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Is this for real?

Old 06-20-18, 06:26 PM
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Is this for real?

I saw this on FB. Does this thing really exist? If so, does it work? It just looked all unbalanced.


https:// https://www.facebook.com/InTheKnowInn...1082354184419/
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Old 06-20-18, 06:51 PM
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Looks real.

https://www.wicycle.com/products/bikes/wike-salamander
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Old 06-20-18, 06:56 PM
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That's pretty bizarro.
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Old 06-20-18, 07:29 PM
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A clever idea if it actually works. On the other hand, the mega-strollers that are so popular now are already blood clots on wheels in supermarkets and other high-traffic pedestrian areas, This thing makes those look anorexic by comparison. I doubt one of those and a shopping cart could pass abreast in a typical grocery store aisle.
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Old 06-20-18, 08:20 PM
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Not too bizarre in my opinion. How it will do in the marketplace is to be seen. Very, very niche product. I'd rather pull a relatively light trailer than have a bike dedicated to the stroller. A lot of weight to push around.
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Old 06-21-18, 06:50 AM
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That's pretty cool, but I think it'd be a bit bulky pushing it around a store. Of course, not as bulky as the three-wide stroller a friend of ours has. But I guess having 5 kids in 6 years means you really need something like that.
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Old 06-21-18, 06:59 AM
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I like it...but at $3000 I like it less.
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Old 06-21-18, 08:17 AM
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This is what my girfriend and I use. The unicycle can be stored underneath the seat when walking. The pace covered is phenomenal, between 6-8 mph straight up a hill. While the top speed is very low, in practice the average speed is quite high, and can turn 180 degrees while not going forward at all.
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Old 06-21-18, 10:36 AM
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The idea seems nice, but it's probably not a nice bike to ride and surely not a very practical stroller. You can take foldable strollers on a regular boxbike and even on a normal bike with kid's seats.
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Old 06-22-18, 09:09 AM
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If I was a car-free urban dweller, or small town / village where i use the bike and public transport to get around, and had small (pre-K) kids i had to bring with me, then that does make some sense. When they're small, the loading / unloading of kids vastly complicates even simple errand running.
Is it Clever? Yes. Is it Niche? Very.
There are some to whom this will be the perfect solution. I'm just not one of them.

Out here in the 'burbs I get by just fine with a regular bike and a trailer. That thing's got capabilities I just don't need, and I can come up with a lot of solutions for $3 grand.

*Noticed they're from Ontario, Canada. Same as Chariot (now part of Thule).
That part of Candada, and Toronto, in particular seems to be almost Dutch in the way they make use of bikes. Could also be that everyone I know in Toronto is a cyclist
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Old 06-22-18, 10:15 AM
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I saw something like this yesterday. No pedals, steppers instead....

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Old 06-22-18, 10:27 AM
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I've been using my box bike 4 to 5 times a week with my daughter to do the shopping and go to the park or beach. The biggest downside with the bike is that it is difficult to transport it. This seems to solve that problem, my only concern would be the strength of that swinging mid section.
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Old 06-23-18, 10:17 AM
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I saw one at a show in Toronto - looked very well constructed. I'd consider it, but would recommend a normal box-bike over something so specialized. Wike's box bike looked nice, I'd consider it if I was doing that part of my life over again (I'm hoping that the trailer bike phase is over shortly)
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Old 06-23-18, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rachel120 View Post
It just looked all unbalanced.
It is unablanced in the fold/unfold sequence, in the sense that it wouldn't ride properly with the left stroller wheel there out of line with the front wheel and the bike wheel.

Later, in the riding video you see that the left stroller wheel raises.
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Old 06-23-18, 03:02 PM
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Interesting concept. The main obstacle to bikes like this catching on in the US is the entire American attitude toward motor vehicle driver safety and responsibility. We'd need an entire cultural paradigm shift to make bike/trike-strollers and cargo/kidlet bikes widely acceptable outside of a park or MUP.

In our local casual group rides I see a few folks with kids on cargo bikes, tandems or trailers. Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable taking my own kid or grandkids on a bike like that. I usually hang near those folks because I tend to overdo it with lights and reflectors, so I'll hang out near the parent/kidlet cyclists if they don't have the same extra visibility aids.
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Old 06-23-18, 03:09 PM
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I think there is strong market for a heavy , gangly stroller that can transform into a heavy, gangly bike.
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