Nordic Biking – Oslo

Wheeled Thing just returned from a trip to five Nordic cities (Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm).

All five cities have a bike share system – here is the first of a series of reviews

Oslo Bysykkel translates as City Bike, and their system is great.

All Lined Up

First of all, you can find info at oslobysykkel.no/en and they have a great app for both iOS and Android.

Here is why I loved Oslo Bysykkel

  1. It works and is focused around the app: You can both buy your 72 hour pass (NOK 99 [~$13] for 72 hrs) and can undock a bike on the app.
  2. You can sign up with an American phone number!
  3. A 72 Hour Pass includes 45 minutes with each borrowing along with minimal overage charges (NOK 5 [~$0.65] per 15 extra minutes)
  4. There is a smartphone holder built into the handlebars:

    Oslo Bike Share Dock

    Look Ma… A smartphone holder!

  5.  If you are about to go over on time, Bysykkel sends you a text message
  6. There were plenty of bikes available – when and where we wanted them.

Oslo Bysykkel is the best bike share of the Nordic Capitals.

motorized unicycle seen in the wild

I’m pretty sure we’ve written about this design before, but I’m too lazy to check. Seen in the wild today in Grand Central Station. The thing looks to weigh at least 30 pounds and the rider had to lug it up a long staircase before he could use it.

setting up

riding

Better Face Plants with Electricity

This Scooter Packs a Punch! (direct quote)

If there is one thing we know at Wheeled Thing, it’s that when it comes to wheels, bigger is better.  Big wheels roll over cracks or potholes that a smaller wheel will get stuck in.  Big means they ride smoother that don’t have speed wobbles…

One of our biggest frustration with the Razor Scooter fad was the fact the wheels were way to small, and sent too many children to the hospital for facial reconstruction surgery.

Well, plastic surgeons of Ameraica… I’ve got great news for you – The Eon Scooter will soon be flinging kids off their scooters at speeds up to 45 mph!

 

The video on their Indigogo page is 1:30 in length.  Of that time, only 20 seconds (with some of in slow motion), show the person riding the scooter.  35 seconds are shown with the owner dragging or charging the scooter.  That’s right, expect to be dragging this thing around more than riding it.

Included Dork Mode

We urge you not to buy this rolling death trap… but our friends at Eon were kind enough to include a “folding mirror” which will help you to remove the gavel from your chin and  repair your front teeth.  At Starbucks they hate when you walk in with exposed face road rash.

Please clean the blood off your face before entering the office

Second of two electric skateboards seen in the wild today. Dear God, are these things really happening?