I have decided to design for hybrid bicycles has they are known as the 'all rounder' of bicycles and fall into the price range appropriate for my target market.
Hybrid bike: best all-rounder
generic hybrid models
I have chosen a few models from the following brands within the price range of £300-400.
Trek 8.2 DS 2016 Hybrid Bike
Raleigh Circa 2 2017 Hybrid Bike
Trek FX 2017 Hybrid Bike
Specialized Alibi 2017 Hybrid Bik
Evans Cycles. (n.d.). Specialized Alibi 2017 Hybrid Bike | HYBRID BIKES | Evans Cycles. [online] Available at: https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-alibi-2017-hybrid-bike-EV279760 [Accessed 27 Feb. 2017].
need, B. (n.d.). Best hybrid bikes: a buyer's guide to find what you need. [online] BikeRadar. Available at: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/best-hybrid-bikes-a-buyers-guide-to-find-what-you-need-47046/ [Accessed 27 Feb. 2017].
BikeRadar. (n.d.). Best bike: our buyer's guide to which bicycle type you should buy. [online] Available at: http://www.bikeradar.com/beginners/gear/article/what-type-of-bike-should-i-buy-39627/ [Accessed 27 Feb. 2017].
I find it is easier for me to design for a rack with the actual product in front of me, rather than knowing the dimensions and applying them to a program such as Solidworks. I decided to take a trip to Halford's to purchase one for the use of this project, however I found looking at older products on the market very interesting.
Before knowing the capacities of putting storage on the back, I wanted to put the storage on the front because I felt it would give the owner the piece of mind of seeing their pet is well. I find it hard to imagine that cyclists are comfortable using children's trailers without being able to see their child. After seeing the 'fuel tank' in Halford's and the image of a phone on the top tube I thought about maybe having a mirror or camera in this position to keep an eye on the pet in a CCTV-type style.
I was interested to see an alternative pannier racking system by the company MTX. Instead of using straps around the generic system, it used a slotting mechanism instead. As this was a more sophisticated solution, it was one you had to 'buy into'. By that I mean, the initial racking system was double the price of the average pannier rack and all the accessories you would purchase with it had to make sure were compatible with the new system. It reminded me of the Apple trap where all chargers, systems and software are different and do not work within other systems as Google and Android. I wondered whether to decide
I also looked at generic racks and accessories for panniers.
I looked at more storage options and the more stylized models that would suit my target market.
I have brought a pannier rack to work on for sketch models. It has already got a four-legged friend interested.
As I am looking to design for Europeans outside of the UK, I made use of my week in Spain to take note of their cultural view on cycling and the bikes, products and infrastructure they use to accommodate their bicycle-use.
(Photos by author)
There was a bike outside out apartment with a pannier rack on the back. I often through adding a rack would ruin the aesthetic of the bike but it looked as if it was made for it. I took notice of how the pannier was a good place to store safety bicycle protocol such as a rear light.
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