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stuffed
02-09-2009, 11:36 AM
The word is just out on the YikeBike (http://www.yikebike.com/) and this morning the British Tabloids pick it up - The Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1210534/Bike-enthusiast-develops-electric-penny-farthing-travels-13mph.html)

Winston001
02-09-2009, 12:13 PM
Fascinating. But.......3000 pounds???

R2x1
02-09-2009, 12:23 PM
Clever marketing.

stuffed
02-09-2009, 01:05 PM
Ya shoulda seen how much they grizzled about the price of the model T when it was launched – and this is similar – any colour ya like…… Twittter (http://twitter.com/#search?q=yikebike) is alive!

george12
02-09-2009, 01:33 PM
That's flipping cool. They will make a killing and deserve it.

Digby
02-09-2009, 01:44 PM
Brilliant website ! - a cool video and song.
Congratulations on some New Zealand Inventors.

SolMiester
02-09-2009, 01:45 PM
Only thing I dont like about it, is you need 2 hands to ride it, where conventional bike, you can carry a bag or something in 1 hand, ride with the other....

Trev
02-09-2009, 01:46 PM
Won't catch on.
:)

Cicero
02-09-2009, 04:36 PM
Only thing I dont like about it, is you need 2 hands to ride it, where conventional bike, you can carry a bag or something in 1 hand, ride with the other....

Overcome by what is called a rucksack.

nofam
02-09-2009, 04:41 PM
Fundamental problem in its design:

- Performance gets iffy if the rider weighs over 100kg

- Walking to work is the only form of exercise some people get, so without it they will continue to increase in size, until they hit ~100kg

- See first point

:D

rebels181
02-09-2009, 07:06 PM
I didn't see any thing about how far the bike can travel, or how it goes up hills.

jcr1
02-09-2009, 07:09 PM
Kinda puts me in mind of a Segway. I rode one once, fun, but...practical?

pine-o-cleen
02-09-2009, 08:48 PM
Fascinating. But.......3000 pounds???
No, no, no $3900 euros.

According to XE.com

3,900.00 EUR

=

8,215.43 NZD

Tony
02-09-2009, 10:28 PM
Seems like a great idea, but I don't like the hand position. Why couldn't they bring the bars up so the are somewhere near say waist level and you could rest your forearms on them It seems like it would be much more comfortable.

R2x1
02-09-2009, 10:29 PM
It has a range of around 7 or 8 Km; presumably that is in calm air and on flat ground with a new machine and a new battery. YMMV.

The biggest problem with penny farthing bikes was the tendency to let the rider do a road suck at potholes, or when trying to stop. I suspect that hasn't changed much.
Still an appealing concept though, even if it is as practical as cotton coffee pots.

stuffed
03-10-2009, 09:27 AM
Take a look at the video (http://www.youtube.com/user/yikebike#play/all/uploads-all/0/uWDlRkIB_uQ) just posted. Shows handling of potholes, uphill etc.
Brilliant!

somebody
03-10-2009, 09:41 AM
Take a look at the video (http://www.youtube.com/user/yikebike#play/all/uploads-all/0/uWDlRkIB_uQ) just posted. Shows handling of potholes, uphill etc.
Brilliant!

Yikes - it seems to cope remarkably well!

gary67
03-10-2009, 12:39 PM
Impressive but I can't afford one

prefect
03-10-2009, 12:44 PM
I am sure yuppies with too much money will buy one for a talking point and it will sit in the basement collecting dust.

Erayd
03-10-2009, 12:47 PM
Yikes - it seems to cope remarkably well!I reckon that one word was the entire point of your post :p.

And I agree - it coped much better than I expected.

stuffed
03-10-2009, 01:13 PM
Think I saw somewhere that they are going to have a cheaper model – may be a little bit heavier – should still be fun though!

R2x1
03-10-2009, 02:57 PM
Until they get the bugs out of the feeblewitzer it is a bit earthbound.

But not as ornamental as it first appeared to be.

Chilling_Silence
03-10-2009, 10:03 PM
Wow, would be nice to trade in my small 225cc SX-4W for one? All I do is local travelling about 5-6KM at a time :D

pctek
04-10-2009, 07:04 AM
Only thing I dont like about it, is you need 2 hands to ride it.

Husband hated it's design.......why not just a conventional frame?

mikebartnz
04-10-2009, 12:12 PM
Husband hated it's design.......why not just a conventional frame?
Quite simple it wouldn't fold up so easily or to such a small size.