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In 1979 the British Cycling Bureau delivered these ‘Bikes of the future’

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IN October 1979, the British Cycling Bureau invited designers to create the “Bike of the future”.

WINNER:

bike of the future

 

Juan Szumowski won with his design for a folding bike – 43 cm when collapsed.

 

bike of the future winner

 

RUNNER UP:

bike of the future VW

 

VW Group threw away the spokes.  The tyres are puncture proof moulded polyurethane. The chain is rubber. The rechargeable batteries give a little oomph when muscles tire.

 

bike of the future VW 1

 

 

THIRD PLACE

bike of the future Graham Herbert

 

Graham Herbert’s folding bike boasted a “sprung” riding position.

 

bike of the future Graham Herbert 1

 

 

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