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Ultramodern Training Wheels

The Future of Bike Training is the Trek Light Cycle Bike

— August 23, 2011 — Life-Stages
Imagined by industrial designer Ryan Callahan and his colleagues at the Trek Bicycle Corporation, the Trek Light Cycle Bike is meant to be the modern analog to the tricycle, and boy, does it look cooler!

Instead of forcing young children to strain their developing motor skills, the Trek Light Cycle Bike is designed with a low frame, allowing kids to perfect their balancing skills before tackling the challenge of movement. In place of pedals and a jarring gear system, the Trek bicycle's lightweight frame is meant to be pushed by the rider.

The Tron-inspired scooter was drawn up on the design software CAD, fabricated by a 3D printer and rushed to the Trek Trade Show, where it was revealed to an intrigued audience. It's still clearly a concept model, although Callahan hopes children will be riding their own Trek Light Cycles by next year.
Trend Themes
1. Balancing Bike Training - The trend of designing bikes with low frames to help children perfect their balancing skills before learning to ride a traditional bike.
2. Lightweight Frame Bicycles - The trend of creating bicycles with lightweight frames to make them easier to maneuver and push.
3. Cad-generated Bike Designs - The trend of using computer-aided design software to create innovative and futuristic bike designs that can be rapidly prototyped and brought to market.
Industry Implications
1. Bicycle Manufacturing - The bicycle manufacturing industry can capitalize on the trend of designing bikes with low frames and lightweight frames to cater to young children and improve user experience.
2. Sporting Goods - The sporting goods industry can benefit from the trend of developing balancing bike training options to help children develop their motor skills and transition to traditional bikes.
3. 3D Printing - The 3D printing industry has an opportunity to work with bicycle manufacturers to support the creation of innovative bike designs, like the Trek Light Cycle, through rapid prototyping and fabrication.
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