Massachusetts Patent of the Month – June 2022
Bicycles are a growing transportation source in larger cities, allowing people to get around without needing to fight with traffic or pay for gas. Biking is a low-cost, eco friendly transportation option with few downsides. Ofcourse, once you get to your destination you need to park your bike somewhere.
Bike racks are an age old solution, providing a space to lean and lock your bike while you go about your day. As with most things, there is always room for improvement. Bike racks can be a source of frustration when two bike’s handles get entangled. Flycycle, Inc. has developed a novel design that makes bike racks more convenient without any additional effort needed.
The company focused on intelligent design to better solve the conundrum of parking a bike. The design allows bikes to be parked standing upright so that more racks can fit in the same space. With 30 inches of space between racks, this design requires 20% less than the spacing required for a traditional rack.
To address the entangling handles, the design has a lifted wheel support which lifts the front wheel of one bike 5 inches off the ground. The bike on the other rack sits flush on the ground, ensuring the handlebars of one bike are raised above the other.
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