yikebike: electric mini farthing yikebike: electric mini farthing
sep 03, 2009

yikebike: electric mini farthing

yikebike: electric mini farthing




the ‘yikebike‘ by inventor grant ryan and engineer peter higgins of new zealand, is a mini-farthing bike designed to battle the increasing urban congestion of today. the carbon fiber frame is the foldable and weighs under 10kg. yikebike’s electronic motor allows you to travel at speeds up to 20 kph. the design means that your feet remain static on the footrests and your fingers work the accelerator and a brake.




the yikebike can comfortably be ridden by anyone from 160cm to 195cm (5’3” to 6’5″). there is no need to adjust the seat because you do not pedal – your height relative to the seat is only important to how much your knees are bent when riding. the bike can comfortably take a rider (and personal effects) weighing up to 100kg.










the development of the concept can be found at www.minifarthing.com.




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  • They have to change angle of sitting on this ebike. It will be safer, more comfortable and driver will feel more restfull.

    watcher says:
  • Imagine trying to stop fast on that.

    H says:
  • wonderfull

    marco says:
  • The sitting possition will affect your neck, you are pushing down with your arms and keeping the stability (gravity center) with the head.
    plus, the break is on the front wheel! … face on the ground surely

    JM says:
  • Perhap the hand controller can be a bit higher so that the position of the seating is like sitting in a chair to avoid pressure to the neck.

    A.B says:
  • Yikes.

    JeffreyATW says:
  • No wonder we have an obesity problem. People can’t even pedal a bike anymore.

    rddtf3 says:
  • The seat is pretty far back, so hitting the brake probably won’t be an issue on it. Even if you do end up going over the front wheel, with no handlebars in front you can hit the ground feet first and run out of it. 20km/hr is just under 12.5mph, which is slower than most distance runners average pace.

    On my 24″ mountain unicycle I top out at about 12mph, and runners routinely pass me. And I can come to a dead stop without having my weight nearly as far back as on the Yike.

    I’ll stick with my uni though 😉

    Uninick says:
  • Range? Hill Climb?

  • Perhaps the operators of this site need a lesson in how to use the Shift key.

    What Haveyou says:
  • I’d fall off of that thing. I’d rather have this bike: http://www.sportsncs.com/rd_p?p=191614&t=9536&a=6784-sbike&gift=6784

    Katheryn says:
  • What if you sneeze? Can you ride it with one hand?

    jman says:
  • How do all you “experts” (andy b 09.03.09; marco 09.03.09; JM 09.03.09, What Haveyou 09.03.09) know! Have you ridden the Yike, have you touched it, have you done R&D on it? I haven’t, and it looks great; on face value, fantastic, I may not buy one, nonetheless it is cool, like the Segway. It is a fantastic idea. I like it. Amazing how everyone can be so critical of something that is new. I guess it is a free world and open comment is always valued, in his case your comments have instigated a response from me, none of which is really helpful to anyone. Well done.

    garryzm says:
  • This is better than the segway, this has more mass appeal if they can get the price down.

    Stabby says:
  • At over five thousand dollars (US), this is dead before getting started.

    underwhelmed says:
  • Love it! Get it down to 0 and everyone in urban areas will buy it!

    Lord Kimbo says:
  • I typed ‘get it down to three hundred dollars’ not zero! stupid feedback form.

    Lord Kimbo says:
  • Dude, thats sick! I must have one!


    John Davis says:
  • what’s wrong with a good old fashioned bicycle? are we that lazy?

    joebikerdude says:
  • 100kg’s… when is the fat bastards version coming out?

    benlau says:
  • can I buy this at BnL yet?

    WALL-E says:
  • excelent!!! congratulation!! 🙂 this is what the world needs! new way to move.


    reve says:
  • Retarded, a step backward…

    b says:
  • What’s with the dramatic music in the pre-launch party video? Sounds like the soundtrack to ‘The Biggest Loser’ or something.

    rakeman says:
  • Can we see it go over some potholes and down a curb or two? Can the rider lift his butt off the seat and not get thrown?

    Robert T says:
  • evone should check this out…
    it’s a cycle but far more comfortable looking than this one.

    greenplanet says:
  • Looks ideal for in town touring. I bet the cost is sky high?

    Jim Gibson says:
  • is it just me or is the guy riding the bike in the promo scared of falling the entire time? also, the center of gravity is so high that the poor fellow wobbles even when going over even pavement. and the tiny rear wheel can’t be good for going over rough pavement. does not look safe to ride, and the design is far too modern = no mass market appeal = dead.

    ferricfelix says:
  • €3,500- 3,900!!! THAT IS 4,000 US $$$$$!
    To much. i would buy it for 500-1000 US $$$$$$$

    Jeremy says:
  • fat boys and girl will love this, just another way to stop movement while moving! never a good thing tubby

    ryan says:
  • The rider assumes the position of the disabled (legs).
    It folds into half the size of small motorbikes.

    Rui says:
  • well done! i would like to have one of these urban transport.

    BEAN says:
  • Re all the safety comments: Harden up pussies! 20km/h is not very fast. If you are really that scared you should not be riding any sort of bike.

    In New Zealand where the Yikebike developers are, you can get a 10yo Subaru Legacy GT cheaper than a Segway or a genuine Vespa scooter. As a result, very few people here are interested in alternative transport. I hope for the yikebike’s sake that its price tag is sensible…

    RRM says:
  • some of the comments here: “strain on your back, restless neck..rider assumes the position of the disabled (legs)… ha ha come on! Look at the posture of a rider on any bike.. they look like they’re undergoing a rectal examination… no rest for neck muscles, arms and back…

    LocustBikeModel says:

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