Electric Assist Bikes
In general, I’m not such a fan of these.
A bike with an electric motor? Really, you’ve got to be kidding me! That is SO missing the point.
BUT . . . just sometimes, when the wind is in my face for the whole of the journey home . . . or I’ve left late for work (again) and I need just a bit more va-va-vooom to get me there in time . . . or when I’m riding against a continual flow of red lights (start-stop-start-stop-start-stop-start-stop-start-stop-start-stop-oh-for-crying-out-loud), I can almost see where they might come in handy.
If only someone would come up with a bike that looked slightly less dorky (Pashley / omafeits = stylish . . . while the above Technium screams nerd to me. Sorry if you have one and love it, but that’s what I feel about it :-/ )
But wait, what’s that from those clever chaps at MIT . . .?
No, it’s not another Female London Cyclist (FLC ) who’s opted to cut out the middle man in the left-turning-lorry-and-bicycle-activist symbiotic relationship. And nor is that the winner of the biggest, most obvious, yet unnecessary pie-plate competition. And in the absence of Lenny Henry in the photo, we’ll assume it’s nothing to do with Red Nose Day .
A jolly clever thingamajig that uses magnets and dynamo doo-dahs work as a brake. The electricity that’s generated is then stored in batteries in that red thingie, which also contains a motor. When you need more va-va-voom, that’s used to give you a bit more ooomph.
Well, I like it anyway. If only it were available in chromed steel . . . .