Sidecar for bikes

East Sussex based TR Fastenings has helped produce a push bike sidecar for Swedish firm, Sidebuddy. It is hoped the contraption could help ease congestion while being a green option for future city transportation.

While using bicycles has become popular around city centres, the idea has not been as popular for those needing carry any kind of payload. This led Swedish designer Jordi Hans to design an easily attached side trailer.

Using its experience in assembly and fastener technology, TR Fastenings worked closely with Jordi Hans, from concept to the final design to overcame a number of design challenges, including finding a suitable way to connect the bicycle to the Sidebuddy, steering issues and combine functionality and top-quality design in a multi-functional, moving product.

The SideBuddy can be attached to either standard bicycles or new electric models and fits up to three children or cargo up to 120kg. Multi-functional and versatile, it is ideal for families, street sellers, tourists, commuters and even surfers.

Eugen Kühnl, engineering and R&D manager at TR Fastenings, said: “The components that were selected – such as screws, nuts, washers, springs and rubber parts - were already approved and validated for use in the automotive sector and readily available for us to supply.”

Tom Austin-Morgan

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