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insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 15, 2009 10:25PM
bike me

Want one. And I don't even own an iPhone.
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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: Buck
Date: December 15, 2009 10:32PM
Old news. Motorized rear hubs have been around for years in Europe.
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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: H1N1
Date: December 15, 2009 10:48PM
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Buck
Old news. Motorized rear hubs have been around for years in Europe.
please post links
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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: December 15, 2009 10:53PM
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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: Carm
Date: December 16, 2009 01:59AM
No, its NEW and Revolutionary
It allows you to connect it to your iPod and @#$%&Book. ;)
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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: mattkime
Date: December 16, 2009 06:04AM
cool!



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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: Black
Date: December 16, 2009 08:19AM
Would make sense in a hilly city like Seattle, if it could provide enough torque . . . I don't know if it's going to motivate the hopelessly out of shape to change their lifestyles as suggested.




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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 16, 2009 08:20AM
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Buck
Old news. Motorized rear hubs have been around for years in Europe.

Generated through a battery system or by pedaling? That is what seems to separate this version. Plus, it's a plug-and-play system, providing the wheel fits your frame.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/16/2009 08:21AM by mrbigstuff.
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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 16, 2009 10:35AM
Old news.

That merits a "So what." response.


Called the Copenhagen Wheel, it is nothing like the chunky, heavy motorized bikes exploding in popularity across Asia and other parts of the world or the oh-so-trendy scooters seen in US cities. The Wheel, with a small motor in its hub, will fit into any existing bike frame, giving riders extra horsepower for hills and longer distances.

Hmm.


I don't know if it's going to motivate the hopelessly out of shape to change their lifestyles as suggested.

I would hope the hopelessly out of shape people won't waste their money.

For others, I think that thing has real potential. I'm curious about a number of specs and performance parameters. How much torque? Speed? 5mph? Direct drive? Electric clutch, freewheel pedaling? Regenerative braking/charging? (Ok, that's a stretch.) How long can the motor be used without overheating? Stuff like that.

One could ride out until too pooped to pedal, then motor back. It wouldn't take much of a hill to tucker out some riders, so I can see that thing having some use.

I'll be curious as to the available fitment. Also, the battery power for a mobile sound system could be channeled to the motor to extend the range.




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Re: insanely cool (bicycle)
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 16, 2009 01:32PM
Did you see the size of those magnets? I wouldn't be surprised if that wheel doubles the weight of the bike. It seems like it wont work with a wheel with a rear cassette or freewheel.

Somehow I think this wheel will waste more energy due to weight and lack of performance than it will save by storing energy from braking.

And as for the green miles earning you points... you know that's going to be exploited and they'll either have to make it nearly worthless or pointless.

It seems to imply it knows topography too. Now if it could tell me if I'm better off going up the shorter, steeper hill over the longer, more mild hill, that would be cool. But I don't think storing energy from braking is going to be very helpful.




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