Concept Bike Would Adjust as Kids Grow
CREDIT: Claudia Baer, Anna Wiesinger, Marlene Klausner
As a kid, outgrowing your favorite bike is a bummer.
Such nostalgic regret inspired the design of the concept Bike 10-15, also called the Big Eye Cruiser. Specifically conceived for 10-to-15 year old kids , the Bike 10-15 has a pivoting, adjustable top frame and moveable seat to accommodate the changing size of its riders through puberty's growth spurts.
The adjustable system on the Bike 10-15 could also work for adults who share bikes or like to switch up riding styles for different conditions, such as city streets or rocky trails.
Claudia Baer, Anna Wiesinger and Marlene Klausner designed the Bike 10-15 as a school project back in 2007 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the studio of Hartmut Esslinger. In an email, Wiesinger explained that a full prototype was not built, but rather a scale model.
In a demonstration of the how the Internet can get ideas out there, Baer recently sent graphics and a video of the concept bicycle to design blog Yanko Design. Since last week, the Bike 10-15 has popped up on numerous Web sites.
"It is still a students' project that after being in the drawer for three years found its way to the Internet," Wiesinger said.
The concept has not been licensed and there are no plans currently to produce the bike, said Wiesinger, though she and her co-creators are certainly not opposed to the idea.