Julian Casablancas of The Strokes files for patent on foldable electric bicycle he invented

Foldable bicycle has no pedals

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has filed for a patent for a folding electrical bicycle that he has invented.

A Reddit thread points to a patent filed by Casablancas and video director Warren Fu for an electrical bike. The bike does not have pedals and is powered by a rechargable battery. Strokes tour manager Richard Priest is also listed among the inventors.

Speaking about the invention in a recent interview, Casablancas explained the concept and revealed that getting the product created was taking longer than he expected:

“It’s kind of breaking my heart with how long it’s taking, but it’s pretty amazing,” he told Rolling Stone in October 2014. “It’s an electric folding bicycle thing, no pedals, and it folds up to the size of a briefcase. The only people who want to do this are these German engineer guys. They have this thing called Free Cross, it’s like an exercise machine. And this is the exact opposite. The Free Cross is just basically a full-body exercise machine that you take out into the world. And this is just a lazy man’s thing so you can kind of be transported without spending any energy.”


Last month Casablancas was forced to cancel a North American tour with his new band The Voidz.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz had been scheduled to play a series of live dates across the US and Canada during September and October, having released their debut album Tyranny in September 2014.

However, the group axed the tour and explained the reasons why in a statement released online. Casablancas and his band cited their inability to “create more of an experience that would be inspiring to our fans” as the main reason behind the decision.

Meanwhile, Mac DeMarco recently discussed his new-found friendship with Julian Casablancas.