11 months ago
I'm evaluating the possibility to commute with a halfbike but I have found no comments regrading going up and down a sidewalk or how better to avoid impact when finding level changes or small steps or gaps on your way. Of course the bigger and wider the wheel, the better, but I assume you have thought about how your device absorbs shocks? Can you share that info? Are the wheels the only shock absorbers or also the structure has the flexibility to absorbs part of the impacts? Otherwise I don't see how can this be safe for the riders' joints, specially the knees. I don't see you offer any alternative wheels or tires. Maybe you have already sort this out in the best way possible? When adding sealer to the tires' inner tubes, does this help to absorb impacts or it makes it more rigid? Can you tell how low is the closest metal part to the floor?
(halfbiker) 11 months ago
Hi there, We can tell from experience that the Halfbike is great for inclines up to 8%. Here you can learn more about it halfbikes.com/how-does-the-halfbike-perform-up-hill Going downhill is quite fun on the Halfbike, but it should be done with great caution, especially when just starting. We'd advise going slow and see how it goes. Since there is not particular shock absorption on the Halfbike (it is a city child), you'll need to keep you hands relaxed on the handlebar, that way they act as sort of absorbers to the sides and can help you get through uneven terrain. This comes with practice and you'll feel getting more and more relaxed on it. The liquid sealant greatly reduces the risk of punctures (does not eliminate it completely) and that's the only thing it is used for. Here you can see a video of the rider braking at full speed youtu.be/JrXHbh58oAQ Here you can read a bit more of what you can expect from the learning curve and process www.halfbikes.com/learning If you're interested in a test-ride, you can check on our map for ambassadors close to you and contact them directly www.halfbikes.com/playground
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