OneBike: a folding electric and exercise bike

By Owen Coutts | Thursday, August 4, 2011 1.37pm

The OneBike is a concept bike that combines two pedal powered activities into one: a stationary/exercise bike, as you might ride in a spin class, which once folded out from its cradle is an electric bike.

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The idea is that while riding the bike in its cradle you’re charging up the battery ready to buzz round town when the bike is in e-bike mode. There’s no details on how long you’ve got to ride to fully charge the batteries, but with no additional power needed, the bike should be greener than a standard e-bike.

At the moment it’s a concept designed by Byoung-soo Choi and Jun-kyeong Ki from Hoseo Univerity, Korea, and it's just won a 2011 Spark Concept Design Award silver prize.

Can it work in reality? Getting the power from the pedals to turn the wheels is going to be a challenge, and we'd want to see a safe way of steering and braking. We'll leave that to the engineers...

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