YikeBike electric bike – is this the future of personal mobility?

YW test drives the latest electric bike invented by YikeBike Top gadget or serious last mile commuter electro-cycle? The bulky Segway really put a firecraker in the staid environs of the PMD or Personal Mobile Device. Their electric twin wheeled lean-mobiles are a triumph of lateral thinking made possible by the availability of new battery […]

YikeBike - folded and ready to go


YW test drives the latest electric bike invented by YikeBike

Top gadget or serious last mile commuter electro-cycle? The bulky Segway really put a firecraker in the staid environs of the PMD or Personal Mobile Device. Their electric twin wheeled lean-mobiles are a triumph of lateral thinking made possible by the availability of new battery technology and gyroscopes. Their success spurned inventors to create other revolutionary devices and for the results to be taken seriously by investor and public alike. Electric longboards, trikes and trad-bikes in all shapes have appeared. Most striking one of these was on display and available for test drives at the recent Gadget Show Live exhibition: the YikeBike. Kiwi inventor and entrepreneur Grant Ryan and YikeBike co-founder Peter Higgins flew in with their team all the way from Canterbury New Zealand to show their carbon fibre YikeBike to press and public.

Unable to resist making a fool of himself our valiant scribbler Timtim queued up for a few tentative laps of the test area. Over to you Timtim.

Safety gear donned and disclaimer signed I approached the YikeBike a trifle nervously. I’d just watched a demo of how the “bike” folded from adult sized electro-penny-farthing-for-the-23rd-century to briefcase-sized-carbon-centrifuge with the flick of a few catches and levers. I’d also sampled the minuscule weight. Would 10kgs of carbon and li-po battery form a stable platform from which to navigate the urban roads it’s designed to handle? That’s the weight of a normal bicycle without battery, electric motor, control box, front and backlights, indicators!


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Geneva Show Peugeot SR1 concept bike

Is this the shape of cycling to come? We’ve never featured a bike, here on YW, but there’s always a first time. And this bike caught our attention because of the prominence it was given on the Peugeot stand at the Geneva Show. It stood proudly next to Peugeot’s SR1 concept car, almost eclipsing it. […]

Geneva Motor Show - Peugeot SR1 Concept bike

Is this the shape of cycling to come?

We’ve never featured a bike, here on YW, but there’s always a first time. And this bike caught our attention because of the prominence it was given on the Peugeot stand at the Geneva Show. It stood proudly next to Peugeot’s SR1 concept car, almost eclipsing it. Sculptural purity should be celebrated, whether functional or not, and this techno-cycle had shed loads of it. Shame that the spoke-less, hub-less rim drive rear wheel isn’t matched at the front with a similar, innovative wheel.

Peugeot SR1 Bike concept pedal and cranks detail

Clearly this bike isn’t going anywhere, judging by the stretch leather “tyres” and other non-working gizmos. And just what is the glass vial bubble-level right above the cranks? And what is the fake energy meter inlaid into the handlebars ? Maybe some sort of hybrid drive to match the SR1 car beside it ? None of this is explained. We can only assume electric power and regenerative braking. Certainly, the whole concept bike is just a design exercise to supplement and complement the car, and in this respect it does an excellent job. It mirrors the car’s unusual controls, techno bleached-look materials, and fancy layout. Bikes have been extracted from the same, standard mold for so long that a concept such as this is refreshing and welcome. Just enjoy the photos realising, that, like the spaceship designs of yesteryear, the reality will be somewhat more sober.


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Yellow Jersey = Its Tour of Britain time!

In our quest to keep you abreast of all things yellow (that do at least have some wheels) we need to remind you that this weekend sees the start of the Tour of Britain cycle race. Now, whilst “le maillot jaune” is undoubtedly a french affair, started in 1913 by our “frères” across “La Manche” […]

yellowjerseyIn our quest to keep you abreast of all things yellow (that do at least have some wheels) we need to remind you that this weekend sees the start of the Tour of Britain cycle race.

Now, whilst “le maillot jaune” is undoubtedly a french affair, started in 1913 by our “frères” across “La Manche” (whip over to wikipedia for a user-gen history of the finer points), we in Britain, are amongst the few that have adopted the yellow one for our very own Tour de Grande Bretagne. So check out the dates and you may well see a flash of yellow, followed by a cavalcade of Honda ST1300 Pan European motorcycles festooned with camera crews.

Honda & Tour of Britain

British Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy will be taking part


The jousting starts in North Lincolnshire ( Scunthorpe at 10:15am to be precise ) on Saturday 12th September and finishes in the heart of London on Saturday 19th September. Click through to the official TOB site for more details, and to Honda UK for their motorised support and TOB competition.

 

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