The Gi FlyBike is the Foldable e-Bike Built for the City
City dwellers know the feeling well. Space is always at a premium—in the home, in the office, and everywhere in between. An inch here or an inch there can go a long way…and for those with unwieldy bicycles or e-bikes, this new foldable two-wheeler comes as a welcome sight. Meet the Gi FlyBike. It functions as any other e-bike does: it sports an electric motor, varying levels of pedal assist, and can recharge from a standard wall outlet. However with the FlyBike, all it takes is one pull of a lever to fold this urban cruiser into a pint-sized package—making it easy to store and easy to operate in today’s bustling metropolises. RELATED: This New Ford e-Bike Gives City Riders a Reason to Cheer
The stylish e-bike was created after three friends experienced a complete public transportation shutdown while living in Argentina. In their quest to find a better way to move about the city, the portable Gi FlyBike design was born. Today, that group of three has taken another big step forward and has begun crowdfunding production of their e-bike on Kickstarter.
So what do you get with a FlyBike? In short, flexibility. The Gi FlyBike features three different levels of electric pedal assistance, powered by a bank of lithium-ion batteries mounted in the frame and a 250 watt electric motor mounted in the bike’s rear hub. The end result is 40 miles of pedal-assisted range, more than enough for the average urban commuter to get where they’re going. That being said, it is compact enough to fit in the back of a car or on a subway if need be.
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The Gi FlyBike also totes smartphone connectivity, in fact, the bike’s navigation system (which can find the most efficient bike route) is run using a purpose-built Gi FlyBike iOS and Android app. The bike even has a self-locking safety feature that engages (when folded) when it senses your smart phone has exceeded a 15 foot range. Want to unlock it for a friend while you’re away? The app can send them a unique code that allows only them to use the bike.
The Gi FlyBike Kickstarter campaign starts today (Sept. 29) and aims to raise $75,000 to fund the initial production of the e-bike. The first 300 backers unlock reduced pricing of $1,990. After that, all subsequent bikes will retail for $2,290 and are expected to be delivered by Summer 2016.
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