Somewhere in the gray area between a city bike and a razor scooter lies what inventor/entrepreneur Tom Mackenzie calls the Levicle. Essentially a sit on top scooter with a 12″ front wheel, it claims to blend bike and scooter into something new that will help commuters zip from the train station to the office, speeding up their commute, and having fun at the same time. Scoot past the break to hear a bit more about how the and find out how you can get one in time for the holidays…
Mackenzie set out to simplify the commuting bike, to make it even more portable and simpler and cleaner to operate. He wanted to get to the ease of use and foldability of a kick scooter, with the comfort and stability of a bike. He talks about getting the idea for it walking through the supermarket, balancing on the handle of the shopping cart and gliding down the aisles. After a couple of prototypes he is bringing the Levicle “bike” to market through Kickstarter, with the best of both worlds from bike and scooter.
The 12″ front wheel gives the Levicle the ability to roll over the small bumps and pavement irregularities that would derail the scooter. With a small folding frame it packs down to 72cm x 36cm x 20cm, making it even more suited to take on a busy train or to fit net to a desk in the office. And no chain means no mess and no pedals hitting you (or others around you) in the shins.
With its strange, perched-on-top riding position, the Levicle is apparently quite easy to get up to speed, and easy to maneuver even with a tiny handlebar through crowds. Whether it is allowed or not, piloting it among pedestrians seems like it might not be the wisest or most responsible thing to do. The telescoping seatpost and stem also mean that its one size fits adults up to around 190cm (6’2″) down to kids 105cm (3’5″) tall making it fun for almost anyone.
Backers can get back the project over at Kickstarter to get ahold of one for about $133/117€ (including shipping) for delivery in February 2016, or pay$160/140€ to get a first batch this December in time to wrap it under the tree.