Gi FlyBike – an electric bike that folds in one second, according to its makers – has raised over $650,000 on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo
According to the Argentinian team behind it, “Gi FlyBike is an electric, smart, maintenance-free, folding bicycle with full size, 26in wheels that we created for the future of urban commuting.”
Last year there was a Kickstarter campaign to launch the first incarnation of the bike. The new version has more technologically advanced features, according to its designers, and it is cheaper than the original. In order to get one, you have to pledge $2,290.
But we’re putting the cart before the horse; what exactly does Gi FlyBike offer?
Well, it’s an aluminium bike that has a 40-mile (60km) battery range (it’s a LifePo4 battery). It features solid anti-puncture tyres, a belt drive system, and LED smart lights that you can control remotely and automatically with the Gi FlyBike mobile phone app (the iOS version is available at the App store, the Android version is promised shortly).
It also comes with a USB phone charger, a GPS system that syncs wirelessly with iOS and Android, and a locking system that operates automatically when you move 10ft away from the folded bike.
The Gi FlyBike has three levels of assistance and the designers say that the motor will get you to 15mph.
When folded the bike is 102cm tall, 90cm long and 66cm wide (the width of the handlebar). It weighs 37.4lb (17kg).
Assuming everything goes to plan, delivery of the new design will begin next June.
For loads more information on the Gi FlyBike go to www.giflybike.com.