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Saturday, February 21, 2015

La Sallians engineer world-class foldable bicycles

Faculty members of the De La Salle University Gokongwei College of Engineering in Manila have designed, engineered and are fabricating by hand world-class quality foldable bicycles that showcase Filipino innovation.

The idea for the invention came about when to Engr. Isidro Marfori III went to Engr. Carl Mamawal for a suitable foldable bike he can use for his 3-kilomenter commute to DLSU, since the ones available in the market did not fit him.
The resulting NYFTI bikes actually won the 2nd IdeaSpace Startup Competition with its handmade full-size geometrty bicycle with the smallest fold volume.
The three-fold design transforms the bike into the fold, park, and cart modes. The design allows the bike to fit into spaces suitable for bi-modal travel for city dwellers and have since been brought aboard Manila’s MRT, buses and even airplanes.
The NYFTI, which was launched in the 1st Philippine Bike Expo at the World Trade Center, is built with tough and light chromoly alloy steel, and weighs approximately 10 kilograms. The handmade bike has 8-speed gears and 16-inch wheels.
NYFTI Chief Executive Officer Mamawal was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Business Leaders to Watch Out for in 2015.

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