My jaw actually dropped when I saw this gorgeous bike by Ron Arad. He has literally reinvented the wheel with these flower-shaped steel tires — like nothing I've seen before. Yes, it does work, and if you live in London you can even take it for a spin!
The wheels are made of ribbons of steel and are all bolted at strategic points. The wheels are actually oversized in order to work, but the faster you ride, the smoother the bike goes. You'll never have to worry about a flat tire!
From Ron Arad:
I wanted to explore the idea of a bike with no wheels, with just the suspension, like a smile without the cat. I was curious how I could make this happen, especially as it's being fuelled by such a great cause... and I can tell you that what's happened from a two minute sketch is already a miracle!
The WOW Bike is a one-off created to be auctioned through Facebook as part of WOW Bikes, a fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Along with five other bikes, Aran's design is at Leicester Square's W Hotel, where hotel guests can take them for a spin until October 29.
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(Images via Fast Company)