« Locky Luggage Tag | Main | Squeeze lamp »

04. 14. 2006

Mobiky Genius folding bike

bike1.jpg

I want this Genius folding bike by French company Mobiky for my birthday. I've seen other folding bikes before, but they seemed gimmicky to me, offering nothing more than the ability to make it compact while being awkward and uncomfortable to ride. I've also wondered about how efficient it is to ride around on such small wheels (wouldn't you have to pedal really fast to get anywhere?).

The Genius caught my eye because of its beautiful, sleek design and, admittedly, my irrational love of things that fold into compact packages, but at $699, I would expect impressive functional features as well. According to Mobiky, the bike folds in three seconds (watch the folding demo on the website), and while folded, glides along next to you so you don't have to carry it. For steps, there's a carrying handle for lifting it up. Weighing 28.6 pounds and made of alloy aluminum, it holds up to 240 pounds, and anyone from 52 inches to 72 inches in height (so both children and most adults can ride it). The 3-speed internal gear hub is in the rear wheel. The feature I find most compelling is the distance it covers per turn of the pedal -- it's the same as with a standard bike with larger wheels. This addresses the primary issue with folding bikes that has kept me from buying one in the past.

Bike2.jpg
bike4.jpg

Serious or macho bicyclists can scoff if they want to; it's not meant to be a sports bike. To me, the Genius seems like the perfect bike for someone who likes to ride around the neighborhood, commute to the train station without parking, or take a bike along on weekend trips to the country without having to outfit their car with a heavy duty bike carrier.

The Genius comes in colbalt (my favorite), red, green, orange, and dark blue, and is also available from Amazon.

Posted by Hoyun    Category: toys
Tags:
Email this | Comments (1)
Add to: Yahoo Add to: Google Add to: Digg Add to: Del.icio.us Add to: Reddit Add to: StumbleUpon Add to: Technorati


Comments (1)

Hi! :-)

Just to say this post changed my life! I liked this bike so much that i decided i wanted one for myself. But it wasn't available in my country... :-( So along a few months time i decided to create a company to sell this bike and make it available in Portugal. I think everybody should be able to have one! It really is a great gadget!

Thanks!

Ana

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


Back to Top

 





 
swf_ad2.gif


Best of Popgadget
10.21.2010

We're back!! And where we've been...

Hello! It's been a while, and I'm so happy to say, we are going to be back and better than ever. We will be changing just a little bit- bringing you more frequently updated content, in a somewhat abbreviated...
Read More
Popgadget Recent Comments
Popgadget Steals & Deals
Mom Wants Gadgets for Mother's Day
Trade-in Your Old Electronics
Popgadget Giveaway from American Express! My Life on Points
6-Foot HDMI cable at $3.19 includes shipping
Sony offers some exciting deals for Mother's Day
Unlocked iPhone! Only $599. Or $699.
Got four friends? Take a Peek at this great offer
Green Tech: Eco-fashions priced to move
31 ways to save money on technology from PCWorld
Popgadget Random Images

Where is this image from?
See more random images
On This Day
Take a little stroll down memory lane. See what Popgadget was writing about on this day in 2012 2009 2008 2007 2006 2004