You Can Put These 21 LEGO-Like Pieces Together to Build a Bike
There’s just something so attractive about being able to carry things around in a backpack. Especially when they’re things that you never expected to carry around in a backpack — be it a cooler that’s also a chair that’s also a backpack, a foldable scooter or a bike. And while the Kit Bike isn’t the first bike in a bag we’ve shown you (remember Sada?), it is the only one we’ve seen that breaks down to such a wee size.
Concepted by Indian design company Lucid, the Kit Bike disassembles into 21 pieces, giving you the ease to travel with your bike… even when you’re not riding it. Imagine getting on the train without nearly knocking over every poor soul within a three-foot radius, taking your two wheels on a jet plane to Portland (so you can confirm or deny if it really is the most bikeable city) or even hauling it up to your sixth-floor studio walkup (not to mention storing it there).
Not only is the sleek, minimal white frame easy on eyes, but the circular leather backpack (circular to accommodate the wheels, in case that wasn’t clear) that it goes in is something we’d carry whether there was a bike in it or not.
By now you’re probably like, “Yeah, sure, that sounds great. But, 21 pieces?! It’s too many to put together quickly.” Well, allow the Lucid designers to blow your minds momentarily. The hollow aluminium bike twists and locks together, all sans tools and from one side of the bike. So prop it against a wall and forget about shimmying from side to side to get it ready to hit the road. It’s no wonder that Lucid won a Red Dot Design Award for it earlier this month.
We don’t need to tell you that gas prices are sky high and that, with more people in the world, city streets and freeways are more congested with cars, which is why we’re seeing so many bike innovations popping up on our monitors. Whether it’s Harley Davidson going electric and carbon-fiber smartbikes or rental services for wee ones and smart locks for your sweet ride, there are ideas wheeling around the cycling world that we want to hitch a ride on.
The Kit Bike is still in its concept phase, and there are no plans to put it into production yet. We’re taking it upon ourselves to send daily emails to Lucid Design to start their Kickstarter campaign already. We think you should do the same.
How sweet do you think the Kit Bike is? Let us know in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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