The size of the kiddie trike? That’s New Zealand’s own YikeBike, which we previewed for you last year. It now looks to be available in the U.S. for around $3,600, which may be a low enough price to draw at least a few curious buyers to purchase one.
The YikeBike Electric ‘mini-farthing’ (a self-described new class of bikes, also known as a mini electric penny farthing) exists somewhere between an e-bike and a Segway. Upon encountering traffic, the owner of said device simply unfolds the lightweight, 22 pound frame, climbs up on the wheel-mounts, leans back, and away she goes for 6.2 miles on a charge, courtesy of the electric motor.
While we applaud the innovative design thinking, we’re with Wired’s Gadget Lab in wondering whether the high center of gravity, larger front wheel and handlebars-behind-you design doesn’t add up to an urban faceplant waiting to happen. (One reason this device might be more appropriate on the sidewalk, like a Segway, say, rather than braving the street like a bike.)
With some interesting features we expect at least a few folks to be interested in the YikeBike, if only for the sheer novelty of riding on their own handlebars.