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Old 04-08-16, 09:44 AM
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Inventor hopes to woo city-slicker hipsters with 'half-bike'
Inventor hopes to woo city-slicker hipsters with 'half-bike' - The Local
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Old 04-08-16, 09:58 AM
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Thanks - I think that would have some possible application in limited situations - eg. tiny apartment living very close to destinations, or mixed mode commuting where you take it on the train. It might be a little handier and lighter than a Brompton or Tikit but wouldn't ride as well and would be very vulnerable to potholes. You could also have it on a boat for when you are in port.

Still, I wonder if it actually rides much faster or easier than walking.

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I doubt it will take off but it looks like fun to ride.
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Looks half fast.
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And €1250 is too much.
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Old 04-08-16, 10:28 AM
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Junk, imo. Funny how the writer - who clearly knows nothing at all about bikes, mentions that it only weighs 19 kilos. So basically it weighs as much as an actual bike..
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Junk, imo. Funny how the writer - who clearly knows nothing at all about bikes, mentions that it only weighs 19 kilos. So basically it weighs as much as an actual bike..
I think it said 9 kg
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Old 04-08-16, 11:19 AM
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And €1250 is too much.
Are you kidding me? We sold something very... very similar (minus handlebars) for $50 at the coop.
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Old 04-08-16, 11:24 AM
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I guess the only question is do I want an aero or a lightweight. I guess I'll go for the aero model.
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Are you kidding me? We sold something very... very similar (minus handlebars) for $50 at the coop.
Presumably that's the price for start up purposes. Either they will ramp up their own production or sell the design to a mainstream manufacturer if one is interested and then the price will come down; or of course, maybe it won't catch on.
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It looks like fun in a quirky sort of way, and in a very limited number of situations. I paid less than $100 dollars for my unicycle, though, and I can't think of anything that the half-bike does that a unicycle won't do, and with fewer moving parts.
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Maybe fine for a place where it is completely flat, but unlike a normal bike, how would one stand on the pedals and pull on the bars to muscle your way up any kind of grade?
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Interesting. I think the small front wheel may prove limiting, though. Notice how he is able to jump down off of curbs, but must put a foot down and lift the front wheel to go up a curb.
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I've always wondered if you can get unicycles with training wheels.
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Originally Posted by cooker View Post
I think it said 9 kg
Yeah I dont know how I wrote 19, lol. I meant ''9'', which is the weight of many actual bikes.
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I don't see much in safety (stability) or speed potential. That tiny front wheel won't handle most sidewalk cracks, forget potholes. Very short wheelbase, high center of gravity, and if you pitch face forward, don't worry ... your hands are behind you so you won't skin your palms trying to save your face.

Same thing Saturday Night Live said about the Segway: "A brand new way for pedestrians to get hit by automobiles."
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If it doesn't come with the music it's sure to disappoint...
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it looks uncomfortable and impractical. can't even dangle a grocery bag off the bars probably.
I think walking would be faster and easier than trying to balance on that thing.
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Inventor hopes to woo city-slicker hipsters with 'half-bike'
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Looks like it has a top steed of 5mph, perfect for hipsters.
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All I am seeing is a uni cycle for wankers with balance issues.
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I buy one as soon as one enters the TDF.
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Not simply trying to be pedantic, but it's still a bicycle. It has two wheels and you pedal it. The fact that one wheel is really small doesn't change the fact that it's there. In fact, it's pretty much like an old "high wheeler" ridden backwards. Half bike? No. Half baked? I'm gonna have to say yes.


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Whenever I see something new like this, I think about how, and where I would use it. I'm drawing a blank on this one.
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It's basically like sitting on a barstool and leaning back a little and putting your arms on a table behind you, then flailing your legs.

Looks so uncomfortable and unstable. Good luck going up a hill.
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