A few years ago, I did a review on the A Bike, called “The Smallest Folding Bike In The World”.
At the time I was riding a Brompton folding bicycle on a round trip of 5 miles, each day for work. While the Brompton rides exceptionally well, there were many times it was tough to fit it onto a crowded bus.
One day while standing on my ride home on the bus, I thought there had to be a better way. After extensive research, I discovered the A Bike.
After discovering the A Bike, I looked all over, until I finally found one on Amazon, and gave it a try. Within a few weeks I became a huge fan of it’s compact size while folded. And it’s incredible light weight for carrying.
This urged me to write a comment on Youtube, telling others what I thought about this tiny, lightweight bicycle.
Recently, someone who saw that comment on Youtube asked me where they can buy an A Bike in the electric version.
History of the A Bike
Before I tell you where you can buy the A Bike, let me first tell you a little bit about it’s history.
Clive Sinclair released this folding bicycle in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2006. This tiny bike was designed by Hong Kong design agency Daka, in collaboration with Sinclair research.
After a period of 5-years to develop, it was announced to the public in 2004.
Why did Clive Sinclair develop this bicycle?
Clive Sinclair envisioned this bike, and Kalogroulis was the main designer. It was created to be used as the “last mile” solution.
The “last mile” is when public transportation will bring you most of the way to your desired destination. But won’t bring you exactly to your job or home. This problem then requires you to walk, take a taxi or bus, or ride a bike to finish the rest of your commute.
My experience with this tiny bike
Everyone knows that I love the Brompton and Tern folding bikes for their amazing ride quality. The problem is that the bus stop from my house is too close to unfold them, and ride them to.
With this tiny bicycle with 8-inch wheels, and a weight of only 14 lbs, I could easily carry it to the bus stop. Than after boarding the bus, could easily fit it anywhere with folded dimensions of (21 x 40 x 70 cm). No more having to stand when the bus was crowded. I could fit this tiny bicycle in between the smallest gaps in seats.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the original 6-inch version that weighed 14 lbs, with a smaller folded size of (67 x 30 x 16 cm). Instead, I has to use the City version with 8-inch wheels, introduced in 2010.
Then came the electric version
In 2015, the electric version came along, which is the one that was asked about on Youtube. The question was, where can you buy the electric version?
As everyone knows, the original version of this tiny bicycle is no longer available in the United Kingdom or Hong Kong.
About 5 years ago, they came out with an electric version that has a lot of new upgrades and features.
Let’s see what’s new with this compact bicycle
Distance: 15 mi (25 km)
Battery: 138 w/h 24 V 5.8 Ah
Battery recharge: 2.5 hours
Speed Limit: 12.5 mph (20 km/h)
Registration: Pedelec (Class 1)
Weight: 26 lbs (12 kg)
Dimensions (Folded): 21 x 40 x 70 (cm)
Weight Allowance: Suitable for riders up to 100 kg (220 lbs)
Easy to Adjust Seat
The durable quick release bike seat clamp means you can easily personalise the height for different riders. It’s really convenient for when you’re on the go and want to make the A-Bike Electric even more compact.
Dual chain-drive and brushless motor
You might think that having smaller wheels requires more effort but their engineering means a normal and easy pedalling action. The dual chain drive has been optimised so that the rate of pedalling matches the rate the wheels turn, this makes riding A-Bike Electric feel like riding any other bike.
The brushless motor optimally housed in the front wheel gives your legs an easier ride. Start pedalling and feel the bike do the work for you. Clever sensors detect when you’re slowing down, on a hill for example, and automatically provide more power assistance when you need it.
Simple but clever battery
The red power button has a simple one click action to turn on or off the electric motor so you can choose when you want power assistance. Four LEDs display how much power you have left so you know how far you can go before needing to recharge. You don’t need any special tools to take off the battery, the quick release strap means you can conveniently remove it for hassle free charging.
The lightweight detachable quick charge 24V battery can take you up to 15 miles (25 km) which makes it great for both commuters and joyriders. Powering up for your next ride is simple. Leave the battery in the bike, or if you prefer take it out to charge somewhere else. There’s no need to worry if the battery runs out as you can always still ride it like a normal bike.
I think it’s a great idea and feels solid, easy to use and very well designed”
Shim Smilansky, Product Designer at Mint digital, London
The A-Bike Electric realy fulfils the promise of the original A-Bike – still super-compact, light and fun, but now also fast and effortless to ride”
Garry Lancaster, Original A-Bike rider, Somerset
A potential twenty minute walk from Kings Cross to Exmouth Market turned into a 5 minute ride – I like!”
Sophie Broadwell, 32, London
What surprised me is that it performs very much like any other electric bike; the same power and speed from something much smaller and lighter is and impressive feat”
John Bennett, Strategy Planner, London
Brilliant at how the boost kicked in so quickly, couldn’t stop smiling!”
Martyn Jarrett, 27, Kent
Absolutely brilliant. Love it to death!”
Izzy Turner, 14, London
Where to buy:
I’m not sure if they still sell this tiny electric bike, but to find out more and to contact them, you can visit their Website.
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