Another bike joins the fold

It seems we've gone a bit crazy for nice-looking bikes. Even foldaways. We featured the new Swissbike LX last month and have now taken a shine to this spanking new edition to the folding bike genre - the IF-Mode.

The handiwork of industrial designer Mark Sanders for Pacific Cycles of Taiwan, its novel firstly for the fact it's a proper, full-sized bike with 26 inch wheels, so avoiding the usual inferiority complex you get with typical scaled-down designs. The patented system quickly leaves it ready to be wheeled around or carried via a built-in handle. 

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It's already a multi-award winner - including the impressive-sounding International Forum Design Gold Award - but comes in at an early adopter premium price of over £1,500 for the limited edition stocks. Still, it could be the start of something. Available from Areaware

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