How to Turn Any Bike Into an Electrical One
Cycling is quickly turning into the best way of getting around. Many people today are becoming overweight, and the best way to counterbalance that, all the while getting somewhere, literally, is by cycling. Moreover, pollution is also a big plight on both ourselves and the environment, and again bikes can help us here. Not to mention that bikes take up far less space in traffic than a car does. The only drawback these lightweight means of transportation have is that they’re powered by muscle power, and you can’t ride them for extended periods of time, or expect to get really far without taking regular breaks.
The only drawback these lightweight means of transportation have is that they’re powered by muscle power, and you can’t ride them for extended periods of time, or expect to get really far without taking regular breaks.
However, the new GeoOrbital wheel can solve all of these problems. You don’t even need a $1,000 electric bike, you just need to modify your own bike with this wheel. According to their Kickstarter campaign, the GeoOrbital wheel can be mounted in less than 60 seconds, and it’s all inclusive to make it electric. The motor, battery, central unibody and flat-resistant tire are all in one.
The wheel has been tested on hundreds of differently-sized bikes and works perfectly with 26, 28 and 29-inch front wheels and rim breaks.
The way it charges itself is when someone’s riding it; just like a dynamo. So, peddling, going downhill, or even slowing down, refuels its power. One one charge, the bike can take you for some 50 miles at 20 mph. During this time, you can take a well-deserved rest, go uphill, and once conditions are more favorable for pedaling, you can start up again, all the while refueling the bike. You could go indefinitely this way.
During its Kickstarter campaign, the company was able to raise $1.2 million, even though its goal was of only $75,000. Now that it’s over, you can pre-order the wheel for $800. The delivery will come sometime in February 2017; just in time for you to take the bike out again.