Over half of the world’s population currently lives in an urban center. With that figure rapidly on the rise, it’s certain that city dwellers are going to have to continue battling with the growing number of vehicles on their cities’ outdated transportation arteries. Although bicycling has become an important facet of city life and a preferred form of transportation in cities around the world, up until now, this commuting mode has also been somewhat impractical as most of our destinations, be they work or socially oriented, do not provide the much needed showers, lockers or storage that we would love to see after pedaling furiously through our cities’ streets.
Exerting our energy whilst tackling the steep hills of San Francisco or travelling from uptown to downtown New York is a long strenuous task requiring constant pedalling, stopping and accelerating – all exertions that make us sweaty and tired. Now, these arduous (and odorous) experiences may very well be a thing of the past as the team at FlyKly, led by Niko Klansek and Jurij Lozic, have developed a lightweight and highly efficient all-in-one pedal assist that fits onto practically any bicycle. Now zipping along any busy city street in style, exerting the least amount of energy and not breaking into a sweat are all a reality with the help of FlyKly Smart Wheel. The team’s newly designed pedal assist system encases an ultra-thin electric motor and intelligent electronics within a robust housing that neatly fits onto any bicycle frame and it promises to make travelling by bicycle more attractive than ever before.
The process is simple. Just buy the appropriate size, remove your rear wheel and replace it with the FlyKly Smart Wheel. As you begin to pedal, the motor is activated and begins accelerating to your desired speed (the motor also stops when you stop pedalling). This allows you to ride your bike effortlessly; you’re travelling faster, saving you not only time - but energy too. The team at FlyKly has also added further features. For instance, you can remotely lock your motor and track in the event that your bicycle is stolen. Then there’s the new Smart Light which safely holds your phone in place as you ride (it also ingeniously recharges it along the way) as well as the FlyKly app which allows you to control and monitor the Smart Wheel. Available for iOS, Android and Pebble Watch, the app also reaches out to a wide audience who can study your cycling habits and suggest the most time efficient, safest and most attractive routes. Cruise control is also available as the speed you travel at is set, allowing you to focus on the traffic and the surrounding scenery. With speeds of up to 20 mph/25km/h and a recharge time of 2-3 hours, the FlyKly Smart Wheel will inevitably help users really change their life and the environment through transportation that is both sustainable as well as practical.
The FlyKly Smart Wheel may very well be the solution to everyday urban travel, enabling cycling to finally reach its potential. And at Yatzer, we expect a huge amount of early adopters to shift the paradigm of city transportation through its use. As city dwellers spanning London, Athens, New York City and beyond, we’re pretty certain that this wheel and its accessories will change our lives by saving us time and energy, enhancing our lifestyle as a result.
The FlyKly Smart Wheel is so ingenious that its Kickstarter campaign met its goal within the space of just two days. Check it out for more detailed information.