Today we point and laugh at yet another ill-conceived bike design, only this one will actually make it into stores and is the spawn of big-name Brit designer Ross Lovegrove, not just some dude with a CAD app.
The first thing I though when I saw the LDN (for “London”) was “How the hell do I lock it?” You could run your D-Lock through that hole in the frame (there to lighten the bike and let you hang it on the wall) but then you’re left with two unsecured wheels. And because the carbon-fiber frame lacks a down-tube, the front-wheel can’t be locked to it. The only answer is three D-Locks, inferior cables or heavy chains, hardly practical on a “London” bike. And that’s before we even get to securing the saddle.
Lovegrove designed the LDN for Biomega, and it is clearly billed for city use. It has a couple of saving features: hub-gears and a shaft-drive keep things clean (both in looks and non-dirtiness) and, well, that’s it. The Lady thinks that it would be hard to ride in a skirt, and I wonder why the rear-wheel mounts on track-ends, especially as the shaft-drive means no chain pulling on the wheel, and no real need to move the wheel back and forth for perfect tension.
One more thing: The press release somewhat naively states that “LDN [is] a true urban tool.” Indeed.
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