Halfbike Sort of Reinvents the Wheel, Will Awake Your Natural Instinct to Move

Halfbike 9 photos
Photo: Kolelinia on Kickstarter
Apart from the core driving mechanism of a classical bicycle, which is a wheel connected to a crankset, Bulgarian start-up Kolelinia claims their new bike is nothing like...well, a bicycle. It’s a three-wheeler that trains the rider’s balance and reflexes in a completely new way, allegedly affecting the way one perceives movement while enhancing their senses.
With the Halfbike you are turning into some sort of a standing rider while using it is supposed to bring you closer to natural walking. The key to controlling this peculiar vehicle is to use your entire body, not just your hands. Its creators claim the tricycle can be used for commuting, exercise or simple recreation.

New experiences ask for new learning, at least that seems to be the case with this device since Kolelinia claims one needs to start from scratch to actually be able to use it. Other than that little detail (which is quite important if you ask us), Halfbike is both compact and light. And since it's also foldable it should fit barely anywhere from the trunk of a small car to under your desk.

And to prove that they mean business, the Bulgarians clearly state they are not trying to convince anybody to throw their old two-wheeler away since Halfbike is a total different thing. The frame is made of both aluminum and plywood while most of the other components are “meticulously selected and tested high-end bicycle parts which come from a range of well-renowned manufacturers.”

The company - founded by Martin Angelov and Mihail Klenov, two architects sharing a vision about urban mobility - is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Considering they have already passed their original goal, we’ll assume the tricycle will soon reach the market. For 600 bucks, which is what the retail price is estimated at, we might get one for ourselves.

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