Imagine a bike that folds down so small you can take it on an airplane in your carry-on luggage. Isn’t it cool?
Designed by German engineer Karsten Bettin, the Kwiggle is the world’s most compact folding bike, according to the company. The bike, which can be folded in just 10 seconds and brought along under a subway seat, in a car trunk, or even in an airplane’s overhead compartment,weighs in at about 9 kilograms, and can hit a top speed of nearly 20 miles per hour.
An alloy bike frame makes the Kwiggle stable and tough, and its aluminum wheels are highly corrosion resistant. An adjustable seat allows riders from 4’6 to 6’2 to ride the Kwiggle with ease. The upright riding position has other benefits beyond a higher point of view.
According to the company, orthopedic specialists love the Kwiggle. The bike uniquely supports the mobility of the back and prevents tension in the shoulder and neck areas.” This makes the bike not only a perfect fit for swift urban travel, but for exercising as well.
Bettin has developed the Kwiggle over seven years, and he’s now selling the bike on Kickstarter. Backers can get a one-speed Kwiggle for 1,240 Euros, or around $1,315. Two-speed Kwiggles start at 1,340 Euros or about $1,421. You can check out the campaign here.