Hit the Road With These Trailblazing Bicycle Innovations
Riding a bike is fun, healthy and expresses independence. These iF awarded products reflect the best of current design and technology.
The bicycle industry has benefited more than most sectors from the Corona pandemic. In times of both an increased anxiety of physical contact and a heightened urge for mobility and freedom, people rather rely on one of the most simplified ways to move around. Cycling expresses independence of public transportation routes and schedules. Cycling can even become an act of mindfulness. Feeling the sun on your face and the air in your hair is a wonderful way to break office routines.
Current bicycle designs make it easy to get excited about cycling – whether you are a full-blooded bike enthusiast, a newbie or an occasional cyclist at the weekend. Designers have come up with exciting solutions as reflected in this year’s iF award-winning products in the . All of them share one standout claim. It’s the idea to make riding your bike easier to incorporate into your lifestyle. Just like shoes and hats, bikes come in many different shapes and for various activities, ranging from city bikes, trekking bikes, touring bikes and e-bikes to road racing bikes and mountain bikes.
iF AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS 2021
Take, for example, the electric bicycle and the gold awarded futuristic folding bike . They are rather small bikes, easy to carry and transport – and fast. And let’s not forget bicycle accessories that are also on the cutting edge of technology. They are stylish gadgets adding the final touch to biking trips, from the minimal and flexible bicycle lock to the cycling shorts , which provide extra comfort with patented padding.
Groundbreaking bicycle innovations feature a modern, sleek design and many options. The is a prime example of an e-bike specifically for urban use thanks to its light weight and low-maintenance appearance. Another exceptional invention is the , which gives conventional bikes extra speed.
Especially urban cycling has become top of the agenda for designers and manufacturers contributing to a better quality of people’s lives. It’s also a trend reacting to a growing number of cities and state governments supporting cycling-friendly infrastructures and declaring car-free zones to protect the environment. Within this cycling culture of the modern city, bike sharing schemes have become effective and sustainable. comes in neon-colours, the design inspired by an antelope’s silhouette and over 80 percent of its parts degradable and recyclable for further use in peripheral products. Another iF awarded sharing bike is whose electronic screen is powered by solar energy and can displays various emoticons representing the mood of the user.
Halfway | Manufacturer: Giant Co., Ltd., Jiangsu, China
This is a minimalistic and practical folding bike with a clean, uninterrupted style that blends seamlessly into any city landscape. Thanks to the single-sided fork and chain-stay utilized in the folding system, you can easily carry it by car or on public transportation. The auto-lock system provides fewer steps for folding and introduces a new level of safety while riding.
LIVALL EVO21 | Manufacturer: LIVALL Europe, Madrid, Spain
This road bike helmet is inspired by time trial aero helmets that optimize air resistance and reduce perspiration through a system of inner channels. In the event of an accident, the SOS system, via the user's smartphone, calls emergency services, providing the cyclist’s geolocation as well as flashing the helmet lights. Thanks to the LIVALL app, the user can connect to a class-leading community of interconnected cyclists.
"The time of the great bicycle boom is now – and thanks to current design and technology, it has never been so easy to be on the road."
E-bikes are another popular way enabling city commuters to get to work, as further shown by some examples above. Long gone are the days when people laughed about them being only something for the elderly. You no longer must show up at the office drenched in sweat after your commute. E-bikes offer physical exercise combined with some assistance when needed for maximum flexibility. A real eyecatcher is thanks to its hubless front wheel. Do you rather seek a vehicle for multiple travel scenarios? is a modular smart e-bike whose components can be easily transformed into an e-scooter.
The time of the great bicycle boom is now – and thanks to current design and technology, it has never been so easy – and so chic – to be on the road.