Mini’s new two-wheel ap­peal

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWL­ING

IN 1962, the de­signer of the Hy­dro­las­tic and rub­ber-cone sus­pen­sion for the orig­i­nal Mini came up with a small, light bi­cy­cle that could be taken apart to fit into tight spaces.

Al­most 50 years later, Mini has ped­alled out its own small bi­cy­cle along the same lines as those of Dr Alex Moul­ton’s bike.

Mini says the bi­cy­cle — which un­like Moul­ton’s highly suc­cess- ful small-wheeled model, folds up to fit in the boot — is ex­pected in deal­er­ships by Au­gust and will cost about $800.

It gives keen Mini own­ers the flex­i­bil­ity to park the car and con­tinue by bi­cy­cle. When folded, the 11kg bike can be taken free of charge on pub­lic trans­port.

Mini claims it’s all qual­ity— it’s made from high-qual­ity com­po­nents in­clud­ing eight gears and 20-inch wheels, a te­flon-coated chain so there’s no oil stains, has a light­weight alu­minium frame and has a clever fold­ing mech­a­nism.

It can be folded and un­folded in a few sec­onds with hinges along the cross­bar and han­dle­bars.

The seat can be re­tracted and the ped­als folded up.

Dr Moul­ton, 91, who still owns an orig­i­nal Mini, de­signed his bike with front and rear sus­pen­sion and small wheels.

Dun­lop came up with high­pres­sure tyres to re­duce rolling re­sis­tance.

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