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Folding Bike that Fits into Airline Carry-On Luggage Launched

New folding bike claims to be half the size of traditional versions

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The folding bike is a constantly evolving beast and we’ve just come across a brand new addition to the market – Kwiggle. 

The ‘Kwiggle’ is a German creation that promises to be 60 per cent of the size of ‘common’ or traditional versions.

Launched via a Kickstarter campaign, the makers promise that this is the “ultimate solution for fast urban traffic”.

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The bike weighs just 8.5kg, and can be folded down to ten seconds. In a unique twist, it can even fit into airline carry on luggage sized bags (55 x 40 x 25).

The drivetrain system looks like no other, and it’s claimed the bike can reach 30km/h whilst still remaining stable and fun to ride. Narrow handlebars make for easy maneuvering through city streets and the bike can be pulled along by the bars when folded.

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The bike is ‘one size fits all’ with an adjustable saddle height and no sign of a traditional seat tube. The geometry puts the rider in an incredibly upright, almost standing position, as is evident when the bike is seen ridden in the company’s demonstration video below.

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Karsten Bettin, German engineer, inventor of Kwiggle comments: “I’ve developed Kwiggle over the last seven years. Sometimes I feel foolish to put so much work into it. But sitting on Kwiggle and riding it always brought me back and I thought: yes, it’s worth doing this.”

Bikes start at €1,240 and early birds  will be able to get one branded ‘1st’ to demonstrate their early adoption.  At time of writing, Kwiggle has received backing from 82 people, to a total of €90,510 – but they need €195,000 by January 20 to achieve their target. Check the Kickstarter page out here. 

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