As the metropolitan area of Ernakulum, where Raxa Collective has many contributors who commute to work, completes its futuristic mass transit scheme, our thoughts reach out to a time when the collapsible bike is a necessity here. For now, we can appreciate the design for its own sake of this model that has just come to our attention.
We like everything we read about it, as much as the visual aesthetics. We even hope we might be of some service to its creator, given our history with entrepreneurial conservation. We are on the lookout, constantly, for opportunities to collaborate with creative craftsmen and to welcome them into Raxa Collective’s growing community across the globe. Conservation magazine brought Gianluca Sada onto our radar. We extend to him our usual invitation for a visit thanks to that:
Carrying a bicycle onto a bus or subway for unrideable sections of your carless commute is less than convenient. This is where the Sada Bike fits in. Whereas other foldable bikes have shrunken frames and wheels, the Sada Bike’s full-sized frame folds down to the size of an umbrella; its spokeless, hubless, 26-inch wheels double as a backpack frame.
Italian engineer Gianluca Sada has built a prototype, and its innovative design could bring us a few steps closer to a stylish, utterly practical, low-carbon urban ride.
Photo courtesy of Gianluca Sada
From Mr. Sada’s website it appears that this prototype was completed nearly three years ago and now he is in the capital raise stage of this entrepreneurial conservation venture (Andy and the Zaina team can share a thing or two on that front):
Born in the province of Salerno, Battipaglia, the 3th January 1984. In the last years of university studies at the Politecnico di Torino, conveys their creativity and skills in the development of the folding bike, without rays which becomes a shoulder backpack and trolley.
On 5th March 2010, registered the patent of the Italian project bike at the Camera di Commercio di Torino: FOLDABLE BICYCLE WITH SPOKELESS WHEELS TO2010A000166
On 17th March 2010 he earned a degree in Automotive Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino with a thesis on bike patent (vote 109/110).
In October 2010, the Order of Engineers of Turin awarded him with the first place for “IDEA-TO” as the “best innovative thesis of 2010.”
In November, the Minister of Youth, Giorgia Meloni, selects him among the “200 talents of Italy”(from 17 to 21 November 2010 in Roma link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXNDvnG9Qok).
Extends the patent already filed in Europe and USA.
In the years from 2008 to 2010 worked strenuously with enthusiasm to the project, also involving experts and the study of professionals Techno Design.
In December of 2011 ends the construction of the prototype, made of aluminum alloy with the support of company specializing in precision engineering Palmec snc.