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Telescoping bike changes shape to fit the rider

Telescoping bike changes shape...
The Hickman Bike is all about the fit, and being able to adjust it as needed
The Hickman Bike is all about the fit, and being able to adjust it as needed
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Some aspects of the Hickman Bike do stay set, such as the head tube angle, chainstay length and bottom bracket drop
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Some aspects of the Hickman Bike do stay set, such as the head tube angle, chainstay length and bottom bracket drop
The Hickman Bike's frame is made from TIG-welded chromoly steel
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The Hickman Bike's frame is made from TIG-welded chromoly steel
If you want a Hickman Bike frame, Mike will make you one for £2,000 (about US$2,780)
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If you want a Hickman Bike frame, Mike will make you one for £2,000 (about US$2,780)
All this adjustability means that the "cockpit" can be lengthened or shortened, or moved laterally in respect to the rest of the Hickman Bike
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All this adjustability means that the "cockpit" can be lengthened or shortened, or moved laterally in respect to the rest of the Hickman Bike
The Hickman Bike is all about the fit, and being able to adjust it as needed
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The Hickman Bike is all about the fit, and being able to adjust it as needed
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While getting a bicycle hand-built to your exact dimensions can indeed ensure a custom fit, it can also be quite expensive, plus that bike will be made mainly with one type of riding in mind. That's part of the reason that UK frame-builder Mike Hickman created the Hickman Bike. The idea behind it is that using an "off-the-rack" bike, riders will still be able to get that exact fit, and will also be able to adapt it for different types of riding.

First of all, it is of course possible to adjust some things on a regular bike, without swapping components – these include the height, angle and fore/aft position of the saddle, along with the height and angle of the handlebars.

Using the Hickman Bike's telescoping/pivoting frame sections, those same variables can likewise be adjusted, but over a much wider range. Additionally, it's also possible to move the handlebars fore and aft.

The Hickman Bike's frame is made from TIG-welded chromoly steel
The Hickman Bike's frame is made from TIG-welded chromoly steel

All this adjustability means that the "cockpit" can be lengthened or shortened, or moved laterally in respect to the rest of the bike. Some things do stay set, however, such as the head tube angle, chainstay length and bottom bracket drop.

The frame is made from TIG-welded chromoly steel. If you want one, and are willing to supply your own components, Mike will make you one for £2,000 (about US$2,780). Complete bikes are also available.

For another take on a one-frame-fits-all concept, check out the Universal Bike.

Source: Hickman Bikes

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5 comments
Timelord
Looks like it was inspired by the Softride beam bike and similar bikes. Terrible standover clearance, though. Make an emergency stop or even at a stoplight and you'll be singing soprano. Should have taken a tip from the Air Friday and included a collar at the end of the beam to accept a conventional seatpost.
Also, this still has plenty of problems with geometry. You can move handlebars and seat relative to the bottom bracket, but there will still be problems with weight distribution and poor steering response and/or stability from a stem that's adjusted too far forward or back. The simple fact is that one bike just can't fit all.
TheSplund
i rather think that a custom framed bike would actually cost you less and be a whole lot safer/stiffer/lighter/etc...
tacheonabike
cross between a ritchey litebeam and a moulton
wle
how heavy and expensive that thing must be
sk8dad
This is basically the same rig that competitive cycling shops use to fit a rider. Once the settings are iteratively dialed in, there's no more need to carry around all the baggage of all those adjustments. In a sense this would be better served as a road going fitting rig for rent than an actual bike anyone would buy.