Man, This Thing Is Beautiful!
Bill Quick

A Bicycle With a Flat Frame Is an Impractical Masterpiece

With its flowing metal frame, wooden handlebars and seat post, and proprietary headset, this bicycle puts form on a par with function. It might not be the most practical ride, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful.

Boy, is it ever!  I’d have one in a heartbeat if it were available and I could afford it.  The writer calls it “impractical,” but I don’t see why.  It’s form factor – single speed, small handlebars – is identical to my everyday ride.

Scuse me.  I want to gaze at that picture again.


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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Man, This Thing Is Beautiful! — 3 Comments

  1. Impractical as in the frame would be bending with each bump, the wheelbase would change, and probably the front/rear wheel alignment would suffer as well. There might be some merit in frame with spring, were it designed as such…

    OTOH, that would be a cheap frame to build, just not very strong.

  2. Actually, any mechanical engineer would look at the frame and say the same thing. The flat strip construction, no triangulation, in the direction of the force is not a good design, requiring a very heavy construction to make it work. There is a reason triangulated tube frame construction is what you see on every bike: simple, light, and strong.

    I’m not saying it is unrideable, just not a very good ride.