Recently I came across the Halfbike and thought it was worth doing a desktop review. As you know, I quite like opportunities to try out different bicycles and especially “alternative” bikes such as the Elliptigo, recumbents and the like. This means my Halfbike review is not based on actually seeing one in the flesh, let alone riding one. Nevertheless, here’s the low-down and I’ll touch on the specifications first of all:
Halfbike is described as a new kind of personal vehicle. Yes it is a kind of bicycle through having a crankset, pedals and a chain which turn a wheel. It has handlebars and a brake, plus the option of a few gears. Going a little further it is a “bicycle” which appears to challenge the essence of what a bicycle really is but this is done in a fun, young-at-heart way. The Halfbike developers Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenovhe talk about awakening our natural instinct to move and how this naturally connects to having fun, being active and using our bodies. Using the Halfbike will involve training yourself to balance in a new way together with bringing our perception of movement to a new, different level.
It is when the Halfbike press release material refers to distracting yourself from all your day to day worries, allowing you to focus on the ride itself and your body’s involvement in the ride which makes me ask if they’re going too far. Is this pretentious twaddle? Or is it true, that for a moment the Halfbike does pull you across to a different place? Just imagine, wouldn’t that be great….
Who’s it for?
- Minimalist YUPPIES (that’s Young Upwardly mobile Professional People)
- Urban dwelling folk who consider themselves to be good design orientated peeps, who like to be noticed. They’ll probably live in a regenerated city area with traffic free public places where they can outclass skateboarders
- Gymnastic types who are wannabe cyclists
Who’s it not for?
- Bradley Wiggins
- Borris Johnson
- Any PCSO
This all sounds great, I’d love to try one out.
No, not just to try one out but to master one. When you see the website movie clips, it all looks so effortless as the riders cruise along warm, sunlit promenades. Is it that easy? Is it one of those things which require real poise and careful balance to be a natural on the Halfbike? Perhaps it does take a little while to master one, a little like switching to a recumbent. Once you make the switch it can become second nature and no turning back. Indeed, perhaps if I tried one I would find it hard to hand it back!
Here’s the Halfbike website, why not check it out: click here
For some further Halfbike news which I have blogged about in June 2016 following an unexplained surge in page views: click here.