That’s what I think Finish designer Olli Erkkila really is anyway. But he says he isn’t. Listen, none of this matters. What matters here is that this bicycle exists and works, against anything your brain might be telling you. And it works by breaking away from any conventional mechanisms or classic designs of bikes.
If you sit and look at the frame long enough, you’ll notice a known bicycle form coming to light, the chopper. After you check out some of Olli’s other designs you’ll quickly agree. He seems to have a history with the chopper body style, and even boasts putting together a chopper frame in eight hours.
Even though you figure out that the Cruiser is designed after chopper dynamics, you’ll still have a hard time figuring out how to ride this thing. Check out the gallery if you’re unsure.
By the looks of it, the bicycle is a classic single-speed. No gear-shift, no electric motors or battery packs. Heck, I can’t even see any brake-lines on this cruiser. Only your legs to do the braking, like on the bikes we used to ride when we were kids.
Now the way it works is quite fascinating. Since no fork exists to house the front tire, which is crucial for steering, a whole new way of moving the tire had to be developed. It seems that what Olli did was drop the classic top-tank bulge of the chopper to the floor and mounted the front tire on that. OK, so we have the tire in place, but it can’t be steered? Not yet.
If you look closely at the rear of the bike, underneath the seat you’ll see a steering system that starts at the handle-bars, connects and runs down the vertical shaft underneath the seat, then connects to the previously mentioned steering bar. What Olli did to make this design work, may not be the most visually pleasing work, but it lays the foundation for a whole way to steer you bicycle.
Think about it, with the frame lowered like this, quite a lot of available space exists that could easily be transformed into something useful. Maybe a storage area.
But as the saying goes, if it looks dumb and works, then it isn’t dumb, and the cruiser does work. Interestingly smooth, really. I’d cruise around town on a Sunday with this just to see all the ‘What the’ faces.