A tandem is a great choice if you want to share your ride with your family. The Helios adapts to you whatever your shape and size, and it’s easily transportable

Photography Joanna Dudderidge

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With the Helios, we wanted to design a bike that would handle and perform at the highest level, easily fit a range of people of different sizes, yet be compact for easy storage and transportation. This was a challenging design brief – and we also wanted the Helios to transport families and their luggage or shopping.

By using the commonly available ISO 406 (20”) wheelsize we were able to design a compact, light, yet stiff and strong frame with exceptionally low step over height – it is low enough at the back for even a very small child. But it also has a telescoping seat post, variable size geometry and an adjustable rear handlebar, which can accommodate a 6ft adult. The front end is also designed to accommodate people of all shapes and sizes – with riders from 4’10” up to 6’5” have ‘captained’ the Helios.

To make storage and transportation easier, we have used a detachable steerer extender/handlebar and recommend detachable pedals, which in combination with the exceptionally compact frame, mean that the Helios can be transported in medium size hatchback cars and stored in compact, narrow spaces. To complete our design brief, ‘transporting families and luggage’, the Helios has a dedicated rack that replaces the rear seat and can take two child seats or multiple bags. It can also take conventional racks and panniers and has a fitting at the front for attaching various different head tube-mounted luggage systems.”

Truly a ‘bike for all reasons’, the Helios is a remarkably versatile bicycle. Whether doing the school run, a fast sportif, touring in far-flung places – or just doing the weekly shop, the Helios is the answer.