It's a bicycle. Impress me.
This isn't just any bicycle – this is the Gi-Bike, and it may just be the future of pedal power.
With more and more people switching to bicycles for the commute to work, there have been all sorts of innovations – folding bikes, electric pedal-assist bikes, biking apps, illuminated wheels. The Gi-Bike combines all of these features and more into one package.
More after the break...
What sort of features are we talking about here?
Gi-Bike is a full-size bike that folds up in three seconds; simply flip a catch, and lift, and the bike folds down to half its size. When folded, it's designed in such a way that you can tow it around by the handlebars, wheeling it along.
So it folds. What else does it do?
The Gi-Bike is available in two different variants; a pedal-powered version and one with electric pedal assist. The pedal-assisted version runs off a LifePo4 battery, and will chug along for 40 miles on a full charge at speeds of up to 15mph. It'll charge your smartphone too, with a USB port and a handy mount for your phone. You also get a Revolights-style illuminated front wheel and an integrated rear light, which switch on automatically at dusk.
What's it made of?
Aluminium, mostly – the Gi-Bike weighs in at 12kg for the pedal-powered version, and 17kg for the electric version.
Sounds nice. And very desirable to bike thieves.
Helpfully, the Gi-Bike has some security features that work in tandem with your phone; it syncs up with your smartphone and automatically locks when you're a certain distance away. You can loan your bike to friends, too, using the Gi-Bike app – which also shows remaining battery charge and tracks distance, speed and calories burned.
I want one!
You'll have to move quickly – the Gi-Bike is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, with the pedal-powered version available for US$2590, and the electric version costing US$3390.