Many riders and entrepreneurs have long considered derailleurs and chains to to be the weak point of today’s modern bicycles. Most would be innovators have ventured towards belt drives and gearboxes but the quest to eradicate chains has led designer Josh Bechtel here – to the Bicymple.
Using readily available components the project has come up with an elegant reinvention of an existing concept. The short frame consists of a two headsets connected via a short top tube. The front end is standard while the rear end is all funk. The riders lays the power down by sitting on a stem modified to accept a saddle and cranks on a (freewheel) unicycle hub.
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The design looks similar to other concept bikes we’ve featured in the past, but this one will actually be available for purchase. The company is using a freewheel unicycle hub, found most commonly on Toys R Us drift trikes and penny farthing projects, but it wouldn’t be difficult to create a version using a standard fixed unicycle hub….So you can astound all the neighborhood fixie kids. Steel frame. No brakes. No chain. You will blow minds.
The first 37 seconds show the Bicymple with the rear steering in the locked position. When unlocked, the rear swings freely. The company is currently working on a “overdrive” hub, because without a chain drive, it would be difficult to achieve comparable gearing to a normal single speed.
The bike will be available in 26″ and 29″ versions. No word on pricing, delivery dates, or 650b variations.