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may 12, 2010

tato bicycles

image: tato bicylces

swiss bicycle maker tato manufactures a bike designed for the daily commuter that holds the rider’s briefcase directly inside its frame. instead of carrying your bag or attaching a carrier onto the front or back of your bike, tatos have a small void inside their frame they call cssb (central storage system for bicycles). their belongings simply insert into the 400 x 320 x 95 mm space with no need to secure it further. their central resting point is ideal for maintaining a natural center of gravity. the bike frame simply juts out slightly to surround the object and the added structure protects the good in case of a collision. the bike sells for about 1400 USD.

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tato bicycles image: tato bicylces

tato bicycles image: tato bicylces

via bicycle design

  • finally, some usefull modifications of a regular bike

    rok says:
  • great idea and interesting aesthetic

    db says:
  • Too small for a 24 of beer though ?!

    Harvey Millstone says:
  • thats a great idea!
    i have grappled with this idea before and not thought of anything like that, for those of us who don’t like/want panniers its a good option
    what about some weather proofing?
    agree with harvey though push it out to 140mm and you might be able to slot in a 24pk of cans!

    Scott says:
  • Thank God, somewhere to put my *briefcase*. What era is this thing designed for?

    pfg says:
  • not so great for us girls!!! try some more!

    simone says:
  • no pedals??? 😉
    Nice idea, but for the girls…

    difriri says:
  • @simone. Men exist too, i guess 😉

    Yann says:
  • Bikes are often supplied without pedals. They are added later because different people like different setups (Lock In, regular, small, large etc). Of coarse you can’t ride it without some pedals!! : |

    Anders, Sydney says:
  • Great idea, wrong decade. Who carries a briefcase these days. Laptop bag maybe. Needs more thought on what we all current carry around to work…

    CheetahB says:
  • Yes, I agree that nobody carries briefcases anymore. The bike looks interesting fro the side though. As for the missing pedals, of course it has pedals, this model just doesn’t have it on yet, it does have the whole for the pedal as you can see.

    Gerard C. says:
  • i wonder if the increased width will affect riding. You wouldn’t want it too wide otherwise you’ll smack your knees against it.
    And yes, few people use briefcases these days. All you need is a Backpack to fit your laptop, phone, wallet and keys

    Noel says:
  • er, a laptop bag is pretty much the same as a briefcase. I’m sure it would be compatible. Use your imagination a bit?

    I really like the idea, though it doesn’t seem to be a “commuter” bike. Looks more like a mountain bike. It’s also very expensive, it would be great if the same idea could be used for a bike that costs under 0.

    Piers says:
  • An idea is always good – may it be futile or genious – for it can lead to other projects and other approaches to that problem solution.
    There was a motorcycle from BMW a few years ago that had a symilar approach to this problem.

    Tiago Dargent Monteiro says:
  • Hmmm… I see a ton of problems with this idea.
    1) Stand over height
    2) Banging knees on the wider bars
    3) Limited function, market
    4) Heavier frame
    5) Costly to produce (too many weld points)

    Robhon says:
  • This is all style, no substance. Do you really want your laptop bag, briefcase or portfolio covered in oil, dirt, fuel, s**t and water? The first image is also photoshoped. Its sad that such a potentially good idea has been rushed out for marketing reasons, now it will be ripped off before it can be put into large scale production. I know this because i actually work where things are made, not at a computer. Rucksacks, are a lot cheaper than 1400usd

    Simon says:
  • It always amazes how know-it-alls can shoot down a good idea without any knowledge of the subject matter.
    This is an incremental design improvement in an incredibly efficient machine, the bicycle.
    You guys who know everything about everything should shut up.

    Bingo Sun Noon says:
  • use a messenger bag, use a bagpack or for heaven’s sake take whatever bag or briefcase in your right hand and cycle with only your left hand on the handlebar.

    shocks get only absorbed properly if the luggage (laptop or any other delicate load) is carried on the body and not directly on the cycle.

    @ Bingo Sun Noon: If you’d know anything about commuting with a bike in nasty weather big city conditions carrying a laptop you’d recognize too how completely useless this idea is. The bicycle is only an incredibly efficient machine if its concept is not affected by some pseudo-innovation.

    …and oh yeah, all of you complaining in a design-blog about having no pedals on the bike… come on, just get lost.

    alex says:
  • what’s so speacial??

    mc925 says:

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