The Halfbike II Adds Fun to the Urban Commute
Most people loathe the twice-daily trudge to and from work. It’s a time when we either (a) worry about today’s problems, or (b) anxiously await tomorrow’s. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Meet the Halfbike II. It’s a wild stand-up bicycle that’s looking to turn the urban commute into an adrenaline pumping, invigorating experience. Riders—rather, “standers”—pedal like they would on a normal bicycle, steer like they would on a scooter, and can now carve into corners thanks to the Halfbike II’s souped-up skateboard axle in the rear. It’s an almost mesmerizing thing to watch, and according to the company’s founders—architects Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov—it’s easy to get the hang of as well. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Amazing Halfbike II
It isn’t Angelov or Klenov’s first crack at designing a new mode of transport, however. The pair created and built the original Halfbike design in 2014 after raising over $81,000 on Kickstarter. They returned to the crowdfunding site in April 2015 for the launch of Halfbike II, and when the campaign ended in May, Halfbike II raised a staggering $973,764 and became the most funded vehicle in Kickstarter history.
The Halfbike II measures only 44 inches tall and weighs just 18 pounds, thanks to its lightweight aluminum construction and plywood front bar. If you genuinely are commuting to work or school on one, the bar hinges back and allows the Halfbike to fold down into a compact, easier to store package.
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Think you’d like to buy one? The Halfbike comes in two sizes—small and large—and is said to fit riders between 5’2” and 6’4”, and up to 210 pounds. Kickstarter campaign backers received special pricing for the Halfbike II at $349 a pop. When it goes into full retail sale, the stand-up bike is expected to cost $599.
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