Yikes! Is this the New Segway?

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Yikes! Is this the New Segway? Yikes! Is this the New Segway?

Yikes! Is this the New Segway?

by Allison Arieff

February 12, 2011

Does the YikeBike represent a real breakthrough in electric bicycles? Or is it the new Segway? Though you'd look slightly less dorky riding it, it's unclear whether or not this new-fangled take on personal transportation represents much of an improvement over Dean Kamen's very green (but much made fun of) gadget.

On the plus side, it looks like something out of Terminator, when it's folded anyway. The whole contraption collapses into something that's lightweight (at 22 pounds, it's half the weight of the typical electric bike) and portable. It can go six miles at 15 miles an hour on one charge, costing just 6 cents in electricity. It takes just 40 minutes to recharge in full.

A lot of great thinking went into the design and engineering of the Yike Bike but I can't help but wonder: Why it can't just look more like a bike?
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