FRANK Sinatra’s song said that love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, but this two-seater bike for smitten couples might not have been the vehicle Ol’ Blue Eyes had in mind.
He described the three-wheeler, complete with heart-shaped frame and steering wheel, as a “love poem” to his wife.
Each of the amazing contraptions is a true labour of love, and takes several days to painstakingly hand-build.
New Yorker Eric, 64, said he was inspired by Amsterdam – “the biking capital of the western world” – where he lived for a number of years.
The former architect dubbed the creation as “a valentine of a bike”, and said it is a great way for couples to spend time together.
He said: “I made a valentine of a bike, very romantic, 2 people on this mobile love seat.”
He added that he wanted to inject a sense of fun into the creation, and took inspiration from some less leisurely pursuits.
He said: “I was also thinking of hotrods and motorcycles with their raked front ends.
“And theme park rides.”
But while the LoveBike is , £2500 price tag might put off all but the most avid cyclists.
Made in a limited edition of 10, seven of the bikes have already been sold to outdoor-loving couples.
Eric said that couples taking to the streets on one of the “mobile love seats” are likely to attract a lot of attention.
He said: “It is nearly impossible to stop smiling while riding a LoveBike, watching the reactions of people, the smiles, double-takes, comments shouted, iPhone photos snapped.”
The Lovebike has been a big hit with newlyweds, and Eric said many have already used them to get to and from their wedding ceremonies.
He said: “People who are in the wedding business, such as wedding planners, photographers and retail outlets are offering the bikes as novel ‘photo op’ and ‘getaway’ car.
“I’m very happy to see that people are even getting married on my LoveBikes.
“For an inventor that is a very powerful feeling!”
Eric previously created a seven-seater ‘conference bike’, which he has sold in 18 countries world wide.
Inspired by the success of that contraption, Eric went on to create a smaller, five person version of the bike as well as the Lovebike.
“The idea grew out of one in a series of my artworks that I call Urban UFOs,” said Eric, who lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
“They are mobile public artworks that I have been showing in the great cities of the world since 1985. The first version had 8 seats and my crew always wore futuristic black and white costumes.
“When I moved from New York to Amsterdam this artwork moved with me and it created such a stir that I decided to develop it into a product.”
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