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2013/46/1 Folding bicycle with manual and packaging, 'FlipBike', steel / plastic / paper, designed by Ideation Design and Flipbike Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, made in China, 2011. Click to enlarge.

FlipBike folding balance bicycle

Designed
The FlipBike was a winner in the 2011 Australian International Design Awards. In terms of innovation, it has modified balance bikes for children in two key areas: in terms of materials, they utilise steel for durability and longevity, and also its compactness. Without chains or pedals, this children's bike folds with one click for easy transport and storage.

The bike is designed in a visually fun way for kids and in a practical way for parents. The designers were intent on having the FlipBike be as visually aesthetic in its collapsed form as it in when ready to ride.

It is a big moment for many families is when a child learns to ride his or her bike. From tricycles to training wheels, most kids have small bicycle before graduating to another type of off-road or speed bike in their teens. The FlipBike teaches children too young for pedals and chains about balance, coordination and speed control and has exceeded safety standards for materials, construction and packaging. It is more convenient for parents to carry and store than its wooden counterparts, as it folds in on itself with a single click.

Deborah Turnbull
Assistant Curator
May 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle

http://www.gooddesignaustralia.com/awards/past/entry/flipbike/?year=2011

Summary

Object No.

2013/46/1

Object Statement

Folding bicycle with manual and packaging, 'FlipBike', steel / plastic / paper, designed by Ideation Design and Flipbike Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, made in China, 2011

Physical Description

This orange and yellow Flipbike is a durable compact outdoor bicycle. Its purpose is to teach children about balance, coordination and speed control. When open a child can straddle the frame, propel and stop themselves using their feet on the ground. When closed the flipbike can easily be carried or stored.
(1) folding bicycle
(1) manual
(1) packaging

Dimensions

Height

510 mm

Width

320 mm

Weight

3.3 kg

Production

Designed

Made

Notes

This object is designed in Australia by Matt Kilham of FlipBike Pty Ltd in collaboration with Ideation Design. Manufactured in China. Model # B-1.

History

Notes

This object was first exhibited with the Powerhouse Museum as part of the 2011 Australian International Design Awards. This object came to the museum on loan from the designer and we were gifted the object on the 20 February 2013.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Matt Kilham, 2013

Acquisition Date

31 May 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

FlipBike folding balance bicycle 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 September 2020, <https://ma.as/463545>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/463545 |title=FlipBike folding balance bicycle |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=26 September 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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