I'm a fourth year mechanical engineering student at nottingham university over in rainy England. My major group project this this is the design and prototyping of a novel folding bike... daunting.
Our thought's are of a full size road/commuter bike that'll fold up to fit inside the 26 inch wheels, much like dom's contortion bike on youtube.
We are also looking into the prospect of hybrid electric drive. we've got a development budget of £500.
I was just looking to get your thoughts and ideas. If you had any preference to the drive mechanism, chain, shaft etc and how relevant electric power would be. The market we're aiming for is strictly commuting, maybe getting people off scooters and out of cars.
Thanks for any insight you can provide