the Sandwichbike is not something that would satisfy a growling tummy, but instead, it is really a bicycle (yes! a bicycle!) that could provide you with the gratification of putting a rideable bicycle together. which means this is essentially a DIY bicycle, but less the daunting tasks of fabricating the parts. touted as the first flat packed bicycle, the Sandwichbike’s main frame is weather-coated beech plywood plates, held together by bolts and aluminum smart cylinders, as opposed to welded steel frame found in regular bicycles. heck, even the fork are of beech plywood – weather-coated, naturally. though you wouldn’t have much cushioning to talk about in the suspension department – still, it is impressive nonetheless. just imagine this: a pedal-powered two-wheeler that is void of welding joints. how cool is that? ‘very cool’ would be what we use to describe it.
like a flat-packed furniture from IKEA, the Sandwichbike comes in a flat cardboard box and has the basic tools you need to assemble it. all it takes is just 30 minutes or so of your time and that’s a fraction of the time you’d use to put a scaled car model together. as a bicycle, it comes standard with Shimano single speed coaster brake, 14G stainless steel spokes, Schwalbe 26-inch Big Apple tires, and a stainless steel chain (a saddle is include, of course). this bicycle-in-a-box has a 51cm bike frame and measures 175 cm x 62 cm x 95 cm, but comes delivered to you in a “sandwich box” of size 94cm x 70 cm x 24 cm, and it tips the scale at a mere 17 kilograms (37.5 lbs). super cool is what we would summarized the Sandwichbike.
the Sandwichbike is available to the European markets now for €799 (or about US$1,100) and pre-order for the rest of the world, with shipment expected to start in January 2014. a look at this beauty from the top after the break.