Folding Bikes - The Yike Bike
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Yike Bike article in the New York Times (http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/the-commuter-bike-redesigned-and-electrified/?hp).
Yeah, it's electric, but it folds! Very cool!
02-04-11, 05:41 PM
Cool concept, but when compared to lets say the CarryMe Electric its really not that impressive:
YikeBike: Manufacture says 10km
CarryMe DC: personal test is about 30km including a little pedalling
Yike: Learn new riding style
CarryMe DC: 10meters to adjust to smaller wheels
Ways to carry it around:
YikeBike: Lift and carry
CarryMe: Rolling wheels (like luggage) lifting only in stairs
What happens if you run out of battery halfway:
YikeBike: You walk
CarryMe: You ride using pedals
Speed & Weight limits: Both the same (24km/h,100kg)
The CarryMe electric has 216 Volt-amp-hours. From checking other electric bike specs, it looks like you'll get 1 mile for 18 V-AH. This translates into 12 miles (no pedaling) for the CarryMe. Which is still way more than the YikeBike.
02-04-11, 06:27 PM
One looks like a bike out of TRON, the other looks like a toy.
(Yes , I know the CarryMe is highly praised.)
02-05-11, 06:34 PM
The name is what you say at the price tag.
Is the Yike Bike even a bicycle? Isn't it more of a motor scooter? The pedals don't appear to move.
02-07-11, 07:07 PM
It's a segway with a seat. Oh, and it doesn't balance you. and it's not that much cheaper.
02-10-11, 09:34 AM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
probably been posted here somewere but heres a promo video
11-07-11, 03:06 PM
The very first info them had on it show two versions. The one them have now
but also a possible version that had real pedals going to the front wheel and
actually being without electric motor.
How much that one would cost I have no idea. But it looked kind of cute like
a small version of the very big PennyFart or what them was named. Bone Shakers?
You know two yards high very big front wheel.
11-07-11, 09:06 PM
It's still overpriced. If the owner can get them down to $450.00 dollars, you'll see them all over the papers because they will be everywhere!
07-26-12, 11:26 AM
The electric one do costs too much. My opinion.
When they made their first pages on their site
they also presented a HPV version that one
used pedals to drive the front wheel.
I guess that is not so easy to make practical?
07-26-12, 01:00 PM
The article says it has 'anti-skid' brakes and so can stop faster than a bicycle. Well if you don't mind stopping quickly with your face on the road, I suppose it would stop fast. Looks like it would dump you straight down with a quick stop. People have gone over their handlebars with a bicycle by hitting the front brakes too hard, I can't imagine what would happen with the 'Yike'. Maybe that is why they called it that.
07-27-12, 02:41 PM
Would be cool to find the old picture of the Penny Fart version with pedals.
I guess the picture where a CGI design suggestion and not something they
really had built though.
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