Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 5 Nov 2010.
I don't want to be in my car stuck behind groups of 14 year olds while they 'electric' up a steep hill.
The problem with this (and the C5) is that it looks like something knocked together in some guy's shed. At least the Segway manages to look half-way stylish.
No mention of a top speed either, so I'm guessing it's not great. Also, when you have to stop at traffic lights, how do you stop the thing from falling over?
Still, I'm impressed he managed to find some time off from his 34-year-old wife to be able to design this
It was a joke in 1985, it'll be a joke in 2011. As Flibblebot says, he should stick to riding blondes!
Could be quicker than my current bike, in keep me dry in the rain...
What am I talking about!? I'll drive if it rains, and use a real bike if it doesn't. Cheers anyway Clive!
how do you stop anyway? won't it fall over? seems a long way to stick your leg across and down to the road!
15mph was the fasted speed for a motorised vehicle without a driving licence in the days of the C5 and I can't imagine it's changed.
Doomed to FAIL!
Given how easy it is to exceed 15mph on a bicycle, I fail to see the point of the motor. Anyone going long distances on country roads will drive or cycle, and the design looks impractical for navigating a city... I know I wouldn't want to take on a busy London junction in one of those. I guess for the few who are lazy and have a 5-10 mile regular commute on open, non-busy roads it'll be great.
why buy this instead of fitting an electric motor to your bike?
it's two rear wheel just designed to be wide enough to block traffic. thanks again, for a doomed product.
i'm guessing it weights 35 - 40 kg
thats too much for pedalling long distance (10 miles) without motor assist. (i pedal 100kg tricycles and it sucks).
190w isnt that much - about 1/2 what a typical (enthusiast is 800w) cyclist outputs and thats before we get into efficiency issues.
at only £600 - thats not much for a lot of kit. I'd like to buy 2, get rid of all that cage stuff and mod them into a fast pedal go-cart. perfect for a 14yr old
meh, I'd rather have it sitting up like a bicycle
The C5 was way ahead of it's time and is still an iconic piece of kit - the target market is only now coming to fruition as well as the battery technology to drive it.
Kudos and respect to Sir Clive - I hope it delivers what the target market needs, this guy deserves more recognition and success for his efforts.
Back in about 1993 / 94 I had a friend of the family who owned a lot of tech, including a C5. I got to try it. It was rubbish.
Isn't this just another take on a pensioners mobility scooter?
I guess the Darwinians look after themselves these days ....
I think it looks awesome, I hope it all works out. I have fond memories of driving the C5 when I was a kid.
Frankenfurter founded Acorn!? WTF! And I thought it was Chris Curry...
Of very little use to anyone really, same width as a motorbike or scooter but with none of the speed or agility, none of the protection or practicality of a car.
Any extra assistance provided by the motor will no doubt be counteracted by the extra weight of the motor, battery, large frame, big seat and shell.
14 year olds wont use it because it's too expensive to buy in the first place and it looks crap, even if they did they'd be unbelievably dangerous on them on the roads.
None of the health benefits, fun of being able to "nip through a tiny gap" of normal cycles.
So who the hell is this thing aimed at?
(cough, cough) 800w!!! I want to meet these 'enthusiasts' - I'm about to setup a pro-team
Is Lady Clair Sinclive trying to use up the remaining stocks of parts for the Zike (the 2nd or was it his 3rd electric bike failure) ?
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