Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Put Your Bike on Diet with ThinBike

Way back in LifeEdited history (like a year ago), we told you about the super-rad ThinBike that LifeEdited founder Graham Hill helped design with German bike manufacturer Schindelhauer. The one-speed wonder went from a reasonable 21″ width with handlebars in normal position to a mere six with the help of special hardware. The ThinBike addresses one of the biggest bike storage issues, where width can be as problematic as length.

Now Schindelhauer has released a production version of the ThinBike. The bike has evolved quite a bit from Graham’s steed. There is now a front disk brake for superior stopping. It has 24″ inch wheels like those on a cruiser BMX that are stronger and quicker than the previous model’s 700c wheels. It has a two-speed SRAM Automatix shifting system in the event you encounter a hill or bridge. There is a LightSKIN seatpost with integrated LED lights. And it comes with its own proprietary bike rack. Carried over from the previous version are a lightweight aluminum frame (though in different geometry) and a Gates Carbon Drive drivetrain. With its smaller wheels, improved braking, greaseless drivetrain and ease of storage, the new ThinBike will undoubtably make an awesome urban bomber.

And more good news: You can get the bike in the US through Belt Drive Bikes for $1488.00. We look forward to riding ours in the near future. We’ll let you know how it goes.

  • http://twitter.com/mikelinsf Mike Lin

    Bike’s pretty cool, but what are the details on the bike rack? It’s pretty sweet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/davidcfriedlander David Friedlander

      not sure exact specs but looking at pic appears to be galvanized steel with wood wedge to hold bike. pretty sure it’s designed to hold bike as close to wall as possible without touching.

  • Tineke

    I don’t think this bike would be better than my Bromton folding bike. Fabulous thing, I take it with me anywhere (restaurants, movie theaters, commuting to work by train every day). http://www.brompton.co.uk/

  • castlefox

    Sweet !!!!!!! but I still think 1488.00 is a super steep price. Maybe I could afford a second gen version

  • billr

    I like the thinness but for the price I would rather have a Cannondale Bad Boy 1 be in the way all the time.

  • Steve Stearns

    This is one sweet ride. I love how the bicycle design address the space issues extremely well and isn’t like “folding bikes” that seems cumbersome and awkward. It’s stylish and has clean flowing lines to it. I think the price is quite reasonable at $1488 (US), since I paid $2,300 for my Trek Ion CX Pro.

  • Ben

    I’d much rather have a Brompton. I have a hybrid electric/pedal version and I can fit it in the bays under my RV… couldn’t to that with the huge bike you have… it might be thin, but it’s huge.

  • siliconsleep

    As others have mentioned, at what point are these trumped-up “sustainable” gadgets really about affordable sustainability at all? You can get an equally fine (and LIGHT!) bike from nashbar.com for~$200 that will last you just fine.

    • David Friedlander

      that’s fair and if you’re leaving your bike outside all of the time, a nashbar rig is just fine. that said, if you’re design-focused and a commuter, there are way worse ways of dropping $1500 than a super-stylish, functional commuter like the thinbike. as we like to echo dieter rams, “less, but better.” sometimes this means going beyond simple utility.

      • siliconsleep

        Yup – I’m no stickler against cool design, just that designer products are so much more expensive. Maybe this is the wrong blog to follow for me, but I’d be more interested, and feel like it would be more relevant to others to boot, to see what people can do/buy/change to keep sustainable on a budget. Not everybody who wants to be sustainable and keep life simplified has 1.5k to drop on a commuter bike.

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