YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. (Pics)
The result was the mini-farthing concept and its first expression, the YikeBike. It employs state-of-the-art technology, engineering and industrial design to create a new class of personal transport.
The first licensee of the mini-farthing design, YikeBike, has created a super high–end all electric version that weighs
less than 10 kg.
The basic bicycle design has not changed in 120 years because it is a truly fantastic design that is stable and safe to ride. The mini-farthing has been designed to make a form of personal transport that is better suited to a modern city. Rather than just take a normal bicycle design and squash it up, the aim was to see if there was another configuration that was more suited to the task.
The key advantages of the mini-farthing design are:
- It is super-small and light so it can go everywhere in a city. The light weight means it is easy to carry up/down stairs, in the store or as part of a commute. The small folded size means it is easy to tuck away on a train or bus, in a car, in an elevator, in a closet, under a desk etc.
- There is no parking hassle meaning it is faster to get from point to point. And because you can just take it with you, there is less risk of theft.
- The mechanics are enclosed so it is both low maintenance andclothes don’t get damaged (particularly when carrying).
- It is a stable platform with emphasis on safety. The shorter wheel-base makes it very manoeuvrable, the front wheel is a decent size for bumps and curbs, the upright riding position makes it easier to see and be seen in traffic and handle-bars are no longer a hazard in an accident.
All of these features mean that a mini-farthing can often be the most convenient and fastest way to move around congested cities – particularly when combined with public transport.
The mini-farthing cycle configuration can be used for all types of drive systems, from pure electric to pedal as well as pedal assist. The mini-farthing can be made from a variety of materials, from injection moulded materials to super light carbon fiber.