We've featured a long list of cycle-related innovations on Idealog to date (see related stories below) and the latest addition to that list is the bicymple – the bicycle simplified.
Created by American Josh Bechtel of Scalyfish Designs, the bicymple has significantly cut down on moving parts, boiling it down to a chainless, freewheeling design that allows for tighter turns and a sleeker profile.
Bechtel tells TechCrunch that reaction to the bicymple has been overwhelming.
"I get yells from people across the street, from over fences and through windows, all curious and wanting to understand what it is they’re looking at. It is certainly eye-catching and incredibly unique."
He's been riding bikes regularly since childhood and has more of them "than I care to admit to strangers". In fact, he built his first bike at home in the 1990s.
"At the time, you could get away with that sort of thing, but as bike technology and building methods and materials advanced, it became tougher and tougher to compete in that way – especially for an average guy with a full time job and bills to pay," he explains.
"When the movement toward minimalist bikes came back around, it revitalized the bike builder in me and got me thinking about ways I could leave a mark, no matter how small it might be, in the world I am so passionate about ... I started with a sketch of a standard bike and began crossing off parts one by one and addressing the problems created with each deletion."
But he says he's not looking to replace the traditional two-wheeler.
"There seems to be a misconception out there on the web that I think that the established bicycle design is somehow lacking or insufficient, but that’s simply not the case. To me, that would be like thinking that anyone who ever picked up a paintbrush thought that Michelangelo just couldn’t hack it. I think that idea is a bit silly, really. The bicymple provides yet another outlet, another opportunity to accomplish the same goals as many other bikes, it just does it in a different way."
Keep an eye out for the bicymple on Kickstarter – it's the next logical step.