As concept bicycles go, the NCycle by designers Skyrill and Marin Myftiu packs a lot of ideas into one sleek package.
The bike has hidden, expandable storage, integrated headlights that double as speakers, rotating handlebars for multiple hand positions with hardened steel slides that form an oval lock and stowage for a battery pack to power an optional motorized rear hub. The quantity of ideas is good. That they can put them all into one sleek package (at least in 3D renders) is even more impressive.
Click on through and see how it all comes together…
Up front, the handlebars have two grip sections, and the forward ones can rotate upward to put the rider in a more upright position.
Mounted on the front of them are headlights that can rotate up or down to put the light where it’s most useful. On the back are small integrated speakers that sync with your smartphone via Bluetooth. Because they’ll only fit on the NCycle’s handlebar, there’s less impetus for anyone to steal them.
That safety and anti-theft line of thinking carries into the handlebar’s design, too. Steel bars slide out from the handlebars and connect and lock. The handlebar’s curve is designed to fit around most poles found in an urban environment.
For small errands or just getting to work, an expanding pocket drops down from the top tube to hold a laptop, magazines, etc.
When it’s not in use, it automatically retracts up into the frame. If the buyer opted for the motorized version, a replaceable battery pack (black) slots in just in front of the rear wheel.
Likely it could be made to work with a belt drivetrain.
The entire bike folds into itself with a single pivot on the frame just in front of the saddle.
Some sketches show their thought process (click to enlarge). More drawings, pics and details are on their website.
There are some even wilder ideas on their website, like a holographic speedometer display in front of the handlebars that’s powered by your smartphone. Juice for the phone, lights and speakers comes from a small integrated battery in front of the pocket. Even it if never makes it to production, we’re betting there’d be some well-heeled hipsters jonesing for the wheels: