Yike Bike, Electric Mini-Farthing For Urban Commuters

Ever stare at vintage pictures of the giant-wheeled Penny Farthing bikes and wonder exactly how anyone balanced and moved forward with one?

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Ever stare at vintage pictures of the giant-wheeled Penny Farthing bikes and wonder exactly how anyone balanced and moved forward with one? Now you can find out, albeit on a shrunken, streamlined version. With a big wheel in front, small wheel in back and handlebars on the sides, the Yike Bike looks about as counterintuitive and foreboding as the original Penny Farthing. It’s a folding electric “mini-Farthing” that gets up to 10 kilometers per charge – perfect for commuting to work so long as you don’t mind looking like a total dufus, spending 3,500 Euros on an automated Big Wheel. On the plus side, it folds down small and weighs only 21 pounds thanks to carbon composite design. [YikeBike via Core77]

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