Halfbike 3 Lets You Dance While Riding, Sort Of
Except it’s not exactly a bike, but a mix of several conceptsby Tudor Rus, on
Halfbike 3 is the prodigy of Martin and Mihail, two architects based in Sofia, Bulgaria. They started from the idea that humans are built and programmed genetically to move and spend their time outdoors, so that’s how this intricate, odd-looking hybrid came to exist. Oh, and its makers say it bridges the gap between man, machine, and dancing. We, however, think it’s best suited for short commuting distances and people who don’t have time to hit the treadmill daily.
What is a Halfbike?
Good question that. Essentially, it’s a Kickstarter-born thingamajig that when viewed from the side looks like a downsized bicycle of old - remember how the first ones had an excessively large front wheel and a much smaller one in the rear?
In a way, Halfbike is also a tricycle to some extent because the rear axle is host to two smaller wheels.
Thing is, you’ll have to adopt an upright position while riding as it has no seat and you’ll also need to use your whole body weight to steer. So there you have it: the Halfbike.
Halfbike 3 Design
The Halfbike didn’t always look like what you see in the pictures. Its road from idea to palpable product didn’t have any shortcuts, and it wasn’t a straight line either. The Halfbike 3, however, had to go through major changes to reach its current iteration.
Over time, it got lighter and more compact. It now has drum brakes, four gears, and a fancy Sturmey Archer wheel hub that allows it to roam all sorts of surfaces. Oh, and you can easily fold it and haul it in your car’s trunk or even take it with you in public transportation. Speed-wise, the Halfbike 3 can reach 13 mph (20 km/h), but that’s the cruising velocity - essentially, the harder you pedal, the faster you’ll go.
The swan-shaped frame is made of aerospace-grade aluminum and cut by laser. This is how they managed to keep it light (the whole thing tips the scales at 19.5 pounds or 9 kilos) and sturdy at the same time.
The crankset is also aluminum of the heavy-duty variety and uses a hollow axle, a setup that's typically encountered in downhill bikes.
How can I get my Halfbike?
Halfbike 3 is currently an ongoing Kickstarter campaign. A spectacular one, too. So far, it has received $317,041 of the $100,000 goal, so to get one you’ll have to pledge an amount of money. At the time of writing, $99 brought you a reservation spot, so think of it as a deposit, but prior to shipping, you’ll have to pay another $399 to get your Halfbike.
Pledge $449, and you’ll get your hands on a first production run. At the same time, $499 will secure a Halfbike from the third production run (aka Halfbike 3).
Halfbike 3 is shipped all over the world, and the first deliveries are set to reach customers in August 2019.
Halfbike 3 Specs
|Height||43 inches (109 cm)|
|Length||38 inches (95 cm)|
|Width||12 inches (29 cm)|
|Height (folded)||18 inches (46 cm)|
|Length (folded)||40 inches (100 cm)|
|Width (folded)||12 inches (29 cm)|
|Weight||19.5 pounds (9 kilos)|
|Max rider height||6 feet 5 inches (195 cm)|
|Min rider height||4 feet 11 inches (150 cm)|
|Max rider weight||210 pounds (95 kilos)|
|Front tire||18 inches|
|Rear tires||8 inches|