Bicycle Folds in Half to Deter Thieves

21-year old Kevin Scott designed a bicycle that should be harder to steal than most conventional bikes. The frame can be folded in half and the whole bicycle wrapped around an immovable obstacle:

The De Montfort University graduate used a ratchet system built into the frame of the bike to allow it to wrap around a pole, enabling the lock to be wrapped through both wheels and the frame.

Securing all the bike's components within the lock was his aim in creating the new bike. It also allows the bike to be stored in small spaces.

The frame can be ratcheted tight to allow the bike to be ridden like a normal bike, but it can be quickly loosened to allow the frame to be bent back on itself.

Link via CrunchGrear | Photo: [deleted upon request]

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well, i got my shifting handles + brakes stolen from my high-class bike some years ago, cost about €250 to replace the parts. if they want your stuff, they get it.
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I'm a bit concerned that the system might fail as the bike gets older, possibly preventing it from straightening out QUITE as much as it should.

That said, this is a VERY neat idea!
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The smaller storage space aspect is really more interesting; you could take it on the bus with you instead having to stash it on the front bumper..
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