26 Apr '16, 10am

The GeoOrbital Wheel Let's You Make Your Bike Electric in Minutes

The first thing I notice about a bicycle retrofitted with an electric motor and battery within its front wheel is that it demands a light thumb. Touch the throttle lever on the handlebar a little too hard, and you lurch ahead. The second thing: I’m being watched. Even jaded New Yorkers, rushing by the IEEE Spectrum building, in downtown Manhattan, crane their necks to get a load of the bicycle and the bozo perched uneasily atop it. Nowadays, the only bike I ever mount is the stationary one in my gym. Which raises the question of which market this invention—the GeoOrbital Wheel —is meant to serve. Most cyclists are fitness buffs; why would they want a motor-assisted leg up? “Maybe you don’t want to arrive at the office covered in sweat,” suggests Michael Bartov, the founder of GeoOrbital, which is based in Cambridge, Mass. “And you always can put the original wheel back in ...

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