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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
By Yokota Fritz


YikeBike (and -- Yikes! -- what an name!) unveiled their folding electric "minifarthing" bicycle at Eurobike.



This ebike is governed to 20 km/hr (12 mph), has lights and turn signals, integrated fenders, and can be used int he rain. According to YikeBike, this ebike will be available in Europe for about €3,500-€3,900 sometime in the middle of 2010.

Old fashioned penny farthings are notoriously dangerous because the center of gravity is high and biased toward the front of the bike, which easily results in a header if the bike comes to a quick stop. YikeBike assures potential consumers that their minifarthing design is safe through the use of electric anti lock brakes, and they claim their side handlebars mitigate the risk catapulting off the bike, but it's not the handlebars that do the catapulting -- it's the bike.

What do you think? Much more at Yike Bike.

See also minifarthing.com.


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Comments:
Seems way too expensive but an interesting idea. I ride primarily for the physical component so I don't see myself on one of these. But, lots of folks would enjoy riding without the sweat.
 
12mph? Why don't you pedal it yourself, electric doesn't seem like an advantage at that speed. You barely break a sweet at 12mph.
 
Like Bryant I can see the utility of something like this for somebody who wants low impact transportation but without too much exertion. It's like Segway, but simpler.

Remember when I mentioned that Google Maps bike routing is in internal beta at Google? For bike trip time, they're using an 8 mph average speed. 12 mph is a moderate pace for enthusiasts like us, but for the average couch potato 12 mph is an all out effort.
 
For a train or bus commuter this would be brilliant, were it not for that price, yowzer. You could buy 3 Indian cars for the price of one of those things.
 
It would be fun to test ride but too expensive for me
 
Clever idea and good commercial as well!
 
This is not a bicycle. It's a moped. It's also way to expensive, rather slow and has no luggagecarrier. So I think it's a toy for very rich kids.
 
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