Bike Origami: A History of Folding Bicycles
It wasn’t long after the invention of the bicycle that people began to devise ways to transport this new transportation device.
That much is clear in “Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design,” the exhibition at the Portland Art Museum that features 40 classic and spectacular bikes from the Embacher collection. Along with chronicling advances in engineering and craftsmanship over the decades, the show details the evolution of efforts to creates bikes that can be compressed into portable forms.
Among the examples, from top left: Tresoldi & Casiraghi’s Pocket Bici, 1963, which can be folded into an elliptical shape and put in a carrying case; Elettromontaggi Zoombike, 1995; Strida’s Strida 1,1998, which folds up in ten seconds; The Skoot, 2001, from Skoot International, retracts into a plastic suitcase to pass as wheeled luggage; BMW’s Super Tech, 1997, a folding mountain bicycle.
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