The e-bike market has exploded in recent years, from conversion kits to ready-made models. The Ridekick company takes it one step further by allowing your bike to interchange between motorized and manual pedal models in minutes.
Gives your bike a push
Ridekick Technologies, founded in 2009 in Fort Collins, Colo., recently introduced its Ridekick electric bicycle trailer. It easily couples to a bicycle, providing electric-driven propulsion from the rear. The trailer also will hold a small amount of cargo. It is great for when a rider is in a hurry, facing strong winds, or looking at a protracted uphill ride.
However, unlike other e-bike conversion kits, it leaves your bicycle unchanged. In minutes it can be a normal bicycle again; for when nothing but the purity of manual cycling will do.
Mark Wanger, the company’s founder, wrote:
“The vision of Ridekick is to provide an efficient way for people to enjoy bike riding as a mode of transportation and leave the car in the garage. Fifty percent of our trips by car are less than four miles from our home bases, and bicycling is the fun and healthy alternative to driving.”
The Ridekick will propel a bicycle up to 19 mile per hour, using a simple throttle for controlling variable speeds. It has a range of 12 to 15 miles when its 500-watt battery is fully charged.
The Ridekick is marketed through independent bicycle retailers domestically, or it can be ordered from the company’s website. About comparable with some e-bike conversion kits, it sells for $699. If ordering from the site, be prepared to pay $39 more for shipping.
Keeps some mobile
It may also be useful at helping some elderly people remain active and mobile. Ellen Fletcher, an 83-year-old woman in Palo Alto, Calif., has gotten around by bicycle for years. After a bout with lung cancer, she thought her pedaling days were over. That is, until the Ridekick came along. She has been using it to get around since September.
Fletcher said in an email:
“I just use it for wherever I need to or want to go, just like anyone would use a car.”
Ridekick is also a “green” product, especially considering it may cut down on trips by car.
Dee Wanger, co-owner of Ridekick International, said:
“The carbon footprint for the battery we use for the Ridekick trailer will take you 900 miles on the equivalent carbon footprint of a gallon of gas.”
Ridekick International also has the added clout of being named on of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies.
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