First there was the single-geared ‘fixie’ bike, then there was the unicycle, and then the electric unicycle.
But hipsters could be ready to one-up themselves again with a new take on wheeled transport, which uses a treadmill instead of pedals.
For riders of the Lopifit, getting from A to B is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other, with its quirky design enabling users to ride around by walking.
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As the rider walks, sensors register the turning treadmill and kick the motor into gear to assist the movement and set the wheels in motion. According to its makers, the bikes can travel 30 to 50 miles on a charge and a selection of gears enable the user to change the walking pace from a leisurely stroll to a brisk walk. Depending on terrain, gear selected and how energetic the user is feeling, it can achieve speeds between 4–17 mph (6–27 kph). On downhill stretches a freewheel kicks in, so users don’t have to break into a sprint to keep up. Lopifit’s bikes come with a hefty pricetag, at $2,495 (£1,980) per bike. But bikers can customise their walking bike with a range of colours.
According to OddityCentral, the company is currently struggling to keep up with demand. Its name comes from a combination of three words – ‘lopan’ (the Dutch for ‘walk’), ‘pi’ for the technical aspects, and ‘fit’ for healthy living. A Kickstarter page from earlier this year said: ‘Our goal is to make the electric walking bike available for as many people as possible. We want to change the way people move. ‘We wish that everyone can benefit from a greener and cleaner way of transportation that simultaneously improves your health.’
WHAT IS LOPIFIT?
Lopifit is a combination of three words – ‘lopan’ (Dutch for ‘walk’), ‘pi’ for the technical aspects, and ‘fit’ for healthy living.
It uses a motor to assist the treadmill, so using the bikes takes little effort.
Sensors register the turning treadmill and kick the motor into gear to assist.
The bikes can travel 30 to 50 miles on a charge and gears enable the user to change the pace.
It can achieve speeds between 4–17 mph (6–27 kph).
The bikes are available for $2,495 (£1,980) in a range of colours.
Outside of Europe, the bikes ship to the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Source: Daily Mail
December 9, 2016
By Ryan O’Hare