Suparerk K. - TH
I've always wanted to ride a bicycle since i could remember. Never succeeeded in being able to ride one. 42 years old now and I looked for something to get me in better shape. I've been recently diagnosed with hypertension, requiring two kinds of regular medicine to control the blood pressure. The COVID phenomena mandates people with good health to have better chance of surviving in case get infected. So, I looked up the internet to find some means of fun activity that I can start to keep my health up. a lot of things came up, until I found HB. Ordering one is not cheap at all considering large amount of taxes and transportation to be paid for. I looked up everywhere trying to find predecessors in Thailand that had any experience with the halfbikes. None. a few google results came up with chinese made HB machines which i presume to be replica of the first HB generation. So i took some courage and ordered one after seeing so many positive reviews of it. It took about two weeks to arrive by DHL. 2 hours assembly with no special tools. 3 days of balancing learning got me a little bruised at the ankles and knees. my initial physique allowed for only 1-2 km . distance ride per session. But the fun was already winning over the fatigue. I kept practicing more and more hoping to be able to balance nicely, turn sharply at any corners. after 2-3 weeks the efforts paid off with even more fun. I could finally make U-turn with only 2 meters wide road. more and more distance maximum I could reach. until I was at a point where I could ride average of 20 km. per day. my maximum distance of ride per one session was 33 km. 3 inches of waist decrease. 10 kg of body weight decrease. no more sleep troubles / snoring / sleep apnea. no more gastroesophageal refluxes. many new trips to the mall picking up new shapely clothings. walking up stairs ability 4-5 floors at a time is feasible and my legs felt strongest in my life. backpain from sit straining during surgery (I'm a surgeon) faded away and did not come back anymore now that my core muscles (front belly, waist, back muscles, shoulders, hips) are much stronger than before. my blood pressure levels are easily controlled and medicines lowered. all these thanks to the halfbike team wonderful creation and they provided supports at times I needed them.
4 days ago
Halfbike, particolare mezzo di trasporto comprensibile già dal nome si tratta di una bicicletta, ma ben diversa da quelle tradizionali; una particolare “bicicletta a metà”, a 3 ruote, curiosa, ma certamente utile per fare degli ottimi esercizi all’aria aperta. Questa strana 3 ruote, metà bici e metà monopattino, è un ibrido abbastanza strano: priva della sella, si usa pedalando in piedi; dotata non di 2 ruote come la bici ma di 3 per restare in equilibrio (due sono le posteriori, molto più piccole di quella anteriore), ha i pedali collegati con una catena alla ruota motrice anteriore, e il telaio è infatti destrutturato e sostituito da un corpo con profilo a “doppia esse” che si estende per tutta la lunghezza snodato in alluminio, quindi anche abbastanza leggera. L’ Halfbike si guida stando in piedi e per girare è necessario inclinarsi, in modo simile a quanto avviene con gli skateboard. A primo vista sembra un monopattino ma ha il manubrio fisso e in questo caso viene usato solo come appoggio per le mani. Un concept decisamente innovativo, non per tutti, ma sicuramente originale e di sicuro interesse per chi cerca un metodo alternativo per muoversi e fare ginnastica. Le capacità di chi la guida, infatti, sono importanti: Egli può e deve controllare il veicolo con tutto il corpo e non solo con le mani; pedalare in modo corretto su una Half Bike assomiglia più al movimento naturale del camminare che a quello di andare seduti in bici! Chi guida questa “bici a metà” muove, estende in continuazione un po’ tutto il corpo, mettendo in atto una serie di movimenti fluidi e allo stesso tempo intuitivi. Half Bike è compatta e leggera allo stesso tempo, facile da trasportare praticamente ovunque. Essendo ripiegabile è possibile portarla agevolmente a bordo dei mezzi di trasporto pubblici (anche in metropolitana), portandosela appresso in ufficio e parcheggiandola poi sotto la scrivania. Per chi usa l’auto, invece, una volta ripiegata, la bici entra facilmente nel bagagliaio anche di una piccola vettura. I suoi ‘inventori’ (la Start Up Kolelinia è stata fondata da Martin Angelov e Mihail Klenov), sono due giovani architetti, grandi esperti della mobilità urbana, con una chiara visione di come essa può essere vissuta nella società contemporanea. Martin e Mihail credo possano essere considerati la ‘punta di diamante’ di quella pattuglia di giovani che si dedica alla ricerca innovativa sui sistemi di trasporto alternativi. Bravi davvero! In Italia siamo in pochi ad averla ancora ci contiamo su un palmo della mano ma visto i risultati siamo in continua crescita...
1 week ago
Markku M. - FI
Learning to ride and using the halfbike to get to work and back home has been a really fun and interesting exprience. In a way, I've had to relearn how to ride a bike. Though there was and is some things that I needed and need to upgrade, so that riding the Halfbike would feel more comfortable and stable for me. One of the first things that came up, was the handle bar or more specifically the handles. Because the handles are so close together and just normal tube shaped without stoppers on the ends. During longer riding sessions, I found it difficult to control and hold on to. Thus, I switched the original handles to "L" shaped ones. This gave me a better feeling of control and removed the risk of my hands slipping. Another option would have been gloves but these I would've most likely forgot somewhere now and then. Another obstacle, which I haven't yet decided on. Is that I'm wondering should I buy stronger springs for the bike. The main reason is that because here in Finland we don't really have evenly flat walkways to ride on and in many occasions, when I would ride over the road. There would be a small sudden drop with an angle towards another direction I wouldn't be going in. You wouldn't feel this with a two wheel bike but because the Halfbike has three and two of them on the back. It feels like the bike wants to throw me off. I've learned to control this but I'm wondering would stronger springs help with this matter a bit. I've read the forums on this idea and I know the downsides of it also. The last problem I'm having is the pedals or I still need to adjust to this type of cycling. After riding for awhile I notice a uncomfortable tension under my feet. This might just be that my feet aren't used to this type of cycling yet or It could be the bikes pedals are to narrow for me and these need some development for me. Overall I'll still give full marks for this bike because it is fun, interesting and friendly for small modification to suit the riders needs better. Everyone is different and this requires different solutions to suit everyones needs. As long as the base is there and working then it's positive uphill from there.
4 weeks ago
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