The boy Italian engineer Gianluca Sada from Turin did not invent less than the wheel. The 31-year-old is the father of Now-Bikes, a foldable bicycle without spokes and hubs without. A large part of the art it has been patented. The expensive city bike to go in the summer in series.
The young Italian was more than seven years ago in search of a subject for his doctoral thesis. Strolling around Turin he met children with a sliding toy two wheels on a stick. Ah, he thought, those are interesting wheels with full discs, but without spokes. What can you make it in everyday life? He had an idea. The engineer was inspired by the design of the toy, developed it and as a serious Invention made the subject of his doctoral thesis. The bike of Gianluca Sada is intended as a city bike, easy to fold and store in a specially designed backpack. It can be worn on your back with be taken by bus and train. Nevertheless, it is not likely to Intercourse revolutionize, because that is the wheel, currently still a prototype, much cost too much. Just seven years ago, that Sada began work on the bike.
Sada-Bike is something like the Swiss army knife of bicycles. If you tilt the seat forward, folds the bike on the size of a stick umbrella together – without wheels, understood. These are stowed in a backpack. Since the spokes are missing, can in the middle of other things to be stored such as a laptop. But The backpack also has a zipper, which enables, the wheels of Bikes to use as a transport aid – then from the backpack Trolley. The total weight of the bike prototype is currently twelve kilos. In comparison with other folding bikes, the 16- to 20-inch wheels have large, owns the Sada-Bike huge 26-inch model. Thus Sada will increase driving comfort, would suffer through the hard-alloy wheels else. These are not only larger than normal folding bikes, but also somewhat wider, sagt Gianluca Sada. Almost the entire wheel is made of aluminum. Although the prototype is not yet hints at – the Sada-Bike will receive traditional handbrakes. „The first prototype had a coaster brake“, sagt Now. But in Italy, this brake – different than in Germany, the Netherlands or Scandinavia – rather little spread. So he upgraded now to. If Sada fails with his bike, has the young inventor made provisions. His main job is working with the Italian truck manufacturer Iveco, the bike was in his spare time.