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From Cambridge: A Radical Theory Combining Cycling, Commuting, Suits

by Ted Johnson

When I think of Cambridge University, I think of Stephen Hawking, theoretical physics, cosmology. Heavy-hitting brainpower being applied to the most elusive and fundamental mysteries of the universe. Don’t you?

Cutting Edge Bike Commuting Research from The University of CambridgeSlackers.

When are the navel-gazers associated with that so-called University going to take on a real challenge, such as a grand unified theory that combines cycling, commuting, and dressing smartly?

Maybe they have. The Cambridge Design Partnership announced a theoretical garment bag for bike commuters, called a Suitpack.

The practice of cycling to work, whether for convenience or keep-fit, has risen sharply in recent years, yet cycling is still impractical for many people who need to dress smartly for their job. Commuters wanting to cycle often have to sacrifice either a sharp look or exercise in their struggle to find convenient ways to cycle to work and look slick. Cambridge Design Partnership today announces an innovative solution to this problem.

Suitpack is a prototype of a compact rucksack that, with an innovative yet simple patented roll-fold concept, combines convenience with a crease-free solution for clothes.

Bike Panniers

A computer simulation of a hypothetical velotrajector

Bike Headlights

Path Irradiator Concept

Thank goodness!

Now that our top minds of academia have set themselves on solving the intractable problems that matter, we can only hope to see more answers.

How about something that allows you to carry cargo on the front or back of your bike? A Velotrajector System, if you will.

If it were possible to attach extra cargo capacity to the system, that would be even better. Perhaps some kind of Fabric Jeroboam, is possible. We’ve smashed the atom, and sequenced the human genome. Call me over-optimistic, but I think such a thing is possible.

And what if there was a way to illuminate a cyclist’s way through the dark? A Path Irradiator.

Are you listening Cambridge? For decades we cyclists have been waiting for someone — anyone — to provide these solutions. You give us hope.

And a late happy 70th birthday to Professor Hawking.

 
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4 Responses to “From Cambridge: A Radical Theory Combining Cycling, Commuting, Suits”

  1. Hey, I’ve got 2 Velotrajector systems, one’s for beer and snacks and the other one holds the flux capacitor. I bought them both from these mad scientists at a place called the Bike Shop Hub.

    Also, the suitpack people shouldn’t overlook their biggest audience, nude bicycle ride participants, they need clothes more than anyone.

  2. JonO says:

    They should design bike shirts that immediately notify the wearer if they’re too large to wear a bike shirt.

    Plumber’s crack warning system would be epic too.

  3. BluesCat says:

    I keep thinking of Dr. Sheldon Cooper, of “The Big Bang Theory,” and how his bicycle attire would have to be an outlandish hazard suit (because of his germaphobia) augmented with an elaborate array of safety bumpers (considering how he freaked out when he was riding on the back of Howard’s motor scooter).

  4. pdf27 says:

    Cambridge is also very bike friendly, although I suspect this is more because the cars are scared of the sheer number of cyclists than anything else. It’s like the Tour de France just before 9am lectures :)

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