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    The Yike Bike

    Yike Bike article in the New York Times.

    Yeah, it's electric, but it folds! Very cool!

    Speedo

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    Cool concept, but when compared to lets say the CarryMe Electric its really not that impressive:

    Price:
    YikeBike: $3500
    CarryMe: $1400

    Battery life:
    YikeBike: Manufacture says 10km
    CarryMe DC: personal test is about 30km including a little pedalling

    Ride:
    Yike: Learn new riding style
    CarryMe DC: 10meters to adjust to smaller wheels


    Weight:
    YikeBike: 11kg
    CarryMe: 12kg

    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



    Folding speed:
    YikeBike: 20sec
    CarryMe: 8sec

    Speed & Weight limits: Both the same (24km/h,100kg)


    Source:
    http://www.yikebike.com/faq/full-spec-sheet
    http://www.pacific-cycles.com/produc...cat2=33&pid=28
    www.folding-bikes.com
    Pacific Folding bikes on Facebook

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    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.

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    One looks like a bike out of TRON, the other looks like a toy.

    http://www.yikebike.com/

    vs.

    http://www.pacific-cycles.com/

    (Yes , I know the CarryMe is highly praised.)

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    The name is what you say at the price tag.

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    Is the Yike Bike even a bicycle? Isn't it more of a motor scooter? The pedals don't appear to move.

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    It's a segway with a seat. Oh, and it doesn't balance you. and it's not that much cheaper.
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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    probably been posted here somewere but heres a promo video

    http://youtu.be/1h7hVysw0n4

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    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.

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    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!

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    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?

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    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.

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    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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