Given that a significant number of cyclists are recreational or weekend warriors, it is quite common to see them drive to a particular spot with their bikes mounted on racks, complete their rides, mount back the bicycles and proceed on elsewhere. For those who drive, bicycle racks are usually rear-mounted for the removable types and there are also the more permanent, roof-mounted options.
However, what is not so common are motorbikes which allow bicycles to be racked up. Conventional two wheeled motorbikes are usually narrower in profile from the front and it is difficult to add on accessories without adding on to the existing dimensions of the vehicle.
Not so with Adiva. The Italian company was the first to patent a foldable roof design for scooters back in 1999. Specifically, it is the AR3 200 model that can be adapted to fit two complete bikes without modifying existing dimensions on the bike.
The Adiva AR3 200 has 3 wheels for added stability: one at the front and two at the rear.
We spoke to Mr Eugene Mah, Managing Director of MAH Pte Ltd, the local distributor for Adiva scooters in Singapore, about the inspiration behind the unique scooter that can carry two full-sized bicycles.
How did the idea for modifying the AR3 to fit bicycles come about? What are the market demands (if any) that are projected?
The idea came about when MAH Pte Ltd Chairman, Mr John Mah caught on the cycling fever. He recognised a few things:
a) Fitting a rack to the car was cumbersome and once fitted, most likely it will not be removed.
b) Prices of cars are out of reach to some cyclists. This would cause a lot of cyclists to miss out on opportunities to cycle in other parts of Singapore. For instance, if you own a mountain bike but stayed in Pasir Ris, getting to the Bukit Timah trail will be really tough if you did not own a car. You could either borrow a vehicle, car pool with someone with a rack, pay for a service to transport your bike or cycle on the roads, which may be tiring and time consuming.
c) The easiest mode of transport currently is with a commercial vehicle but without a registered company, most cyclists would not be able to own one.
Is there a specific name/ model for this AR3 configuration?
There is no specific name given. It is basically an AR3 200 that was modified to carry 2 bicycles.
Are there any size and weight limitations to the bicycles that can fit on the AR 3? Can it also carry mountain-bike and/or foldable bikes?
The design was made to be versatile with adjustable mounting brackets and strap ons. As long as the bicycle has 2 tires and a frame, it can be fitted on. I just fitted my fat bike with 26 x 4.0 inch tires on it!
What components or accessories are required for the conversion to carry bicycles on the AR 3? Do they all come supplied with the bike when purchased or some mounts need to be bought separately?
Right now we are in the testing and prototype phase. If it works well, we can start looking into having the bike come fully equipped. Currently we are working on a few options, mainly:
1. AR3 200 with 2 bicycle mounts and a rear box
2. AR3 200 with 1 bicycle mount, a larger rear box and side box.
This would be highly useful for dispatch riders who make multiple deliveries in places like industrial estates where each drop off location is too near to ride but too far to walk. So the idea behind this is to park your bike, un-mount the bicycle and do the delivery rounds. This cuts the cost of petrol for delivery companies and is more environmentally friendly since there will no longer be idling motorcycles stopping somewhere.