Published: Saturday, 12 July 2014 13:45
Flying Rider announced today that the Computer Aided Design of its first
production model is complete. Two potential fabricators have bid to produce the frame and others are expected. David Schwartz, designer of the novel vehicle said, “The first proposal we received was for a carbon fiber reinforced plastic frame. The second was for T6061 aluminum tubing construction. The all steel proof-of-concept bike, which weighs 28 pounds is too heavy to be acceptable.
We’re aiming for a 17 pound machine tough enough to commute on.” Other improvements on the proof-of-concept bike include a cleaner, less complicated frame with a wider front
aperture for bigger riders. “The larger space between the front tubes allows the rider to get lower in the frame,” said Schwartz. “That improves aerodynamics when in downhill ‘flying’ mode. Also, the tighter curve of the upper rear frame section provides a nearly vertical plane for mounting a backpack.”
Public reaction to the no-seat concept has been mostly positive. Many have expressed eagerness to try it out for themselves. However, some see no need to tinker with the basic diamond frame design – now 130 years old and well-proven. “No doubt, this new design isn’t for everyone,” noted Schwartz, “but lots of people have told me they look forward to the extra efficiency and are anticipating the thrill of a hang glider-like ‘flying’ experience.”