Found: Bad Ass Homemade Miniature Penny Farthing e-Bike

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

Found in downtown Asheville, NC, this miniature “bike” is powered only by a hub based motor and the side mounted battery pack. It’s throttle only, there are no actual pedals, but we’ll easily overlook that because, well, just look at it. Awesome. We chatted up the builder outside the bar, and there’s no website or anything for his craft yet. He said he’s looking into options for selling them or the design. Until then, there’s more pics after the break…

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

homemade miniature penny farthing e-bike

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Psi Squared
Psi Squared
8 years ago

Bonus points for creativity to the guy who made that.

Ilikeicedtea
Ilikeicedtea
8 years ago

That saddle throws the scale off. Is this for a normal sized adult?

Erik
Erik
8 years ago

Asheville rocks!

Speedy
Speedy
8 years ago

shut up and take my money! Also, I wonder if you could add more range by placing another battery pack on the other side of the front wheel?

Mike Siebert
Mike Siebert
4 years ago
Reply to  Speedy

Yes. More battery means more distance.

Jose
Jose
8 years ago

Wouldbuy/10!

Michael
Michael
8 years ago

Brilliant. Having trouble working out the steering, though, because I can’t see a point that isn’t fixed on to something else. Do you lean to turn it?

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago

Looks like articulating steering, hinged in the middle.

MikeC
MikeC
8 years ago

There’s always pushback on this site when ebikes are posted, but here we have something you can’t even pedal — so it’s a true electric moped or scooter — and commenters love it.

It’s stuff like this which leaves site admin and marketers scratching their heads.

Todd S
Todd S
8 years ago

No really a fan of Ebikes, but wow, this is amazing. Totally custom, totally a new design, and something I think people would be will to buy; even hard core cyclists (engineers) like myself.

uglyyeti
uglyyeti
8 years ago

I spent last week in downtown Asheville – bummed I didn’t see that thing.

Bik-E
Bik-E
8 years ago

Reminds me of this http://www.yikebike.com/ which is another penny farthing E bike type gadget, but in production.

A Willi
8 years ago

Benedict – WTF?! Try pedaling!

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

^^^ There’s the ebike hate I was waiting for.

RebelRoundeye
8 years ago

This. I would buy this.

King County
King County
8 years ago

I usually like my bikes ‘pedal only’, but I’d like to try this!

Anthony
Anthony
8 years ago

Michael,
It looks like the black part of the frame is fixed. It looks like the yellow fork turns inside the black frame. It limits the turn radius but gives you a place to put your feet and mount the battery.

nightfend
nightfend
8 years ago

I think there is no negative blowback on this one because I don’t feel like this invention will steal market share from regular bikes as much as from cars and scooters. Some of the faux- ebikes are obviously meant to compete directly with bicycles and so, I dislike them.

mark
mark
8 years ago

It would make a sweet ride for a parking officer! I like another cool penny inspired design is at http://www.reveloelectric.com/ . It’s an interesting concept and looks like a fun ride. Not sure how useful the pedaling is except for maybe long hills but perhaps the pedaling does make it street legal.

angel
angel
7 years ago

I met this guy last year (2013) at a gas station and he just rode up on it. I thought it was the coolest thing. It’s super quiet and the guy is pretty tall too. Im 5’9″ and he was probably 6 feet. I’m amazed to have found a pic on pinterest that obviously lead me here. <3 Asheville

Rob Childress
6 years ago
Reply to  angel

My name is Rob Childress. I am the creator/designer of the bike here in the comments. As an inventor and e-cyclist I think of a wheel harnessed, but still mostly a wheel and less bike, thus we end up compact, a.k.a a short wheel base distance. All of the bikes I’ve built are [completely] based on the Penny Farthing format and continue to be, to date. The motorized hub has offered up many new possibilities in design, as well as speed and torque…. Long story short, you’ll get what you pay for. I recommend that you choose one for torque and not speed, regarding that you are on a considerably shorter wheelbase at averages of 25 mph. P.S. ASHEVILLE DOES ROCK.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Childress

take my money. i will buy one.