Ever since I saw this post on Inhabitat a few months back, I’ve been thinking about this limited-edition Abici reproduction of a 1940s bike design originally commissioned by Mussolini:

Never mind that there’s no obvious way to transport any children or cargo with such a compact vehicle (I guess you might be able to rig up panniers or a rear rack). I’m intrigued. It looks like it could be a brilliant alternative to a folder for taking on the train. But nobody seems to have reviewed the darling thing. So, has anyone tried it?

from Flikr via Italian website Ciclistica
…Notice that Abici have changed the handlebar position from the originals.
There’s also a photo of one of the original ones in a museum here.

Or, for my intrepid mechanic readers: do you know anyone who has tried to make a Velocino, like this guy did?

I’m just really curious about how it rides…

4 thoughts on “Velocino

  1. Very cool design, though they look pretty scary to ride!

    I tried to link through to Google+ but no dice. Thanks for trying Deborah 🙂

  2. Josh: Damn, they must have closed the exploit. Apparently Mike is the only one in that batch that it worked for, and it took hours for the email to be delivered to him. =/ We’ll just need to be patient as they gradually roll out the invitations I guess?

  3. That is so crazy and cool looking! I haven’t seen anything like that in Seattle, but will keep my eyes open for one. There are some eccentric bicycles out there. I’d love to take one of those for a test ride.

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