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Londoners Embrace Clectric Commuter Bike

Londoners Embrace Clectric Commuter Bike

Gocycle Full Review

Gocycle Full Review

London, England — Every big city has its union problems. Depending on which union goes on strike, it can bring traffic in London to a stand-still. No buses. No underground trains. The solution? Commuting via an electric bike. THe latest entry in the E-bike offerings is Richard Thorpe’s British-made GoCycle.

Thorpe, a former design engineer for McLaren, has a specialist knowledge of carbon-fibre composite components. Since carbon fibre is too expensive for the mass market, Thorpe used a new technique of injection moulding magnesium called Thixomoulding, which is more commonly used for mobile phone and laptop casings.

VBy doing so, the cost of the GoCycle was cut to a fifth of the carbon-fibre equivalent. Thorpe invested in bespoke robotic tooling and conduct a global search for investors and suppliers.( His search for strategic partners has not borne fruit, however. )

The first few thousand bikes have now been produced by two companies in Britain and the initial reception has been positive – the GoCycle ranked in the top five new products in April’s (2009) Gadget Show.

The price is £1,158 online. Thorpe’s company, Karbon Kinetics Limited, has set up a government-approved tax-free “cycle to work scheme”, which lowers the price to £599. This offer is contingent on your employer signing up for the program.

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London Debut Of The Gocycle

London Debut Of The Gocycle

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London, England — The new Gocycle, an electric motor powered commuter bike has just launched in England.

The company was founded by former McLaren design engineer Richard Thorpe.

The Gocycle has a white moulded magnesium composite frame, which houses the battery and chain, and this stands out out from the mass of racing, touring and mountain bikes buzzing along London’s roads (in particular duing a tube strike).

The idea has a lightweight motor that helps the rider along, rather than being the main source of momentum. It can manage around 15mph by itself, but select third gear (there are only three) and peddle a bit and it will really move. The rider can top hills with ease.

One flaw of the bike is that there is no power display to tell you the status of the rechargeable battery.

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