The bicycle is the
primary mode of transportation for more than half the world’s population.
Many people all over the world use a bicycle for their day to day transportation
and many more would ride a bicycle if they could afford one. Conventional
methods of producing bicycle frames are labour intensive and therefore
expensive. When the cost of trained labour rises more, we will need to
think of new ways of building cheap bicycles. This is where the one-piece
bike comes in.
The One-Piece Bike has an injection moulded frame. All the parts for the
steering, the front and the rear suspension are integrated in one injection
moulded part. The result is a bicycle with less parts, fewer joints and
bearings and a shorter assembly time. This could reduce the cost price
The frame is made of glass reinforced nylon. This material will create
a though frame. It is stiffened at certain places by ribs. At other locations
it is kept flexible to cause suspension for a comfortable ride. Steering
is done by bending the material between the front fork and the main frame.
This won’t be a problem as for normal town and country riding it
is not necessary to turn the front wheel more than 20 degrees to the left
or to the right.
When produced correctly the one-piece bike will have a lower environmental
impact than other bicycles.
Moulded products need less machining than extruded and/or welded products.
Machining of plastic uses less energy and shavings can be recycled within
the factory. The one-piece bike needs no paint or chrome layer. This means
less chance of pollution from solvents and other chemicals. The material
does not rust or corrode and after its life cycle the material can be
recycled for use in new products.
- 3rd world countries where people need cheap but durable bicycles for
- Cities all over the world with “white bicycle” projects
- Anyone who wants an affordable but durable and functional bicycle.