It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s compact, it’s the Yike Bike! I think this is just a brilliant idea. Developed by New Zealander Grant Ryan, it’s the lightest and most compact electric bike in the world. You can view a video of it here in action, it’s kind of difficult to describe otherwise.
It has so many features for such a small bike. List them, you say? Well that’s easy…
- It weighs less than 10kg, or 22lb. (thanks to it’s light carbon frame)
- Very compact, you can carry it onto the bus, no more locking your bus onto the front of the bus
- Limited to 20 km/h (12mph) for safe riding in a busy city (Same speed as the Segway by the way)
- Anti-skid brakes for easy braking and short stops (See it going over a cattle guard, up a hill, through gravel, and emergency stops here)
- Easy to maneuver
- LED brake lights and turn signals (controlled by your hands so you never have to take your hands off of the brake or accelerator)
- Mechanics are all contained so your clothes won’t get caught
Here it is all packed up:
And this last one which I thought was a rather decent point, “The handlebars are at the side rather than in front so in the event of an accident or need for an emergency stop the rider’s head or body is not catapulted into an obstacle.”
Weird looking? Yes.
But it’s going for around $5000. Uh-huh. So much for easing congestion. I’m doubting that many people will pay that much for one. Ah well. That’s my 2 cents.
*All facts and pictures were found on the YikeBike site located at yikebike.com.