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plattyjo
10-25-2013, 12:19 PM
http://grist.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/transport-bike.jpg?w=940&h=530

Article here (http://grist.org/list/stow-your-cargo-in-this-bikes-hollow-front-wheel/).

ergott
10-25-2013, 12:30 PM
I could see putting a child seat in that space. The kid would have a blast with that view;-)

canham
10-25-2013, 12:30 PM
Why would you ever want to put weight on the wheel that you need to turn side to side?? It's one thing when all the other wheels are loaded and you don't have any more space. But to START there seems asinine.

MattTuck
10-25-2013, 12:36 PM
Why would you ever want to put weight on the wheel that you need to turn side to side?? It's one thing when all the other wheels are loaded and you don't have any more space. But to START there seems asinine.


yes, well you won't have be turning at all until they put some pedals, a chain and a cog on the rear wheel....

Like many things that people try to 'improve' on after 100+ years of development, you can make some neat aesthetic changes, but functionally they have the bike pretty well figured out.

christian
10-25-2013, 12:36 PM
I could see putting a child seat in that space. The kid would have a blast with that view;-)I was thinking "Norwich Terrier" the whole time I was reading that article.

mtechnica
10-25-2013, 12:42 PM
Why would you ever want to put weight on the wheel that you need to turn side to side?? It's one thing when all the other wheels are loaded and you don't have any more space. But to START there seems asinine.

It would probably have a similar effect to loading a front rack except with a lower center of gravity.

dancinkozmo
10-25-2013, 12:45 PM
fill it with water and a bit of soap and do your laundry

Vinci
10-25-2013, 01:36 PM
Interesting component choices for the picture. Chainstay says "Powered by Sram" but it has Shimano shifters.

I have to imagine changing a front flat on that would be horrible too.

ergott
10-25-2013, 01:41 PM
Better pics including fleshed out example (not Shimano).

http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/transport-commuter-bike

http://cdn.trendhunterstatic.com/phpthumbnails/216/216419/216419_8_600.jpeg
http://cdn.trendhunterstatic.com/phpthumbnails/216/216419/216419_10_600.jpeg

Exonerv
10-25-2013, 02:06 PM
Yeah....finding a clamp for a front derailleur is going to be a bitch.

While the pictures with the chain are a little blurry...I swear it looks like they dropped the chain in that bottom picture.

And after my ride this morning, I have to wonder how that gaping hole would handle in a crosswind.

sparky33
10-25-2013, 02:21 PM
hmmm front load....is it low-trail? ; )

Mark McM
10-25-2013, 04:03 PM
Wow, they've managed to take all the bad handling attributes of the original Black Hole hubless front wheel, and then added the destabilizing affects of allowing to loads flop and shift around inside the steering system! True genius!

I, for one would not like to ride this bike down a steep fast hill in stiff crosswind with a backpack sliding around inside the front wheel.

Bradford
10-25-2013, 04:37 PM
Why would you ever want to put weight on the wheel that you need to turn side to side?? It's one thing when all the other wheels are loaded and you don't have any more space. But to START there seems asinine.

That makes intuitive sense, but in actual practice it works the other way. When touring with a light load, the bike handles better when you use front panniers and leave the back unloaded. When using four bags, it is better to put as much heavy stuff in the front as possible.

When you go from an unloaded to a front loaded bike, it takes a minute to get used to the heavy steering, but you adjust very easily. The funny part is when you are running bags on the front for a few weeks then ride unloaded, the first time you turn you yank the wheel over way too hard.

Germany_chris
10-25-2013, 05:44 PM
The new pictures don't make it more attractive

christian
10-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Look closely at the picture, and tell me how to change a puncture on that!

pinoymamba
10-25-2013, 05:54 PM
i'm i the only one wondering why it has shimano shifters :no:

weehastogopee
10-26-2013, 04:09 AM
I don't see how it's better than just some good ol' panniers. or a basket. or a front rack like a cetma....


but that idea of putting in some soap to do laundry sounds good though!