We all remember the Penny Farthing bikes, right? They featured one oversized wheel and no pedals. Whether you saw it in an old British flick or in a book, we never thought that the style would make a comeback. We were wrong. YikeBike, a small company across the pond, is aiming resurrect the Penny Farthing bicycle.
Once you get past its odd look and the slight discomfort of the seat, you may actually fall in love with one of these. There's certainly some good to like about the YikeBike. It’s sleek, slim, and when folded up is about the size of a suitcase. Furthermore, for those that travel into the city by bus or train, you can use a TikeBike once you leave public transportation to get to your destination. All that said, there are a few things we definitely don't like about this thing. The YikeBike is an electric-powered bicycle which uses break regeneration to slow itself down when you let off the gas. So you can never completely come to a stop, unless you bail out. The price of the YikeBike may also leave you screaming, as it's priced at $3,800 for the carbon fiber model, and $2,000 for the aluminum version.
Translogic's Bradley Hasemeyer skimmed across the pond to try the YikeBike for himself, check out his test ride after the jump!
Want to save some energy while making the commute to work? The GoCycle is a possible alternative. The electric bike weighs a mere 16.2kg and can go for about 20 miles before it needs recharging. That will take you only about 3 ½ hours. The GoCycle has a super suspension system for literally saving your bottom, 3 gears and a sealed-for-life chain. Leave those other commuters in your dust for £1,158 (~$1,765.00.)
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Install the Bike Crash Camera on your bicycle, car or motorcycle and you can capture that bus that almost hit you or the kid that tried to steal your bike. The camera has a high res 1280x1024 picture, a 2.0mm wide angle lens, and a rechargeable battery. The 7.0 x 4.7 x 2.0 camera has a view range of 105º range and comes with mount, AC and car adapters and USB cable for PC connection at a price of $266.00.
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Let’s file this one under, “But why would you want to?” Brothers Dmitry and Timophey Ryabikiny have designed an underwater two-seater motorcycle. No special equipment is needed as the design includes a helmet with air supply available and a system to prevent glass steam-up. The Russian Aqua Star has two motors, the second one allowing the rider to maneuver by pressing and holding a button. The bike can go to a depth of 12 meters and move 7 km/hour. The brothers plan on making their prototype available next summer.
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Now that you are cycling your way to work, why not reward yourself with all the money you saved on fuel by treating your iPod nano to an iBikeConsole Duo? The waterproof device will not only play your tunes, it has wireless control on the grips with glove-friendly keys and a 3.5mm stereo speaker/headphone jack. Push the mode button and the gadget will keep track of your speed, trip length, and total distance. At a size of 117 x 62 x 26mm and a weight of .5 kg, the basic Duo is available for $76.00 but is customizable for those who take biking very seriously.
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Ultra Motor will soon be releasing their A2B electric bike. The wide center stem houses the lithium-ion battery. When you get tired of peddling, the bicycle offers a 20 mph speed for up to 20 miles and can be upgraded with a second battery, basket, and/or rear carrier. The good news is that no license is required. The bad news is that it will set you back $2,500.00. Look for a September debut and remind yourself there will be no more high gas prices to pay, just a larger electric bill.
Take a look at Thomas Jowen’s One. The bike itself is pretty cool looking and this would definitely help the environment, but it is the ability to fold up that really got our attention. You can carry, stow, or store when it is in itself, with no parts sticking out to trip unwary coworkers. This is a terrific prototype that will please both those who live in cubicles and mini-apartments. Check out Jowen’s website for more details.
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If you can dock your iPod in a bed or even a George Foreman grill, why not on your bicycle? We bring you the iHome2Go, a water-resistant iPod speaker and remote control, both of which mount onto your bike so you can listen to your tunes on the road. Leaving your bicycle home? You can still take the iHome2Go with you, as it’s also a standalone iPod speaker. Ever versatile, it can also charge your little buddy when used with the include AC adapter. Works only with dockable iPods. The iHome2Go is “coming soon” according to the company website, for $100 USD.
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