Unique bike design solutions
Designing specialist bicycles
How did Jan set about adapting the standard bicycle to solve peoples transport problems?
His range of specialist bicycles includes models that:
- have more than the usual two wheels, making them stable for transporting heavy loads and wriggly children
- are designed to carry awkward shapes and bulky loads
- can carry lots of people at once
- can avoid traffic jams in cities and get to places that cars and vans cant reach.
The picture shows one of Jans designs - the Filipallet. This was designed to carry entire pallets (wooden trays) of goods between its back wheels. With a maximum load of 250 kilos, the Filipallet has the advantage of being able to carry goods into city centres that are inaccessible for cars and vans.
Other designs include:
- the Filibak - designed to carry four children or up to 200 kilos (city tradespeople often use this to carry their tool-boxes)
- the Filibus - designed to carry three children or up to 80 kilos
- a trike built to carry six children - used a lot by day nurseries for outings to the park or zoo. Each child has fixed handlebars with a bell, sits on a saddle, and doesnt get wet as the trike has a roof
- bicycles for people with special needs, with detachable seats and wheelchairs.