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April 15, 2005

Simply sensational: A tricycle that morphs into a bicycle — on the fly!


Talk about original: American designers Scott Shim, Ryan Lightbody and Matt Grossman last month won the grand prize in a bicycle design competition held by the Taiwanese government.

Their Shift bicycle (above and below) is a children's training bike with paired back wheels that splay when the bike is at rest.

When the bike is moving an articulating hub draws the wheels inward to mimic a single wheel and "make the aesthetics cool," said Shim in Bradford McKee's short piece on the bike that appeared in yesterday's New York Times.



[via Bradford McKee and the New York Times]

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Where can I buy this bicycle in Germany?

Posted by: H. Wilhelm | Aug 29, 2008 7:49:27 AM

Are these for sale in the US...if so, where can I find one?

Posted by: Shannon | Apr 24, 2008 1:30:41 PM

how much does it cost?

Posted by: | Mar 4, 2008 8:21:14 PM

My kid is eight years old, and is 4.1´ tall,
Does your Tricycle is suitable for him?

How much does it costs?

and How can I buy one of this?


Luis Navarro

Posted by: Luis Navarro | Feb 2, 2008 1:21:11 PM

I know I'm a rare breed, but I'm one of the few adults in this country who never learned to ride a bike. I would LOVE to try this one. When and where can I buy it?

Posted by: Susan | Sep 13, 2007 11:13:05 AM

When can we buy one of these? Tried finding it all over the web but cant locate it- able to purchase these? Please send me a link or an answer! Thanks!!

Posted by: Janice | May 1, 2007 3:30:12 PM

great idea' how much does it cost and where can i get it?

Posted by: yael | Mar 18, 2007 5:18:24 AM

When and where will this bicycle be available? What is the cost?

Posted by: Cathy | Nov 14, 2006 12:31:10 PM

I have a handicapped 18 year old son that could use an adult version of this bike. When and where would I be able to purchase one?? Thanks for inventing such a fantastic bike. I am a physical therapist and know so many that would benefit from this.


Posted by: Bernadette | Nov 6, 2006 9:34:47 AM

I read about this tricyce in Times Of India, India. This is good tricycle.It will make good Business and will start new revolution in Bicycles.
Please give me rear wheel mechanism in detail with animated working if possible bcoz i want to study it.
Thank You.

Posted by: Shashikant Khate | Oct 18, 2006 10:16:48 AM

Is the shift bike available in the market. If so could I have the details as to whom to contact.

Thank you


Posted by: Daljit | Oct 9, 2006 9:16:31 AM

Hello, any new info on when the shift bike will be available to purchase or who we can contact?


Posted by: brandon | Oct 4, 2006 8:26:54 AM

My husband saw the add for this bike in a magizine, and we would love to get one for our grandson please let us know when, and where we will be able to purchase one.

Posted by: Marilyn | Sep 17, 2006 7:13:43 PM

Still awaiting details of when and where I can purchase a few of these awesome bikes!
A few MD's at the hospital are interested as well!
Please fill in the gaps for us!
Thanks! Go Indiana

Posted by: Charlene | Sep 12, 2006 3:25:04 AM

I want to buy one of these bikes. I saw it on tv about a year ago. Please let me know how I can get one. What a wonderful idea!

Posted by: Cathy Ison | Jul 19, 2006 3:17:44 PM

Where can we buy the Shift, and were it's selling? I need a birthday present for my son.

Posted by: ARM | Jul 13, 2006 10:38:21 PM

When, where, and how can I buy one

Posted by: dme | Jun 6, 2006 9:58:59 PM

I love this bike. Will a version of it come out for adults. I would definitely buy one. I'm afraid of heights and find most bike too high off the ground for my taste. Please make a note of this...thanks

Posted by: Myriam MOrales | May 23, 2006 4:28:33 PM

This is just what we need for our physically challenged child. He desperately wants to learn to ride a bicycle with his siblings but is too heavy for training wheels. Thank you for this incredible design. When will they be available commercially?

Posted by: SFM | May 23, 2006 10:48:11 AM

So the ultimate question is... when is it going to be available for purchase???

Posted by: Brennan | May 18, 2006 10:27:53 AM

My husband can't ride a bike and he's been bugging me about this bike ever since he saw it in Time. Please make it for adults so my husband can ride bikes with us! Where and when can I purchase one for him?

Posted by: Marcy | May 11, 2006 11:53:32 AM

Where can I get one of these amazing bicycles? This is the kind of thing we need in Africa!

Posted by: Rodney from South Africa | May 3, 2006 2:08:30 AM

I´m very interested in buying your Shift bicycle for my son since he has a handicap and can´t ride a normal bicycle. I´ve looked around for other options (tricycle, etc) but yours is by far the best I´ve seen.
I Think your bicycle would be a great way for him to learn to ride and feel like the other kids.
Please reply.... Thanks

Posted by: Max | Apr 30, 2006 3:35:35 AM

Where can I purchase one of these? I have a 7 year old nephew who is handicapped and I think that this product would work well with him. He was supposed to be in a bike parade the other day, but was embarrassed because he thought that the other kids would make fun of him riding with training wheels. I thought this would be great for him.

Thank you!

Posted by: Elisa Covington | Apr 24, 2006 9:01:11 PM

What a great bike for people with vestibular issues! My 7 year old son says he feels like he is falling when he tries to ride his two-wheeler with training wheels. This bike is so awesome! Where can we get one!!!

Posted by: Kim | Apr 13, 2006 11:46:12 AM

Sounds great but how do I get one for my 11yr old
son. Does anyone know? Thanks Chuck

Posted by: Chuck | Apr 4, 2006 4:55:06 PM

I am joining the list of people wanting to buy this unique bicycle. I want to purchase not one, but two. Hopefully, they will be available for purchase really soon. Please let me know when and where a.s.a.p. Thank you.

Posted by: Lida | Mar 31, 2006 10:49:02 AM

Great design ! I am highly interested in buying the shift bike for my 5 years old son. When and where will they be available for purchase ?

Posted by: Smet Dominique | Mar 22, 2006 2:51:48 AM

Like everyone else when can I buy one.

Posted by: Fred Boutwell | Mar 21, 2006 5:34:44 PM

My son also saw the Times for Kids article and thinks this great idea could help him to feel comfortable riding . . . he's had some issues with balance for several years. Right now he is 10 years old and weighs about 125 lbs. What is the weight limit for this bike and would it be appropriate for his height 4'9" ?

Posted by: renee | Mar 13, 2006 10:15:17 AM

Would also like to be know when and where they going to be sold, and are they going for $100. like I saw it Times for kids.

Posted by: Sharon | Jan 28, 2006 4:59:49 PM

Please make one for adults! I can't ride a bike either. xo

Posted by: Annie Heckman | Jan 11, 2006 12:18:54 PM

I am highly interested in buying the shift bicycle for my 4 years old son. How do we get information when this bicycle will be in production. I read in Popular Science, it will be available to the public during the summer. Can I pre-order the bike.

Interested in New York

Posted by: Philippe Rodriguez | Jan 10, 2006 3:51:46 PM

You have to make this for adults! Please Please Please! I never learned to ride a bike, and when I saw this in the Time magazine - I said this is it! My brother- in - law (also a big kid) wants one too. The Times had the Price as 100 bucks. I am ready to pre-order..........would love to test drive.


Posted by: Daisy | Jan 6, 2006 11:16:58 PM

Ingenius! Interested in purchasing, where, when available?!?!?! Gotta Love Hoosier Educations! Awesome!

Posted by: Lisa | Dec 30, 2005 12:13:30 PM

would it be possible to make one of these for a very mature,adult who has never learned to ride a bike and is finding it very difficult to do so now?

Posted by: anne holmes | Dec 6, 2005 3:13:06 PM

I have to have one where can I get this for my kids?

Posted by: Karl Engelmann | Nov 30, 2005 2:10:55 PM

Great idea! When and where can I order?

Posted by: Mark Evans | Nov 30, 2005 12:59:45 PM

saw mention of Shift Bicycle in Popular Science. Our bicycle shop may be interested in selling this product. When and where are you considering distibuting them? Please, please, please not through mass merchants!!!!!111

Posted by: Keri Stelzer | Nov 28, 2005 5:59:45 PM

Will it be available for adults? Because that is so cool that everybody will want one.

Posted by: Calvin D | Nov 21, 2005 11:28:56 PM

when and where will they be available for purchase? coolest design

Posted by: john valenz | Nov 14, 2005 4:54:45 PM

Dear Sir or Madam,

Interested in purchasing shift bicycle. Is it in production? Want to know cost along with freight delivery expenses to Europe.

Kind regards,

Robert Camilleri

Posted by: Robert Camilleri | Oct 24, 2005 10:51:13 AM

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