A Ladies' Commuter Bicycle (2009)

Wytze van Mansum

Supervisory Team
Bruno Ninaber van Eyben
Annemiek van Boeijen

Cannondale Nederland
Torgny Fjeldskaar

For his concept bike, Wytze van Mansum decided to move away from the image of the lycra-clad, male-dominated sport that was cycling in the US. His ladies’ commuter bicycle was a lifestyle choice for women who cared about their health and the environment, but also valued a carefree and stylish ride.

With its gears and brakes fully integrated in the hubs, the Dutchess was low-maintenance as well as free from sharp edges and greasy parts. Its sleek lines belied the technical intricacies. The rear mudguard was a structural part of the frame which allowed the carrier to carry a load of up to 50 kg.

Riders could vary their position from upright and proud to streamlined and sporty thanks to the adjustable handlebars (which also made for easy storage). The fashionable mint green colour promised a stylish, as well as a comfortable commute.

About the design process:

The integration of bicycle design has continued over the past decade. The VanMoof Electrified e-bikes with their extended top tube with integrated motor, battery, lock, alarm, GPS, display and lighting are the ultimate example.