As urban commuting on two wheels becomes increasingly popular, more and more bikes feature ingenious designs that appeal especially to urban dwellers. Yet, even in a crowded market, the Pendler stands out.
Created by London design agency, Layer Design, the Pendler takes inspiration from Denmark’s long tradition of cycling, with the name translating to “commuting” in Danish. Right from the start, the U-shaped frame makes a lasting impression, looking like an enormous smile, or a sagging piece of pasta, as one colleague noted.
The Pendler features a 45Nm electric motor that’s concealed within the frame, along with a removable 250Wh battery that can propel the bike to speeds upwards of 15.5 miles per hour (25 km/h) and provide assistance for up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) on a single charge.
Perhaps, most importantly, the Pendler’s compact wheelbase paired with detachable wheels and folding pedals and handles, allows it to be easily stored away once the rider has reached his or her destination.
Unfortunately, the Pendler only exists as a concept. But, with skyrocketing fuel prices and traffic continuing to increase exponentially in major cities across the world, the pedelec may one-day leap from the drawing board and onto the pavement sometime in the near future.
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