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Part Bike, Part Scooter, Part Trike – Is Halfbike as good as a whole?

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It seems like you can’t swing a dead 26 inch wheel without hitting a new a new take on the conventional two wheeler these days. We’ve seen some crazy stuff that makes me wonder if they even bothered asking one other person if it was a good idea, while others make me smack my forehead and say, why didn’t I think of that?  Along those lines, the Halfbike is out there for sure – but just how far out is the question.

Scoot past the break to see how the Halfbike works and if it could become your better half…..

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I took the name… “Half Bike” and did some calculations: Though you can’t “scoot” it, it does have scooter ergonomics so I’ll give it 25% scooter. It has three wheels, which kinda makes it a TRIke vs. BIke, (semantics I know, but…), so I’ll give it 12.5% trike, and because it uses a somewhat of a skateboard “truck” out back, I’ll give it another 12.5% skateboard since that is how you maneuver it. Okay, sure, it’s half trike bike, so I’ll go with it.

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Martin Angelov (left) and Mihail Klenov (right) are the mad scientists creators of the Halfbike. What started out as a competition to develop a new means of transport, turned into a successful Kickstarter launching their idea into production. The Halfbike is made of an aluminum “frame”, and the “handlebar”, (the entire portion from the wheel up), is made of impregnated plywood that is said to be able to handle the worst of conditions.

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The standing pedaling position gives me the impression that this thing could really improve my Mark Cavendish impression, though not being able to sit for periods of time makes me question this being something I would want to ride for more than 10 minutes. It looks great if you wanted a hell of a work out to get yourself ready for short & skirt season. However, seeing how it carves turns in the video (below), I can kind of see how this might be fun to whip around on. How they left a wheelie kick-bar off the back blows my mind though. I’ll just have to stick to a foot-jam stoppie 180.

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Thanks to the compact build and 19lb weight, the Halfbike could have appeal for someone that may have to carry it into an office or onto public transportation.

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In addition to only being a scant 14 inches wide, it also collapses to about a third of its height so finding a place to store it should be easy. In the end, this thing actually looks fun! As far as how efficient it is and how costly compared to an “adult scooter”, it’s hard to say if it’s something I’d throw a leg over…. so to speak.

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Regardless, of its abilities, it was included in the Design Museum’s Cycle Revolution exhibition in London which is pretty cool in its own right.

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Francois
Francois
7 years ago

Half-bike, half-segway.
Looks fun, for like 10mins before the quads burn like hell (pedaling that stuff = doing half squats, and three halves is just too many).

Dinh
Dinh
7 years ago

Part bike, part scooter, part trike, fully useless!

badbikemechanicx
badbikemechanicx
7 years ago

Looks cool. Go millennials!

Water Chesnut III
Water Chesnut III
7 years ago

Half scooter, Half Bike, Half Trike! I am here to raise Scootbiketrike awareness! Excelsior!

Lemond Rider
Lemond Rider
7 years ago

Hey, what if you added a saddle that adjusts vertically, put just a single rear wheel matching the front wheel size, maybe added some stepped gearing for terrain other than flat, made a larger framework into what I like to refer to as the “double-diamond”….oh wait….that would be a “bicycle” or what I refer to as a “Full-Bike”.

FoolCyclist
FoolCyclist
7 years ago

Because riding a bike has become so uncool. Now give me my over-roasted, crappy tasting coffee with stevia and almond milk froth that tingles my nose as it gets stuck in my sleek manicured mustache so I can march out of here in my super tight ill-fitting skinny corduroys that wont stretch to cover my suede saddle shoes. Good day to you sir.

Dana
Dana
7 years ago

Half a bike, philosophically, must, ipso facto, half not be…

Jeffrey the Barak
7 years ago

It seems that a much larger pedal that could support more of the foot would make it much easier. After all, both feet are on the pedals 100% of the time and so your whole weight is supported by your feet. It takes less effort to stand than it does to stand on tiptoes.

goulash prakash
goulash prakash
7 years ago

I can see some spectacular OTB accidents in it’s future! Looks like fun to put around on

Joey
Joey
7 years ago

It is a creature which roams the earth alone. it is half man, half bear, and half pig! some people say that manbearpig isn’t real. well, i’m here to tell you now, manbearpig is very real, and he most certainly exists.

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho
7 years ago

WOOOTTTT!! WOOOOTT!

ctguru
ctguru
7 years ago

does it come with an 800mm bar version????

Bit narrow for me

Ryan
Ryan
7 years ago

What, pray tell, is the poor plywood impregnated with?

Hilbert
Hilbert
7 years ago

Hilarious comments are why I love those articles. Keep them going!!

Mike D
7 years ago

Eyyyyyy.. alright. I know it’s easy to poo poo half-brained ideas, but this one.. this one here has merit. It looks amazingly simple, puts your head high for a commanding view of your surroundings, and and in one fold collapses to a pretty decent size. I wouldn’t ride one for my 25 minute commute every morning, but I could see this concept having its place. And all for $600US, seems reasonably priced as well.

LateSleeper
LateSleeper
7 years ago

Damn, this has to be the most innovative way yet to do a face plant on pavement.

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

26″ Aint Dead…hahaha

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