August 01, 2012
[Combine Parts for a Maximum of 1.6 Billion Permutations] The bikke Pair Bicycle Series Providing Fun for Parents and Children Now on Sale
 
Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd. (president: Yuji Takeuchi) will release on nationwide sale on September 10 the bikke pair bicycle series providing fun for both parents and children as a new genre of bicycle targeting families. The bikke series is a lineup of three types of bicycle for both parents and children sharing the same design and color schemes, consisting of a child's bicycle, an adult's bicycle and a motor-assisted bicycle. The concept behind this unprecedented series is that colorful coordinated parts (saddle covers, handlebar grips, basket cushions, etc.) can be used in various combinations against the background of the simple frame color that places the emphasis on tone to produce a maximum of 1.6 billion different permutations of pair bicycles, creating original bicycles for parents and children. The adult bicycles use compact 20-inch tires providing a low center of gravity in order to create compact models.

Making the best possible use of the technology that goes into our top Angelino brand for transporting children, these bicycles are both safe and easy to ride and enable optional rear child seats to be fitted so that children can also be transported around. The unisex design will also appeal to fathers who are involving themselves in child-rearing by making them look cool. The children's bicycle was developed as a first bike for kids sharing the same design as their parent's bike. The main consideration was given to safety for children riding bicycles for the first time, and it features easily attached and detached side wheels that will prove useful when the child is learning to ride without training wheels, adjustable brake levers that can be modified to fit the size of the child's hands, and other functions. The unisex design also enables the bicycle to be ridden by both boys and girls in the same way as the adult bike.

In addition to the fun involved in coordinating these pair bicycles for both parents and children, purchasing additional coordinated parts for the bikke will enable a single bicycle to be used for a long time throughout all life stages, from riding alone through to transporting children and sharing the bicycle between couples and their children. Bridgestone hereby offers a style of pair bicycles that is unprecedented in bicycle lifestyles up until now and that is guaranteed to provide enormous fun for all families with children as they try out the many different combinations available.



[Coordinated Parts *]
- Child seat cushion
- Saddle cover
- Basket cushion
- Handlebar grips
- Helmet (for children)
- Rear child seat
- Rear basket
* Optional (sold separately)

<Overview of Sales for the bikke Series>
Sales Area: Nationwide in bikke dealers
Annual Sales Target: 40,000 units (total)
Date of Release: September 10
Standard Cash Retail Price: 21,800 yen to 122,800 yen (including tax)
Colors: White, blue-gray, dark gray

A Maximum of 1.6 Billion Coordination Combinations

The coordinated parts can be easily changed by the user.
The monotone colors of the graphic patterns can be enhanced with vivid dots and stripes, chic yggdrasil patterns, and MOB patterns featuring the bikke characters. And, the coordination possibilities are limitless. For example, it is possible to create bright and lively combinations for the adult and children's bikes using different patterns for the coordinates against a background of the same color frames, or have fun with coordinating a pair look with the same frame color and parts colors; the potential enjoyment is unlimited. Why not have fun coordinating your own pair bicycles with up to 1.6 billion possible combinations?



A new bicycle lifestyle offered by bikke
Change the coordinated parts in alignment with the various stages of life. Pair bicycles providing fun for both parents and children in coordinating their own style of bicycle, enabling the bikes to be used for many years, from riding alone through to transporting children and sharing the bicycle between couples and their children.

Combinations of preferred coordinated parts enable the bicycle to be used when riding alone.   Add a rear child seat to enable the bicycle to be used for transporting children.
   
Handed down to next child Attaching a child seat to the adult bike enables it to be used for transporting children. When a second child is born, the coordinated parts on the bicycle can be changed so the bicycle can be handed down.   A first bicycle in the same style as the parent's. Replacing the child seat with a rear basket enables the adult bicycle to be used for shopping.


Special bike Exhibition at the Bike Forum Aoyama
The coordinated parts will be on display in a space that accentuates the global appeal of the bikke bicycle.

Period: August 23 (Thursday) to November 13 (Tuesday)@
Address: 3-1-26 Jingu-Mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Six minutes walk from exit No.3 of the Gaien-Mae Station
on the Ginza Metro Line.
Tel: 03-6438-1971
Business Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (closed Wednesdays)
* Closed on September 10 (Monday)
URL Fhttp://www.bikeforum-aoyama.jp/
The contents of the exhibition are subject to change.



Reference Material

Product Configuration
Type Model Model Code
Wheel Size (inch)
Trans
mission
Standard Cash Retail Price (inc. tax.) *1
Lithium Ion Battery Capacity
Frame Color
Estimated Traveling Distance per Recharge (Standard Pattern) Assistance Level *2
Auto Eco-Mode Plus Standard Mode Strong Mode
Adult Bicycle
bikke b
Dynamo Model BK02
20
Single
33,800 yen
-
Blue-gray
Dark Gray
White
-
-
-
-
BK032
3
38,800 yen
Tentomushi Model BK0T2
Single
36,800 yen
BK03T2
3
41,800 yen
Motor-assisted Bicycle
bikke e
BK0L82
3
122,800 yen
8.9Ah
45km
38km
33km
Child Bicycle
bikke m
BK162
16
Single
21,800 yen
-
-
-
-
-
*1 The standard cash retail price includes the standard recharging unit.
*2 The assistance level indicates the assistance output.

[bikke m Child's bicycle]
A first bicycle in the same style as the parent's.
Fully-equipped with all safety and anxiety-free training functions.

(1) Side wheels easily attached and detached, which is useful for children learning to ride without the training wheels.
(2) Adjustable brake levers that can be modified to fit the size of the child's hands.
(3) M-shaped handlebars for easy riding in a comfortable position.
(4) Terry saddle (with the bikke logo) in a retro style for comfortable riding.
(5) New U-shaped steel frame that is easy to peddle and easy to mount and dismount.
(6) New pipe rear carrier that can be fitted onto the back.
(7) New stylish pipe-style basket.

- Carefree Warranty on Main Parts (three-year warranty on the frame and front forks)
- Fitted with the BAA (Bicycle Association Authorization) mark
This model conforms to the BAA (bicycle safety standards) enacted by the Bicycle Association.
The new BAA standards enacted in 2008 require that no parts contain toxic substances that can have adverse effects on the global environment.
http://www.baa-bicycle.com/index.html



[bikke b Adult bicycle]
Can be used to transport children.
A compact bicycle that can be ridden alone or with a child in a carefree fashion.

(1) Low center of gravity design using compact 20-inch fat tires that provide a sense of stability.
(2) Class-27 (maximum weight capacity of 27kg) pipe rear carrier to which special child seats can be fitted.
(3) Peace of mind when transporting children. New U-shape steel tough frame that guarantees strength and rigidity and with minimal distortion to prevent wobbling.
(4) Despite the tires being compact at 20 inches, they provide the same traveling distance (4.5m) with a single rotation of the pedals as 26-inch tires that require little pedaling.
(5) Wide Karukko Stand II that can be activated easily and provides a sense of stability.
(6) Smart Control Brakes that boast high levels of braking power even in wet conditions.
(7) M-shaped handlebars that enable the bicycle to be steered in a comfortable position.
(8) Kurupita handlebar lock.
(9) New large-capacity pipe basket.
(10) Big Terry saddle (with the bikke logo) that is both fashionable and comfortable.
(11) White Flash Mini 1W Tentomushi lights using bright LEDs.

- Carefree Warranty on Main Parts (three-year warranty on the frame and front forks)
- Fitted with the BAA (Bicycle Association Authorization) mark
This model conforms to the BAA (bicycle safety standards) enacted by the Bicycle Association.
The new BAA standards enacted in 2008 require that no parts contain toxic substances that can have adverse effects on the global environment.
http://www.baa-bicycle.com/index.html



[bikke e Motor-Assistant Adult bicycle]
Prefect for shopping and commuting.
Bicycle equipped with the latest motor-assistance function powered by a long-life battery.

(1) Low center of gravity design using compact 20-inch fat tires that provide a sense of stability.
(2) Class-27 (maximum weight capacity of 27kg) pipe rear carrier to which special child seats can be fitted.
(3) Peace of mind when transporting children. New U-shape steel tough frame that guarantees strength and rigidity and with minimal distortion to prevent wobbling.
(4) Despite the tires being compact at 20 inches, they provide the same traveling distance (5.67m) with a single rotation of the pedals as 26-inch tires that require little pedaling.
(5) Stable stand using the pivot and lever principle. The Super Rakuraku WIde Stand that prevents the bicycle from toppling over.
(6) Smart Control Brakes that boast high levels of braking power even in wet conditions.
(7) M-shaped handlebars that enable the bicycle to be steered in a comfortable position.
(8) Simple fingertip handlebar lock. Temoto de Lock II to prevent toppling.
(9) New large-capacity pipe basket.
(10) Big Terry saddle (with the bikke logo) that is both fashionable and comfortable.
(11) White Flash Mini 1W Battery Lamp powered by the assistance battery

[Equipped with the Latest Assistance Functions]
(12) 8.9Ah Long-Life Battery with approximately double the life-span of conventional batteries.
(13) Main switch equipped with a digital meter that displays remaining battery capacity.
(14) S.P.E.C.3 providing finely-tuned assistance in alignment with the gear
(15) The Auto-Eco Mode Plus mode automatically controls the assistance level to match up with the cycling scenario
(16) An aluminum housing drive unit for durability, additional power and improved levels of silence.


- Carefree Warranty on Main Parts (three-year warranty on the frame, front forks and drive unit, and a two-year warranty on the battery)
- Fitted with the BAA (Bicycle Association Authorization) mark
This model conforms to the BAA (bicycle safety standards) enacted by the Bicycle Association.
The new BAA standards enacted in 2008 require that no parts contain toxic substances that can have adverse effects on the global environment.
http://www.baa-bicycle.com/index.html

   
[Main Specifications of the Motor-Assisted Bicycles]
Product Name
bikke e
BK0L82
Size Wheels (inches)
20
Tire Size
20×2.125HE
Overall Length (mm)
1710
Overall Width (mm)
585
Saddle Height (mm)
745-885
Wheelbase Distance (mm)
1158
Bicycle Weight
29.5kg
Motor Performance Assisted Speed Range
Less than 24km/h
Model
Brushless DC System
Assistance Drive
3-mode Assistance (Strong, Standard and Auto Eco Mode Plus)
Assistance Level *1
Assistance Control
Fitted with S.P.E.C.3
Handlebar Switch
Main Switch Fitted with a Digital Meter
Carefree Battery Light System *2
Standard Equipment
Rated Output
240W
Assistance Control System
Pedal Strength Comparison Control
Housing
Aluminum
Continual Traveling Distance
(Standard Pattern) *3
Auto Eco Mode Plus
45km
Standard Mode
38km
Strong Mode
33km
Yardstick for Battery Replacement and Number of Charges
700 to 900 charges
Battery Model
Lithium Ion 8.9Ah
Capacity *4
8.9Ah@25.2V
Recharger System
AC100V Stand System
Recharging Time
Approx. 4.5 hours
*1 The assistance level represents the assistance output. Slight differences are apparent between models. *2 The light system is safe in that the light remains on even when the switch to the assistance unit has been turned off. *3 The standard pattern represents repeated cycling at a predetermined speed along two areas of flat road for 1km and up and down a hill with a 4-degree gradient for a total of 4km. The traveling distance data is based on our own data under the conditions of the battery being new, the ambient temperature being 20 degrees Celsius, the load on the bicycle being 65kg (the total load of rider and baggage,) the surface of the road being flat and smooth, there being no wind, with the lights being extinguished, in second gear when traveling up gradients of 7.0% (4 degrees) and in third gear for all other occasions. There are cases in which traveling distance will become shorter under different conditions and in different environments. *4 The PSE rated capacities for battery capacities are listed on the right-hand side in accordance with PSE revisions (Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law.) 8.9Ah listings represent 8.4Ah.