Oh dearie, have you seen this thing? Probably not, since it’s not available in stores and only started retailing online in the last year. But here you have it, ladies and germs, an electric bike redesigned as a mini-farthing that comes complete with lights and a handy bag.
Invented by New Zealand inventors and brothers, Grant and Shaun Ryan, the Yike Bike was their attempt to answer a series of questions inspired by increasingly congested cities and increasingly stressful lives. What they came up with is a foldable electric bike that weighs about 9 kilograms, reaches a top speed of 23 kilometers per hour, with a charge that permits a range of about 10 kilometers (without additional battery packs). They also put the handlebars behind the seat and revised the look of the bicycle to something reminiscent of an old velocipede. It sort of makes me giggle in the same way that I do every time I see the headfirst steamrollers on Segways cruising along waterfronts of the world. But, giggles aside, it looks sort of fun and I appreciate the built-in lights. All bikes should be so prepared.
The carbon fiber bike retails for US$3795 but you can get a cheaper, aluminum and composite bike weighing in at 14 kilograms for US$1995. Well. I might wait for a rental shop to pop up.
It took a CNN reporter about 15 minutes to get the hang of it. But if you’ve got a commuter on your Christmas list (and a chunk of change to spare) maybe I just found you the best gift ever? You want a go?