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By Ben Coxworth October 16, 2014
Remember the baby stroller/scooter hybrid known as the Roller Buggy? Even if you don't, its Austrian creator is now part of the team behind another unique mode of human-powered transportation. This one's called the Vello bike, and it features a unique folding mechanism along with some other clever innovations.
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Designed by Valentin Vodev (the Buggy guy) and Valerie Wolff, the Vello's rear triangle/wheel tucks in beneath the rest of the steel frame. It does so within just a second or two, simply by pushing your foot down on either of two pegs near its rear drop-outs – no flicking of levers is required. The bike's handlebars get folded sideways, and then the whole thing can be pushed along through tight spaces on its back wheel.
The rear triangle pivots near the bottom bracket, and is held in place while riding by a magnetic coupler at the top of the seat stays. That coupler doubles as an elastomer rear shock absorber.
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