It's about this time of year when we start lusting after an electric scooter &mdash it'd be perfect for our commute, so fun to ride around on a nice warm day, silent and of course gas-free. The problem is we have no where to store it. Now comes along the Yike Bike, a super weird looking electric bike &mdash but a perfect hybrid between a folding bike and electric scooter, and the less embarrassing answer to a Segway.
So, yes, it does look almost as awkward as a Segway, but the shape of the bike was modeled after the old fashioned Penny-Farthing bicycles, with one large wheel in the front and a small one in the back. According to the designer the handlebars by the seat not only help maintain a compact frame, but sitting upright is also a more natural riding position than the typical lean and hunch of normal bicycle.
Made for city commuters, the YikeBike can move up to 12-15 mph and charges in about 20-40 minutes. The rider sits in it like a chair, holds the handles at the side and leans right or left to steer. It comes standard with electric anti-skid breaks, weighs about 22lbs and can quickly fold in half for easy portability and storage.
The YikeBike is expected to be available for purchase Spring 2010, and the company is currently taking deposits for early reservations. Unfortunately the price is a bit steep at €3,495 (approximately $4,450), but one would assume the price will drop with increased demand and production. For more information visit YikeBike.com.
The YikeBike was listed as one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Inventions of 2009 &mdash would you ride one?
(Images via Yike Bike)