Nyfti 3-fold Bicycle
Published on June 27, 2014 um 22:26
Summary of your idea
My team and I are avid cyclists and environment advocates. To lessen our contribution to greenhouse gases, we have decided to bike-to-work and use bimodal commute despite the lack of bicycle infrastructure and unsafe conditions in Metro Manila, Philippines. There are others like us too. That is why we developed the Nyfti folding bicycle. It uses our proprietary 3-fold mechanism that allows it to fold to the smallest size in its category. Our goal is to provide cyclists and bike-to-work commuters the most stable ride and with a compact fold city bicycle. There are other folding bicycles out there, but none are capable of providing the level of customisation and selection of components paired with a very compact folding frame that the Nyfti offers. Most folding bikes use custom wheels, hubs, sprockets and other components to achieve a compact fold which make the end bike very expensive. The Nyfti uses standard bicycle parts thats why users can manage the cost of the Nyfti by mixing and matching the components that they want.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We designed the Nyfti to encourage more people to bike-to-work and use bimodal commute. We believe that cycling and public transport are key modes of transportation for a sustainable environment. By providing users with a folding bicycle that is easy to use, compact, stable, elegant, sleek and easy on the pocket, more and more people will consider using the bicycle as a form of transportation.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our business will revolve around the manufacturing and sales of our bicycles. For manufacturing, we want to make the Nyfti in our home soil. We want to bring in manufacturing jobs to our country men by providing them the opportunity to make the best folding bike that the Philippines has to offer. We will rely on local industry partners to help us manufacture and produce a high quality bicycle. Sales of the bicycle will be through an online shop. To finance the start of the project, we plan to run an international crowdsourcing campaign, we will also look for key investors who believe in the product and the lifestyle that we are advocating.
I am Carl Mamawal, 26 years old. I am a Mechanical engineer from the Philippines. I am a strong advocate of alternative transport solutions. During my undergrad years, I was part of Team Sikat Solar Philippines, the only Philippine team that competed in the World Solar Challenge (solar car race) in Australia.
Stage of Idea
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