Suburban Assault

The Copenhagen Wheel Project

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Image from Copenhagenwheel

I’ve been seeing a bunch of posts about the Copenhagen Wheel Project on several blogs, including Bike Rumor, Bicycle Times, Bike Hugger, Urban Velo, Cyclelicious and Copenhagenize. Here’s my quick opinion about it:

Negatives (very little):

First, it’s kinda ugly (and I’m guessing, probably heavier). However, it looks like the designers have come up with a nice solution to integrate it with most existing bikes. That’s a great advantage over having to buy a whole new bike. Now, if only there was a design that didn’t scream: “Hey look, I need help riding!”

My other concern is with electric assisted bikes in general. Yes, there are folks that may need help with riding up some hills, but the healthy side of me fears that these will become replacements for general fitness. Like with cars, are we feeding our laziness? However – perhaps the same could have been said when geared bikes were introduced.

Positives:

There are many things that I like about it. Although I had criticized it earlier, the most amazing feature is it’s clever design. Instead of a traditional, battery powered motor, the Copenhagen Wheel allows you to “capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost.” – all without stray wires or bulky battery packs.

Another great feature is the technology built into the wheel. “Controlled through your smart phone, the Copenhagen Wheel becomes a natural extension of your everyday life. You can use your phone to unlock and lock your bike, change gears and select how much the motor assists you.”more.

Again, what makes this cool over traditional hybrid bikes is that you don’t need to get a whole new bike to get this technology. Another accomplishment of the Copenhagen Wheel is that it makes bicycling more accessible for those who might have physical limitations that may be keeping them from riding.

I’m not sure if something like this is for me, but I’d sure like to test ride one.

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Written by dickdavid

December 17, 2009 at 9:26 am

Posted in General Cycling

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  1. I test road an electric assist a few months ago and it actually helped me get stronger. It allowed me to ride more and on more difficult routes. I was surprised. I think the idea that people won’t get enough exercise is silly to worry about. We need people out of cars for so many reasons that to get hooked up on that one facet makes no sense. Even with e-assist it is more exercise than sitting in a car in the freeway!

    Adrienne

    May 7, 2011 at 1:31 am


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