9 months ago...
...I had this sketch of what I thought would theoretically hold a bike at its front wheels. I had decided at this point that the stand would NOT hold the rear wheels for a couple of reasons:
- If the front wheel was not secured--and only the rear wheel was--the front wheel could still roll away from the bike, causing it to tilt and fall.
- The spacing between the rear drop outs (where the rear wheel is connected to the bike frame) of different bikes varies more than that of the front fork, so trying to fit the rear wheel would reduce the stand's compatibility.
- There's usually a lot more parts in the rear, including gears, derailers, and quick-release levers, etc., making it more difficult to just "lift and place" the bike onto a bike stand.
As you can see, the prototype is not so much different from the sketch--a rarity, really, in the design field. But I'm also afforded the freedom to pursue what I think is a purer design intent because I work independently so I definitely don't take that for granted.
The main features are still present: the stainless steel wireform frame, the pyramidal structure that gives the stand such stability, and the airy look of the whole stand that makes it blend into a bike's wheels. In fact, I did away with some of the unnecessary items such as a hook, an over-the-top (and very expensive) leather bottom, and pockets.
Speaking of pockets, I had a pouch idea that I was tinkering with early on in the project but decided that as functional as it was, it really undermined the basic intent of the bike stand, which is to be a natural part of the interior setting. After all, would anyone put a toolbox in the middle of the livingroom even if the tools were great-looking? Maybe I'm wrong...either way, I'll have to post a picture of that pouch I made in a future update...
What do you think? Not too bad for a concept sketch, if I do say so myself!
The second photo is a completely gratuitous photo of my bike (did I mention I love it?) in front of a nondescript brick wall in the Meatpacking District in NYC. Now why is a nondescript brick wall in the Meatpacking District in NYC different from any other nondescript brick wall such that it had to be a nondescript brick wall in the Meatpacking District in NYC? Because it's New York. (Think about that.) ;)