I'm designing a pubilc bicycle for uni and was wondering about this partricular feature found on the Strida folding bike; It features mono-forks, or some other name im sure they have, where by the wheels only have a member on one side, not like the traditional fork.
I'm after some more information; how do they work and why arent they common.....like are there wheel ballancing problems etc.
Non standard parts are an advantage in public-bike schemes.
The monofork is a good design. It was used on the carbon fibre Lotus bike in the 1982 Olympics. You need a hub with a fairly fat axle. There are no particular problems with balance but you need to be careful with the alignment of the axle.
You can repair a puncture without removing the wheel.