Layout and engineering sibling duo Gaspard and Lucas Tiné-Berès have designed a prototype for a tricycle that allows riders to modify path by leaning to either side (+ movie).
The Cricket tricycle characteristics a light-weight aluminium recumbent frame, which lets riders sit in a reclined place towards a seat back that rests just in front of the vehicle’s back wheel.
To electrical power the car, the user stretches their legs to the fore of the frame, in which the pedals are housed amongst the two front wheels.
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“Getting seasoned recumbent trikes, I was annoyed by the lack of powerful sensations that you have, even when you would go really fast,” Gaspard advised Dezeen. “These types of bikes can go a lot more rapidly than standard ones.”
A manage is attached to both side of the seat, and connected to every single front wheel. By leaning and pulling or pushing on every of these, the rider’s excess weight is enough to alter the path of the trike. Even though travelling at lower speeds, the handles can be utilised to flip more precisely.
“We imagined this new and distinctive way to steer by leaning, which provides you a sensation of almost surfing,” Gaspard stated. “Most of all you can drift, which is impossible with a typical recumbent trike.”
The designer started out working on the Cricket whilst learning at London’s Royal University of Art, and spent three years developing it into a functional motor vehicle. The prototype has been made by Daniel Hanart at Le Batard – a Parisian firm that specialises in tailor-created bike frames.
“It’s basically adding the advantage of recumbent bikes: ergonomic, fast, and really efficient – you can ride very extended distances as the position is best – without having losing the fun and the versatility of a racing bike,” the designer added. “Both my brother and I are massive supporters of snowboarding and we believe this is our city snowboard, or sledge.”
Gaspard Tiné-Berès graduated from the RCA in 2012 and is a co-founder of Re-Do Studio. He has previously created slippers produced from a single piece of felt and a shoelace.
The designer also worked as part of a group to create a concept for a modular engine that could fit into any car at the Bio 50 biennial of style in Ljubljana.