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Product Design Assignment for HAN University for applied Sciences Engineering, Design and Innovation 110111

Idea: Montacle (cargo unit) / front loading bike Take out the front wheel of your existing (mountain)bike, and attach Montacle (cargo unit) to it: now it is a versatile front loading bike, with a low centre of gravity. The modular loading platform can transport people, goods, trays or crates. Coordinator: Danielle Hendriks - Design expert: Wina Smeenk - and Abboy Verkuilen Other contacts: > Luuk Eickmans – – luuk_eickmans (skype) > African Bicycle Network –

Opinion from the jury “The montacle is a great idea for expanding the usefulness of readily available standard bicycles. The detachable front loader can convert bikes that are not in use into cargo or passenger bikes”.

African Bicycle Design Contest 2010-2011 Assignment information Copyright  2010 Cycling out of Poverty

Assignment: Develop a cargo-unit (proto type), which attaches to existing frames, by replacing the front wheel. It should be able to either carry loads or persons. It should fit on the frontwheel hubs of all bicycles. The proto type should be accompanied with a business plan for a sustainable market penetration in Kenya.

Special attention: -


degree to which the design is tailored to needs of a target group in Africa, including affordability, ease of maintenance, durability, usability for certain niche markets, and appeal as status symbol possibilities for manufacturing the bicycle in workshops in Africa affordability of retail price (with or without a credit system) for the target group in Africa utilisation of local available and environmental friendly materials (bonus points) business plan on implementing the bicycle design (including the design of PR material) production manual, to be delivered in a way that local mechanics can manufacture it. This means a clear description of the materials and the chosen production processes. Technical specifications have to be delivered as well as a cost price calculation.

African Bicycle Design Contest 2010-2011 Assignment information Copyright  2010 Cycling out of Poverty

Updates: We request the wiki-bike design team to give regular updates on the therefore developed section at (guidelines will follow shortly). So please send the following to (1) usernames on of the bloggers and (2) image/avatar of the bloggers. Hopefully the wiki-bike design teams will also take initiative to promote their design assignment for the African Bicycle Design Contest by giving updates on social media like Facebook and Hyves. Support: Your contribution to by designing, co-creating and sharing ideas is tremendous. To make a lasting platform for co-creation and sharing of bicycle designs for Africa, support is very welcome. Donations or in-kind support are very important to us. Any contribution, big or small, is truly appreciated. Together we can make the difference. Cycling out of poverty  SNS Bank Account number: IBAN: NL68 SNSB 0906146356 Swift code: SNSBNL2A

African Bicycle Design Contest 2010-2011 Assignment information Copyright  2010 Cycling out of Poverty

Assigment University of Applied Sciences Arnhem/Nijmegen  

With this African Bicycle Design Contest we aim to design bicycles tuned to the needs of (potential) bicycle users in Africa. Hereby the des...

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