14 Futuristic Bicycles: From Flying Bikes to Pedaling Robots

Comment on Facebook Lunarctic Chainless Bicycle

The larger rear wheel and smaller front wheel of the unusual Lunarctic bicycle isn’t purely to give the bike an eye-catching look; it’s functional, too. Fun kinetic design was part of the intent, practicality was not.”
Bending Bicycle Frame is Its Own Lock

Is this the ultimate theft-proof bicycle? StreetFlyer Harness Bicycle

Pretty much the opposite of ultra-compact urban bicycles, the StreetFlyer is a massive three-wheeled contraption that gives you the feeling of flying by suspending you from a lightweight frame using a harness. The clean air that passes through the filter is then sent through a hose to a fighter pilot mask on the rider’s face. Once it’s folded, you can simply pull it behind you with the handlebars, freeing up your other hand. Artist Matt Hope found an interesting if not very attractive solution: a 5,000v air filtration system with a filter that’s powered by your pedaling. Ratchet the frame tight again to make the bike rideable in an instant. The XploreAir X1 Paravelo flying bicycle is a compact commuting bicycle that can be used like any other bike, or attached to a trailer equipped with a biofuel-powered fan. Get it going and the bike will lift into the air with the help of an attached fabric wing, traveling at up to 25 MPH for about three hours until the battery runs out. The Contortionist Folding Bike

The Contortionist Bike folds from full-size to the size of a single wheel in just twenty seconds. You strap yourself in, get a running start and then use swimming-like movements to pilot the thing. While some are just wild concepts, others represent truly innovative ideas for the future of cycling, from bending frames that function as built-in locks to extremely aerodynamic shapes and chainless drives. Air-Filtering Bicycle

In cities like Beijing, riding a bicycle is a popular and practical alternative to fighting monstrous traffic every day, but then you’re breathing in all of the exhaust from those millions of vehicles. But the truly notable feature of this bike is the lack of a chain, making use of a belt drive instead. The bending capability also makes it easy to store.

Updated: 18.11.2014 — 10:20