This human-powered poor man’s Segway looks good on paper but has a tiny turning radius and will get you tired as hell from pedaling with no way to sit down.
We talked about these things back in 2014. This is the first time I’ve seen one in real life, even if only in a shop window. They want $3000 for the four-wheel model (shown) or $2500 for a two-wheeled one. In other words, prices have come up $500 since last discussed. It looks like a new company has taken over the patents, for whatever that’s worth.
Optional chain ring cover?
“AeYO!” is the sound you’ll make when you hear the price 648 Euros or when you hit the ground in a heap after wiping out on this bike/skates combo that is neither a bike nor skates but something in between. Who thought it would be good to strap more restrictive things to your skates?
Aéromotocyclette, made by Ernest Archdeacon, in 1906. 6 HP engine, 1.50m propeller, 70 kg, 79 km/h
You’ve heard of Google’s self-driving cars? Now we have self-riding bikes. Combine this with Uber (Ubike?) and I think we’ve got something.
We’re used to seeing entrepreneurs randomly combining two things together and calling it a vehicle (scooter with suitcase, bicycle with skis, etc.) I think this is the first time we’ve seen a three-way combination.
Sbyke sells a scooter/skateboard/penny farthing.
They offer a video discussing the device, but as is normal for new WheeledThings, it’s mostly people talking about the device, not so many action shots.
The high end model lists for $249, and I’m seeing it on sale for $180.
Videos to demonstrate new WheeledThings frequently suck. Lots of talking not much action. I’m happy to report that Scott Olsen has a different way of doing things. This video is all action… and no talking.
Sure, I would love to try one of these things, but besides getting a good view of the forest, I don’t see the point. A bike monorail? According to their site, “SkyRide Technology has developed the next breakthrough for the future of fitness, sustainable urban transportation and recreation. This human-powered system has the potential to revolutionize the way people move about our planet. SkyRide is safe to use for people of all ages, abilities and special needs and is 100% carbon free.”
How is this better than riding a bicycle on the roadway? Oh that is right, if you fall off your bike it’s a short fall, but when you fall off the SkyRide it’s a long fall. I can see this in a fun-park as an amusement, but why build a sky monorail?
Scott does seem to be having fun… and I hope the royalties from Rollerblade keep flowing because I don’t expect this product to “take off”.
We’ve made fun of drift trikes before. And of course, where there’s a bad idea, there’s a Kickstarter project somewhere to overcharge you for a trivial variation. In this case, to charge you $1700 for an electric drift trike.
They’ve released a video which, as is normal for these sorts of projects, consists mostly of people talking about the trike. However you do see it being used a bit. It looks like it would be fun for a few days before it got boring, which is better than a lot of other WheeledThings.
On sale now for $1200!
I can’t tell you how much I hate Vintage Electric because it is hard to put words. This crappy $5,000 “bicycle” is just a motorcycle that does not want to meet safety regulations. They boast that this wheeled thing can go “36 MPH in Race Mode”. In their promotional video, they don’t even attempt to pedal the thing and the riders wear motorcycle helmets, but call this thing a bike.
The chain and pedals are there for looks only.
Their inspiration is clearly Indian Motorcycles from the early 1900s. These fools have no creativity and are building a “bike” for aging, fat, balding men who grew up watching James Dean. If you want to die like Jimmy… this may be a good use of your spare $5K, but for the sake of your wife and kids, please make sure your life insurance policy is current before you make your mid-life crisis splurge on a Vintage Electric.
Just in case you have five minutes of your life you want to waste… here is their video.
Source of Indian Moto Photo: www.motorcycle-usa.com/744/17799/Motorcycle-Article/Four-Rare-Indian-Motorcycles-Up-for-Auction.aspx