Designer wins award for folding bike

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A BETTER kind of bike has won a prestigious international award for Sheffield designer Heath Reed.

Heath, who is principle industrial designer at Sheffield Hallam University’s Design Futures research group, came up with a unique folding large wheeled bike designed for use in all sorts of conditions.

The Ultimate Urban Utility bike – nicknamed the U3 – can handle different terrains far better than other folding bikes.

Heath has now won an excellence award in the International Bicycle Design Awards in Taiwan.

His bike design came joint fourth out of 863 entries in the global c ompetition, organised by the Cycling and Health Technology Center, and held in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

Heath said: “I set myself the challenge of designing a tough, rugged, large-wheeled folding bike, with all the benefits and accessibility of a normal bicycle, while being quick and easy to fold, to a compact size.

“The modular design means the bike is cheap and can be easily repaired and upgraded, giving it a long lifespan.”