Still Weird Electric YikeBike Available

A bike with no pedals? 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.

YikeBike

image via GadgetLab

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.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Henry Turner

      Surely thisw can’t be for hipster douchebags, it’s not in khaki or beige.

    • Rex Veritas

      Why does the headlamp point at your butt? Look at around 0:32 of the video as it pans across the stationary unit. It’s clearly to the rear of the rider and pointing at the same portion of anatomy.

    • An interesting concept, but with only a 6 mile range, and what looks like an odd ergonomic position, I can’t say I’d want to try it…

    • G.

      hahah I think I saw that guy and that yike bike on an episode of Mister Bean!!!