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I'm super excited because some brilliant guys I know have finally released a kickstarter for a new type of folding bike they've been developing on and off again for the past three years :)

It's kind of niche, and definitely not for everyone.  But it's wonderfully designed, affordable, and solves the "last mile problem" quite well.  I could see it being best for Metra uses who currently use Divvy during rush hour, and who are tired of full/empty docks, or for people who work in areas where leaving your bike locked up outside would result in theft.  I think it's better than a few other sanding bikes I have seen (Halfbike, and some other one) because the gearing is so high; you can be quite zippy with just a walking cadence.

Anyway, it's neat, eh?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1232469188/occam-cycle-the-sim...

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This is from the GST Facebook page for those of you who might be interested in a demo ride. 

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By popular demand we have scheduled a ride day for people to come out and try the Occam Cycle for themselves. 

We will make our prototype available for test rides on Saturday September 6th at Chicago's Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. We will be stationed South West of the Fountain.

Meet us there from 11:00 - 1:00 weather permitting!

We plan on hosting more ride days throughout the campaign, so check for additional updates if you cannot make it on Saturday.



h' 1.0 said:

Levi,

Any way to try the prototype?

-h


New Location

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An event will be taking place at Buckingham Fountain this weekend that may make it impossible for us to meet with interested riders. NEW LOCATION: Meet us on E Solidarity Drive of Chicago's Museum campus right near the Adler Planetarium.

In summary, meet us Saturday September 6th from 11:00 - 1:00 on E Solidarity Drive to try out the Occam Cycle!


Legacy Frameworks said:

This is from the GST Facebook page for those of you who might be interested in a demo ride. 

*********

By popular demand we have scheduled a ride day for people to come out and try the Occam Cycle for themselves. 

We will make our prototype available for test rides on Saturday September 6th at Chicago's Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. We will be stationed South West of the Fountain.

Meet us there from 11:00 - 1:00 weather permitting!

We plan on hosting more ride days throughout the campaign, so check for additional updates if you cannot make it on Saturday.



h' 1.0 said:

Levi,

Any way to try the prototype?

-h


And here's a link to the FB event, in case anyone is interested!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1458273357787721/

Funny.... I tend to have a tough time following who's being quoted in most articles-- this doesn't help:

Occam — who designs process equipment for oil refineries at his day job — is a huge biker himself. He owns two "clunker bikes" and has a Divvy membership.

(from the DNAinfo piece)

Christine (5.0) said:

And here's a link to the FB event, in case anyone is interested!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1458273357787721/

The weight limit of 240 is impressive. Our folder is only 180 so yeah I voided that warrantee. I'd be curious to see how it handles with the smaller front wheel, looks like a 14" wheel. Ours feels really twitchy with 20" wheels....


h' 1.0 said:

It's really hard to push that button when you know 50 others got the same thing for $275.


Pst an international customer backed out of an early bird because they didn't realize it doesn't include shipping abroad (at least that's what the comments section indicates?) . So there's briefly another bike available at the $275 level :)

Thanks! I don't do financial stuff from work so we'll see if it's still there tonight.

Christine (5.0) said:



h' 1.0 said:

It's really hard to push that button when you know 50 others got the same thing for $275.


Pst an international customer backed out of an early bird because they didn't realize it doesn't include shipping abroad (at least that's what the comments section indicates?) . So there's briefly another bike available at the $275 level :)

Saw this pic on the webz today.  Might we be on the threshold of a new saddle-less design trend here?

An enclosed drivetrain to keep my pant legs from getting chewed up and an IRON MAN style briefcase to get it on the metra with and bring home groceries from the last train stop.

 
h' 1.0 said:

Kind of concerned that it has a regular chain in regard to 'wearing' it.  Or as near as I can figure out it does.  Seems like you'd really want a belt drive on this.

Juan 2-8 mi. said:

 Cool idea. I would have to rig some sort of back supporting carrying strap and folding or removable pedals to make it fun for those Metra commutes.

Blocked here at work. Do they show nude people riding it?

BruceBikes said:

Saw this pic on the webz today.  Might we be on the threshold of a new saddle-less design trend here?

And.... gone.  (But not to me)

h' 1.0 said:

Thanks! I don't do financial stuff from work so we'll see if it's still there tonight.

Christine (5.0) said:



h' 1.0 said:

It's really hard to push that button when you know 50 others got the same thing for $275.


Pst an international customer backed out of an early bird because they didn't realize it doesn't include shipping abroad (at least that's what the comments section indicates?) . So there's briefly another bike available at the $275 level :)

h', I know there's a lot of wood in that photo, ...but sorry, no.

h' 1.0 said:

Blocked here at work. Do they show nude people riding it?

BruceBikes said:

Saw this pic on the webz today.  Might we be on the threshold of a new saddle-less design trend here?

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