Agustín Agustinoy wants to change the way we think about bicycles. Instead of bikes that are big, dumb, and bulky, he wants bikes that are sleek, smart, and individualistic. He argues that most bikes look old fashioned. Because they are not modern looking, people don’t feel as comfortable expressing their personality through them in the same way they do with a car. Oh, and if they fold and are electric, that is way cool, too!
Meet the Gi FlyBike folding electric bicycle. Agustinov says it has a range of 40 miles, assuming you are willing to do some of the work. It also folds in about a second so you can take it with you on the subway or carry up the elevator to work. When folded, you can lock it via an app on your smartphone. Later, you can unlock it remotely, give it a quick flip, and it will be ready to ride once more. If you want to let friends use it, just send an invite over the internet and they will be able to unlock the bike and ride it while you are busy doing other stuff.
The smartphone app lets you to track your ride, turn on the integrated lights, track the remaining range and remind you where you parked. If you lose your phone, a conventional key can also be used to unlock it. Agustinoy tells Fast Company that a major design focus of the FlyBike was to integrate many of the accessories people need for their commute right into the chassis of the bike itself.
The Gi FlyBike is available now on Kickstarter starting at $2,000. There are plenty of high-end conventional bikes that cost far more. Deliveries are expected to begin in July 2016. Get your order in early so you can hit the bike trails on the Cape next summer.