A novel approach to bicycle design for handling qualities is presented. The design method is introduced through a case study in which a new front-wheel drive recumbent bicycle is developed. Since there exists no proper definition nor assessment for bicycle handling qualities, design process is based on comparing the uncontrolled dynamics of the new concepts to an existing design, known to handle well. A prototype was built and road test were conducted to compare the handling before being taken into production. The new design shows comparable handling.

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