How can ebikes help?
We're often asked if riding an ebike isn't just lazy, but we couldn't disagree more. We wanted to build an ebike the moment we test rode one, not because we don't like pedalling, but because speeding around on a bike that makes you feel like an Olympic athlete is just plain fun. Once we realised that this would also mean that we could cycle around town without ever having to worry about being sweaty and dishevelled again, we knew that this was a great idea. Victoria Pendleton, one of the UK’s most successful Olympic cyclists and certainly not a lazy pedaller, is so convinced of the benefits of ebikes that she launched her own range in 2016.
As great as it is to have more control over how you ride, having an ebike that is light and compact enough to carry around is also a huge advantage for taking it on public transport during longer trips, and for making it easier to take inside for safekeeping and charging.
As those who follow ebikes already know, a number of folding ebikes already claim to do this. But we do not feel that any of them have quite cracked the problem. Many, at over 20kg, are simply too heavy to be practical. Those that do get the weight down tend to charge a lot for shedding a few kilos. Nor are they all true folders: most have relatively simple folds like collapsible handlebars or a hinge to fold the frame in half. This leaves the folded ebike about the size and weight of an airline check-in bag, not something that would be practical to take out and deal with every day.
What are we doing about it?
Our aim when starting this project was to build an ebike that was more like the size and weight of an airline carry-on bag. In other words, something that could be taken on the train between cities, ridden home from the station, carried up a few flights of stairs and then tucked away in a cupboard for safekeeping, all while smoothing out the ride by boosting the effort that you put in.
If we can build a bike that gets more people cycling then we can contribute in a small way to making cities more liveable and our customers healthier. That’s what motivates us as a team.
We can’t wait to share the bike with you. Watch this space!
[Edit: Hinton Bikes was renamed Flit in October 2018 - links have been redirected to the new website: www.flit.bike]