New things come out all the time on Kickstarter. But every once in awhile, you’ll come across an idea that’s absolutely genius.
One project in particular has recently gained a lot of viral attention, for good reason:
The GeoOrbital Wheel offers a new, easy way to instantly add electric power to any old bike.
The wheel reaches a full speed of 20 miles an hour in only six seconds (or less). And that’s without pedaling – so you won’t even break a sweat.
It takes less than a minute to put on.
And doesn’t require any tools.
The design is simple, yet revolutionary:
The only part that isn’t inside the wheel is the throttle. This small control panel can easily be clipped right onto your handlebar.
And you won’t need to worry about getting a flat tire, or checking tire pressure.
The tires are made with a flat-proof solid foam – so even though they look and weigh about the same as a regular tire – they’re much more reliable.
And they work with almost every kind of bicycle.
The makers tested them on hundreds of various bikes, old and new. They came to the conclusion that two sizes will work with more than 95% of adult-sized models.
The wheel goes on the front end, for a few reasons. It’s easier to install that way, and allows you to have an all-wheel-drive (which makes your bike easier to control on slippery roads).
If your bike has a 26 inch, or 700C (which also works with 28 inch and 29 inch) front wheel and it uses rim brakes – the GeoOrbital should fit.
Could you imagine zipping around the RV park with these?
The wheels come with Panasonic 36 V removable Lithium-Ion batteries. They have a pedal-assisted range of about 50 miles per-battery (or up to a 30-mile range for the 26-inch).
It takes about 4 hours to recharge them all the way.
You can go up to 20 miles on just one battery (or 12 miles for the smaller wheel) without even pedaling once. The more you pedal, though, the more range you’ll be able to get. And you can always take a spare one with you, just in case.
Make errands and sightseeing more enjoyable!
You can forget about all of that annoying traffic, parking, and waiting for the shuttle (which always manages to be late).
Additionally, the wheels even have a USB outlet so you’ll be able to charge your phone, bike lights, or even a speaker to listen to some tunes.
But how safe are they?
These new wheels have been in development for years. The team has gone through five different prototypes, each having been tested thoroughly.
Even if the battery dies, you won’t be completely stranded. You can always pedal like you would on any normal bike.
Bikes are one of the most common things to get stolen already. How do I prevent someone from taking my wheel?
The wheel itself can easily be secured using regular old bike locks. The battery will lock to the wheel with the same key that turns the wheel on. But since they can easily be installed or uninstalled in less than a minute, you can always just take it with you.
Want one for yourself? Check them out on their Kickstarter.
They’ll be shipping within 6 months after the campaign is over (which ends June 15, 2016).
Here’s a closer look:
What do you think? Would you love to have one of these new electric wheels for your bike?