Amongst the lovely vintage bikes in the Tweed Run of 2013 this Yikebike caught my eye – I’d never seen one of these and thought it was worth checking out. It’s certainly novel and I couldn’t help but think “I wonder what that is like to ride, how fast, how far” and so on. Here goes…
- 3 models – Carbon, Synergy and Fusion
- You don’t pedal at all as it is battery powered
- It has a range of 14km or 8.7miles
- It takes 20 seconds to fold down
- Charging can take as little as 1 hour 30 minutes
- It has built in lights (in the handlebars)
- Watch the video – they’re incredibly manoeuvrable
- Apparently these don’t take long to get used to
- Using them on roads may be subject to local legislation i.e. legal or not. I presume this man was okay riding it in public view through central London
- They are designed and assembled in New Zealand. The components are made in Japan, UK, USA, France, Germany and China
- They look really great fun
- The cost from $1995
I guess the rider (or maybe they are cyclists?) is sort of dressed for the part in terms of a modern take on tweed. Certainly has the right image if not the Olde Worlde charm that his fellow cyclists had. But that’s one of the great things about bicycles – the incredible variety – the different purposes and likely riders.
Click here for their website and further information.