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The design of a composite folding bike to improve the user experience of commuters

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Over the last years, the popularity of folding bikes has been increasing as a result of the rise of multi-modal transport. They are used by commuters as a complement to public transport. Despite the increasing popularity, the current market offer of folding bikes still represents quite some restrictions and downsides which decrease their usability. This paper shows a user-centred process of designing and prototyping a composite folding bike with the aim of improving the user experience of folding bike using commuters. By improving the usability and ease of use of folding bikes, their full potential can be unlocked. The design process led to a disruptive folding bike design with front and rear single-sided offset wheel mounting. The concept excels in its intuitive and quick folding mechanism, superior riding performance and comfort, adjustability and overall ease of use. In addition to the design process and prototyping of the folding bike, this extended abstract elaborates on the performed user tests and its results. These tests range from the impact of offset wheels to the intuitiveness of the folding mechanism and were performed in order to prove different aspects of the design. This research shows how rethinking and redesigning a bike concept (product) from scratch, using a user-centred design process and taking into account the three aspects — business, technology and people — can lead to a disruptive design that improves usability and the overall user experience of the stakeholders.
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User centered design, Composites

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Vervisch, Thomas, Yannick Christiaens, and Jan Detand. 2018. “The Design of a Composite Folding Bike to Improve the User Experience of Commuters.” In Proceedings of2018 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018), ed. Jan Detand and Ruxu Du. Paris: EDP Ssiences.
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Vervisch, T., Christiaens, Y., & Detand, J. (2018). The design of a composite folding bike to improve the user experience of commuters. In J. Detand & R. Du (Eds.), Proceedings of2018 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018). Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018), Paris: EDP Ssiences.
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Vervisch T, Christiaens Y, Detand J. The design of a composite folding bike to improve the user experience of commuters. In: Detand J, Du R, editors. Proceedings of2018 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018). Paris: EDP Ssiences; 2018.
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Vervisch, Thomas, Yannick Christiaens, and Jan Detand. “The Design of a Composite Folding Bike to Improve the User Experience of Commuters.” Proceedings of2018 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018). Ed. Jan Detand & Ruxu Du. Paris: EDP Ssiences, 2018. Print.
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  abstract     = {Over the last years, the popularity of folding bikes has been increasing as a result of the rise of multi-modal transport. They are used by commuters as a complement to public transport. Despite the increasing popularity, the current market offer of folding bikes still represents quite some restrictions and downsides which decrease their usability. This paper shows a user-centred process of designing and prototyping a composite folding bike with the aim of improving the user experience of folding bike using commuters. By improving the usability and ease of use of folding bikes, their full potential can be unlocked. The design process led to a disruptive folding bike design with front and rear single-sided offset wheel mounting. The concept excels in its intuitive and quick folding mechanism, superior riding performance and comfort, adjustability and overall ease of use. In addition to the design process and prototyping of the folding bike, this extended abstract elaborates on the performed user tests and its results. These tests range from the impact of offset wheels to the intuitiveness of the folding mechanism and were performed in order to prove different aspects of the design. This research shows how rethinking and redesigning a bike concept (product) from scratch, using a user-centred design process and taking into account the three aspects — business, technology and people — can lead to a disruptive design that improves usability and the overall user experience of the stakeholders.},
  author       = {Vervisch, Thomas and Christiaens, Yannick and Detand, Jan},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of2018 3rd International Conference on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Modeling and Mechatronics (IC4M 2018)},
  editor       = {Detand, Jan and Du, Ruxu},
  keywords     = {User centered design,Composites},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Barcelona},
  publisher    = {EDP Ssiences},
  title        = {The design of a composite folding bike to improve the user experience of commuters},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/matecconf/201816701001},
  year         = {2018},
}

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