Ever had to carry your bike up a set of stairs or through a crowded intersection? The conventional bike frame was built to be ridden not carried, meaning the acute inner angles and thin bars that often find their way to our shoulders are in no way ergonomical. South Korean bicycle commuter and industrial designer Shangho Kim has designed a solution to the woes that arise from commuter squish and two wheeler lift. The Shoulder Bike aims to have help people “go up and down the stairs with greater ease and comfort than ever before”.
Much of the design merit lies in the ergonomic sling situated in the lower joinery of the seat tube and top tube and the absence of the down tube. A lightweight carbon fiber body means the light as a feather stallion can be thrown onto the owner’s shoulder with ease. The gears and chain have been placed much closer together also, with the traditional spoked wheel thrown to the wind.
All of this culminates for a sleek and sexy design, but would the rider experience be compromised? A small gear ratio may result in a difficult wheel turn and would the frame be able to handle dropping off gutters and hitting pot holes?
Would you ride the shoulder bike?