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“For many urban commuters, a car is too much of a commitment and in many cases a bike is less than sufficient,” say Virtue Cycles. They believe that their new creation, The Pedalist, fills that gap. Attempting to launch via Kickstarter, they had at the time of writing raised under $5,000 of a $100,000 goal with 25 days to go.

Bringing to mind a kind of upmarket auto-rickshaw, the Pedalist is billed as: “Electric bicycle + cargo bike + tadpole tricycle + velomobile.”

With a 750W electric motor and a 48v 32A li-ion battery, it is said to offer a range of over 50 miles per charge on electric power alone with a pedal-assist mode obviously adding to this. A ‘pure pedal’ mode is also available.

The vehicle can also accommodate passengers. A second adult can sit behind the cyclist while a bicycle’s toddler’s seat can be attached in the front cargo space, which the designers say “would also fit a medium sized pet”.

One of the major selling points seems to be that at just 90cm wide, it can fit in a cycle lane. It can even go through your front door, say the designers – although their front doors are presumably wider than this writer’s.

With two wheels at the front, the Pedalist offers obvious stability, a full set of lights ensure visibility, while the enclosed shell keeps you dry. If it goes into development, the full retail price would be $4,499 (around £3,000), and there would also be a version available without the electric motor and battery for $3,499 (around £2,300).

The Pedalist bears a degree of similarity to the Babel Bike which we reported on earlier in the month. Also being crowdfunded, in this case via Indiegogo, the Babel Bike has now attracted £16,000 of its £50,000 investment target.

A project of Crispin Sinclair, the son of the famous inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, the Babel Bike also features an electric motor, but its main selling point is the designers’ claim that it is the safest bike ever created. Featuring roll bars and a seatbelt, it has been tested against a 38-tonne truck and was apparently pushed by it, not crushed.

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CapriciousZephyr [87 posts] 2 years ago
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This is clearly meant to protect the rider and passenger/cargo from the elements. Pity they didn't realise one of those elements would likely be wind - I wouldn't like to be in one in a crosswind.

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KiwiMike [1286 posts] 2 years ago
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Note to Virtue Cycles:

Why not do a Kickstarter for a budget airfare to Copenagen.

In winter.

When it's snowing.

At school run time.

There you might just see The World already has the solution: a 'cargo bike' with a 'parent' wearing 'a coat'.

It's been evolved and refined over the last 100 years, and works pretty well, we find.

You're welcome.

p.s. the electric assist thing? Yeah, that's sorted too, about three years back. Just Google 'Urban Arrow' - they are FREAKIN' AWESOME. Rode one myself around Amsterdam.

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velodinho [97 posts] 2 years ago
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Bike lanes are designed for bikes, and more than a few are designed poorly, and then you have this lump trundling along. Daft.

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vonhelmet [841 posts] 2 years ago
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Awesome. I was just thinking I'd like some more motorised traffic in cycle lanes. I find they're just too roomy and empty, you know?

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ChrisB200SX [354 posts] 2 years ago
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vonhelmet wrote:

Awesome. I was just thinking I'd like some more motorised traffic in cycle lanes. I find they're just too roomy and empty, you know?

Good point. Since my accident I've noticed that motorised vehicles stray into cycle lanes frequently, at whim, and with the driver neglecting to check it's even safe to do so.

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bdsl [201 posts] 2 years ago
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velodinho wrote:

Bike lanes are designed for bikes, and more than a few are designed poorly, and then you have this lump trundling along. Daft.

I don't think it would be legal in a UK bike lane with that 750w motor. E-trikes are limited to 250w. I think the law is similar across most or all of the EU. The motor is also supposed to stop working at 15mph and over - I don't know if this one will.

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gazza_d [469 posts] 2 years ago
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If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.

This may be electric, but it's a car. A very lightweight car, but a bloody car

#fail

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bikebot [2120 posts] 2 years ago
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I was curious for a moment, but then I spotted what I believe is a serious design defect. It's ugly as sin.

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s_smith [24 posts] 2 years ago
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There are far better velomobiles out there than that thing. Crosswinds are going to be terrible in that thing.  35

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RPK [100 posts] 2 years ago
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Or you could just ride a bakfiets with a raincoat on.

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Edgeley [452 posts] 2 years ago
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You can get a lot of taxis for $4500. Or 25% fewer taxis, and spend $1000 on a bike.

There is a spate of bizarre solutions looking for a problem.

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BighugeMonkeysuit [16 posts] 2 years ago
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Well I like it.

Just playing devils advocate. I don't like it at all.

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Don B [1 post] 2 years ago
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I'm not a cyclist & the Pedalist actually really tempted me; I think this thing made cycling a more viable option for me to do more stuffs without taking my car.
Back in 2013, most iphone users frowned upon big-screen smartphones.
Now in 2015, Tim Cook from Apple stated that 85% of new Iphone buyers are "switchers" from Android users. My conclusion: people don't like to change, insiders (old iphone users) used to small screen & they view big-screen as a CHANGE; but outsiders (Non-iphone users) view it as something NEW, not a CHANGE.
I guess the Pedalist could've made me a "Switcher"  1 39