Compact enough to bring inside an elevator and light enough to carry upstairs, Halfbike is poised to revolutionize the daily commute. Designed as a hybrid between biking and running, Kolelinia designed a bike that taps into riders natural ability to move for an exhilarating experience. The stand-up-three-wheeled-handcrafted-vehicle is perfect for short distances and since it’s foldable, fits nicely on most public transportation.
Halfbike designers kept all the standard engineering found in a classic bike but connected the wheel to the crankset. The end result: a standing bike that requires a perfect combination of both balance and speed. Simply put, Halfbike is controlled using your entire body and not just your hands. Riders who have experienced Halfbike say, “it feels like you’re riding a bike for the first time – again.”
This is the first time you someone could challenge the cliché, “It’s just like riding a bike,” because, in all honesty, there’s a bit of a learning curve. But that’s what makes Halfbike so much fun to ride. It takes time and practice. According to the company, novice riders can figure out how to keep the bike straight in about 10-15 minutes. As for turning Halfbike, that is a different story and it does take some skill.
According to the company’s riding instructions, “The moment you step on either pedal the bike will start leaning to the same direction and you have to counteract using your bodyweight and handlebar.” At first glance, once would assume the three wheels in the back are enough for an optimal center of gravity. Not so much. Riders need to push off with one leg, work up some speed, and start shifting their weight while gently pushing on the handlebars. It takes a few days of practice to become a master Halfbike rider.
“Every single bike is delivered completely tuned up and tested as all components are not just attached to the frame but assembled by a person who cares.”
By all accounts, the Halfbike strikes the perfect balance between handmade craftsmanship and European technology. Whether it’s the aerospace grade aluminum frame, the water resistant beech plywood handlebars, or the Sturmey Archer 3-spec hub, you can rest assured that your Halfbike is constructed from high-end materials. Made from a combination of CAD/CAM technology, Halfbike was engineered to make the riding experience a memorable one.
Available in five different color combinations and supported by one 20″ Schwalbe-Crazy Bob tire in the front and two 8″ pneumatic tires in the back, the Halfbike will certainly turn some heads while you whip from side-to-side through the city streets. “Riding it mimics low impact style running” and is great for “bike-jogging.” If you’re someone who loves an adventure and wants to experience the “flying sensation” Halfbike has to offer, then it’s time to add this innovative vehicle to your recreational activities.