Sunday, 6 September 2009

YikeBike

This folding electric bike was on the TV news here a couple of days back.

It's a very original design, and looks kind of fun, but I can't see it becoming widespread because the riding position is too novel. Because you're leaning back slightly and with handlebars beside and behind you, people won't feel safe enough.

Imagine riding it down a hill. That position is going to feel unstable and exposed without the subjective 'barrier' / 'protection' of handlebars in front of you, and with the perception that you'll be shifted forwards if you brake, rather than being in an already 'braced' position by having some of your weight on handlebars in front.

I'll stick to my unicycle I think - easier to fall off cleanly.

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