City cycling made easy: How to turn your old bike into an electric one in under a minute

2017-03-28 13:05 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Like most iconic destinations, South Africa is a country made up of many interesting urban spaces that are ideal for exploring on bicycle. 

It's a known trend that urban cycling is on the rise, as many key cities look to greener commuting solutions and travellers opt for healthier choices. Added to this cities around the world are adapting their bicycle lanes to make them safer, thereby fostering a growing cycling community. 

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In fact, Cape Town is one of the world’s top cities when it comes to urban cycling paths - over and above the cycle paths that's been installed in the CBD, there's a cycle route out to Milnerton along the MyCiti Cycle Route. This is an 8km ride, which ends at Woodbridge Island.

SEE: Cape Town aims to become bicycling super city

Joburg and Durban too with the rise of group urban cycling event such as the moonlight mass.

Which is what makes this new product, that literally transforms your regular bike into an electric version in a matter of seconds is just what city dwellers and urban hipsters need.  

SEE: PICS: Don't you WISH you were part of the suave Joburg cycling scene?

How you may be asking? Through the UrbanX Electric Wheel - made from aircraft-grade aluminium - and said to be "world’s most economic electric bike solution".

The developers hope to turn anyone’s road bike into a motorized commuting dream through this motorised front wheel, which replaces your old - and gives outdoor lovers a range of 48km or 30 miles and can reach speeds of up to 32km/p or 20m/ph.

It comes in two models, with Bluetooth connectivity and a companion Android or iOS app, allowing riders to keep tabs on their riding status with data updates pertaining to battery life, distance and speed tracking, a riding map, and speed levels. You can also use the app to set your wheel’s pedal assist level to low, medium, or high.

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"An electric wheel saves customers money, saves our business on shipping and handling costs, and saves valuable resources and energy for our planet by cutting down on commuters in cars and other fossil fuel-based transportation," writes Kickster.

The original Kickstarter crowdfunding goal for UrbanX saw the company aim to raise $50,000 capital (R 643,092,00) and it has since far surpassed that to over $250,000 (R3 219 361).

According to their Facebook page - an early-bird price for  $299 (about R 3 851 at R12.86/$) or the Booster for $399 (R5 139).

The smart wheels are expected to ship globally in June or July.

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