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This Wheel Could Turn Your Normal Bike into an Electric One

8 Jul 16  | Engineering |  Technology
Make Your Bike Electric-Powered in 60 seconds

Photo: Gadgette

So you want an electric bike, but love the bike you've already got? There is an answer - and apparently it only takes 60 seconds!

GeoOrbital have created a solution for all those cycling aficionados who really fancy the idea of a bike that takes on the pedaling when you need a bit of a break, but who don't want to ditch their current bike, or replace theirs with a perfectly good one at home in the shed. 

Basically a replacement wheel, the GeoOrbital Wheel slots into your bike in place of your existing front wheel, instantly transforming the bike into an electrically powered one, with a top speed of 20mph and a range - on one charge, that is - of between 20 and 50 miles. 

Created by a three-man team whose qualifications include time spent working with SpaceX, Ford and the Peace Corps, the GeoOrbital wheel underwent a funding round on Kickstarter this year with a goal of raising $75,000 USD. When the crowd-funding operation ended on June 15th, the team found themselves with an incredible total of $1,261,223 USD, from more than 1,600 backers. 

Some of the wheel's brilliant features include a USB port to keep your phone or, more importantly, bike lights charged, and an innovative flat-proof tire. Made of 'the latest hi-density foam technology, the tire acts and weighs the same as a traditional bike tire, but you will never get a flat!'

The wheel uses 'the highest quality Panasonic 36V removable Lithium-Ion battery', and its power can be topped up by pedalling to add extra speed and reduce strain on the battery. 

The GeoOrbital wheel has received rave reviews from a number of media publications, including TechCrunch, Forbes, Engadget and Popular Mechanics. PHOTO: Kickstarter

The wheel is compatible with 'nearly every bicycle', according to its creators, who say they tested it on 'hundreds of bikes of all different styles from all different eras.' The wheel comes in two sizes 'to cover over 95% of all adult sized bicycles. If your bike has a 26in, or 700c (also compatible with 28in and 29in) front wheel and uses rim brakes, the GeoOrbital wheel fits!' Sucks for those of us with disk brakes, but let's just hope they get on to that next!

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