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Japan's two-second folding bicycle

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February 10, 2010

Japan's two-second folding bicycle

Japan's two-second folding bicycle

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While folding bicycles have been around for a while now, this new variation can be folded with a swiftness and elegance never seen before. The 2-second slide-folding bicycle was designed to be folded quickly while you are walking. Once folded, the rider can push the bicycle along with ease much like one would push a wheel-barrow.

This amazing little bike has a half-folding frame design that uses a swing hinge in the middle. And while this idea is not an original one (half-folded bicycles are nothing new), Mr. Asawa's has created a mid-fold variation that is a rare combination of compactness and convenience. The locked frame hinge is released by pulling a lever on the left handlebar, at which point you can swing the rear wheel forward in line with the front.

The bicycle's creator is Makoto Asawa, a retired man from Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture. His intention was to create a bicycle that could fit in a small elevator. (Note: Keep in mind here that a small elevator in Japan is not much bigger than a large refrigerator!)

Folding bicycles have proven very popular in Japan, particular in urban areas where space is at a premium. Riders need to be able to store their bicycles in small areas at home or at the office. And if one intends to bring your bicycle on the underground, a folding bicycle is a must. Some of the more compact folding bikes can even be stored in train station lockers!

The 2-second folding bicycle is set to hit the streets in February, with a 24-inch version selling for 42800 yen (or approximately US$475).

Have a look at the news clip below (Japanese language) to see the 2-second folding bike in action.

Source: Live on.

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6 Comments

Yikes! looks like he pulls the front brake lever to fold the bike. Could make for some interesting manoevers.

JustinTime
11th February, 2010 @ 04:17 am PST

This could give the Strida a run for its money.

Gadgeteer
12th February, 2010 @ 05:01 am PST

is it possible to get more info on this.

video was taken off. website is in japanese

Leon Kdotcom
5th August, 2010 @ 08:59 pm PDT

Check out the bike friday tikit on youtube.

Michaelc
10th March, 2012 @ 12:10 pm PST

did it ever go public?

wle
28th November, 2012 @ 09:03 am PST

so did this thing ever go public, is it for sale?

Larry English
28th April, 2014 @ 08:35 am PDT
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