER featured an Origami Bike… Okay, I’m fooling nobody, it was my trend and now I am promoting it again… Either way, I was impressed to see this new folding bike from Locust.

“Both wheels have overhung mounting. After releasing safety lock nuts wheels can be turned around relevant axis into the frame. Because of folding of the rear wheel momentum transfer from crankset to rear wheel must be divisible. Common chain system is replaced by belt system with outer toothing. Belt is mounted on two rollers. Both “chainwheel” and pinion have outer toothing as well. It altogether ensures right direction of turning and divisibility of the whole system.” - Yanko Design
Trend Themes
1. Folding Bikes - The rise of folding bikes, with added technological advancements and sustainable features, presents an opportunity for companies in the transportation industry to tap into a growing market of urban commuters.
2. Belt System - The introduction of belt system as a replacement for a common chain system in bicycles represents an opportunity for companies in the automotive and transportation industry to invest in this technology for future vehicles.
3. Minimalist Design - Minimalist design approaches and the value of portability are major trends to look out for in the design industry, especially for companies that specialize in producing products that appeal to millennials and urban residents.
Industry Implications
1. Bicycle Industry - Innovation in folding bicycles has disrupted the bicycle industry and creates a massive opportunity for growth, as many people are looking for more sustainable ways to commute and travel.
2. Automotive Industry - The Belt System introduced in folding bikes represents an opportunity for the automotive industry to innovate by using the same technology for future vehicles, electric bikes and scooters.
3. Product Design Industry - The minimalist and portable design of the Locust Folding Bike presents inspiration for designers across different industries to adopt similar design approaches that meet customer needs.
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