A bicycle is a pretty basic mode of transport. And this is precisely many people love it, it’s simple and there’s not much cash involved either. That, and you stay fit. So there are no downsides to bicycling, other than the fact that it can get pretty tiring and you can get sweaty quickly. That’s a reason why many will be forced to use a fuel-burning form of transport. Fortunately though, we now have the Copenhagen wheel. And it might just be what bicyclists have been wanting.
The Copenhagen wheel is basically an assisting motor that attaches itself to the rear wheel of your bicycle. After that it just sits there unobtrusively, helping power your bicycle when or until you reach a certain threshold of speed. The best thing about this wheel is that it can be retrofitted to virtually any bicycle out there, so can you just bolt this onto your favorite bicycle. It’s extremely light, so you won’t have to deal with any additional bulk either. Most of that weight is made up by the lithium ion batteries that the Copenhagen wheel houses.
These help power the electric motor that will be assisting you on your bike journeys. The wheel is linked to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so you can tweak the power assist settings to your liking. The wheel is also quite practical in that it offers a range of nearly 50 kilometers before going flat. That should be more than enough for a bicyclist’s average daily commute. On the other hand, it takes 4 hours to charge the batteries to full capacity. So on average, you’d be charging this after every other day.
The Copenhagen wheel is quite a brilliant piece of hardware, that brings modern technology to all bicycles out there. You don’t have to be exhausted every time you ride your bicycle now, the Copenhagen wheel will do the heavy lifting while you enjoy the passive benefits of bicycling. The Copenhagen wheel is currently on pre-order at a price of $799.99. Deliveries will start somewhere around Summer 2014.