Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New York, NY
Bikes: Xootr Swift, Dahon Speed P8, Jamis Aurora
I am always delighted to see innovation and fresh thinking in the realm of human-powered mobility devices, because they are good for us and good for the planet.
I see a lot of potential for this mini-bike:
1. A more compact fold, like a scooter or Trikke (so highly useful for multi-modal commuting; storage; ability to take *everywhere*, including tightly crowded spaces where even a 16" folder could be an issue)
2. A lighter bike (and who doesn't like that?)
3. A quicker, less complicated fold
4. A new and fun way to interact with (ride) a bike. I like the fact that the posture and motions required more resemble walking.
5. I'm not an anatomy and physiology expert, but it seems like this bike could provide via the balancing and oscillating an upper-body workout or toning (which is *not* something you get from riding a conventional bike). Along the same lines, it might be fun to explore a version with a standing board and hand pedals.
6. A break from having your butt glued to a seat (which also gets tiring, and, as we know, can result in numbness and other deleterious effects in a man's sensitive parts)
I don't see this device as being suitable for long-distance riding, but for commutes where one might use a kick scooter or CarryMe, it could be perfect, and a fun way to switch up one's bike riding routine. I would be very excited to see this device refined and come to market.