Launched recently on Kickstarter, the e-bike that folds as quickly as a switchblade and charges your phone while you pedal (or don’t) reached its funding goal in a mere five hours.
“The bike was born as a solution to a problem we saw in the cities. All three founders come from Argentina, and we saw [a] public transportation stall [when a national strike halted public transit] take the freedom out of people’s ability to move around the cities,” said cofounder Eric Sevillia in a phone interview with GrindTV.
But what’s really cool about the Gi FlyBike is the app that lets you share your bike with friends. Just tell them where you left it and you can give them permission to unlock it via the app. The bike also comes complete with a device that secures your phone to the stem, perfect for checking out directions. And since the bike charges the phone as you pedal, you’ll arrive at your destination with more juice in your phone than you started your journey with.The Gi FlyBike locks automatically when it senses you are 10 feet away from the bike, and you can also control the included front and rear LED lights with the app.
Don’t know how to change a flat? No problem. “We designed solid tires to avoid flats,” said Sevillia. That’s right: Without tubes, these tires can’t flat.The bike comes in any color you want, as long as it’s white, which looks both futuristic and, morbidly, if you’ve been around the bike world, may remind you of the bikes that are placed at fatal crashes, also known as ghost bikes. Or a combo of both. A sad reminder executed beautifully — so much so that it could be in the Guggenheim — the Gi FlyBike is currently $1,990 plus shipping ($100 in the U.S.) on Kickstarter.
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