Tom A. - GB
The halfbike is an intriguing thing as it neither a traditional bike or indeed a stepper or indeed a mono cycle. The more video I watched the more intrigued I became and was super keen to try it. Christmas was coming and do I had a word with Mrs Claus and she sanctioned the spend. To say 2019 was a Christmas like I was 10 would be an understatement. I received it month or so before the 25th December and decided to put it together and then try to resist trying it. That lasted a few days and then I just had to have a go. Only a little bit a few times and then I put it in my study and just kept looking at it. To start with it was super tricky to get going. Scooting it along and leaning over to opposite side to the pedal where your foot is is a good way to get it going. Its as hard to ride as a bike was the first time you ever tried and requires that interesting thing called balance which once you have figured it out is easy peezy but at first its not, just not at all. Some things mostly with an engine just require the go button and you are off but the multi tasking nature of HalfBike initially plays with your head but if you give it due consideration you will be rewarded. Its a thing thats been designed and made by thinkers so you have to think about it and then practice riding it. My chum Steve who races mountain bikes got it immediately and was riding up and down in no time, 10 minutes max. A bike to him is like part of his body and he understands the ebb and flow of the machine. Like anything in life stuff you have to work on a bit makes for the longevity of the experience. Like gybing a windsurf off the wind at full speed and getting round fully planning executing a tight turn on the halfbike is a feeling of joy and elation, I can do it now and it makes me smile more than cornering a conventional bike. I’m still not 100% with it in traffic, on potholed surfaces, or tight paths however its a blast on reasonably smooth surfaces, its super fun and I absolutely love it. Life is short, get one.
5 months ago
GB : Hello to halfbike 3 users After driving about ten kilometers with the halfbike 2 & 3 Here is my impression on these 2 very beautiful bikes : Halfbike 3, has a first-class manufacturing and assembly quality. It is a work of high quality, which leaves me really admiring. The halfbike 2 is a technician's bike, the halfbike 3 is an engineer's bike. The halfbike 3 is very accomplished, and apart from a twist grip, I don't see what could be better. I’m very proud to ride this bike. On the road, the 2 bikes are very different : The halfbike 2 is very stable, and its use is even relaxing. It is made for long journeys: 30Kms do not pose problems. It turns wide, and its use requires little effort. We feel good on it ! Halfbike 3 is the opposite! It’s a bomb ! He is very nervous, he starts fast, and his balance has to be done constantly. It has an exceptional rolling quality ! On flat ground, or on a small slope, it drives itself ! The 18' wheel and the tyre give a remarkable lightness ! It runs fast. It turns fast. It is very agile. It values the virtuosity of the pilot. We’re driving with halfbike 2. We’re flying Halfbike 3 ! For a beginner, the first contact will be more difficult with halfbike 3. New benchmarks are needed, as it reveals new possibilities that do not appear with halfbike 2. It’s more accurate, and the body has to adapt to this new ability. Halfbike 3 is a circuit and competition bike. It promotes piloting. Halfbike 2 is an everyday bike, stable and pleasant. It would be interesting to mount the rear wheels of halfbike 2 on the halfbike 3. It would surely make it less exclusive, and more stable ! Maybe we were losing driving pleasure. For me halfbike 3 is a real success. You have to raise your own level to enjoy it ! And despite the Coronavirus, it feels good to ride with these excellent bikes ! Bernard Strasbourg France Fr : Bonjour aux utilisateur du halfbike 3 Après avoir roulé une dizaine de kilomètres avec les halfbike 2 & 3 voici mon impression sur ces 2 très beau vélos : Le halfbike 3, a une qualité de fabrication et d’assemblage de premier ordre. C’est un travail de grande qualité, qui me laisse vraiment admiratif. Le halfbike 2 est un vélo de technicien, le halfbike 3 est un vélo d’ingénieur. Le halfbike 3 est très abouti, et à part une poignée tournante, je ne vois pas ce qu’on pourrait faire de mieux. Je suis très fier de rouler sur ce vélo. Sur la route, les 2 vélos sont très différents : Le halfbike 2 est très stable, et son utilisation est même reposante. Il est fait pour les long parcours : 30Kms ne posent pas de problèmes. Il tourne large, et son utilisation demande peu d’efforts. On se sent bien dessus ! Le halfbike 3 est à l’opposé ! C’est une bombe ! Il est très nerveux, il démarre vite, et son équilibre doit se faire en permanence. Il a une qualité de roulement exceptionnelle ! Sur terrain plat, ou en petite pente, il roule tout seul ! La roue de 18’ et le pneumatique donnent une légèreté remarquable ! Il roule vite. Il tourne vite. Il est très agile. Il valorise la virtuosité du pilote. On roule avec le halfbike 2. On pilote le halfbike 3 ! Pour un débutant, le premier contact sera plus difficile avec le halfbike 3. Il faut prendre de nouveaux repères, car il révèle de nouvelles possibilités qui n’apparaissent pas avec le halfbike 2. Il est plus précis, et le corps doit s’adapter à cette nouvelles capacités. Le halfbike 3 est un vélo de circuit et de compétition. Il valorise le pilotage. Le halfbike 2 est un vélo de tous les jours, stable et agréable. Il serait intéressant de monter les roues arrière du halfbike 2 sur le halfbike 3. ça le rendrait sûrement moins exclusif, et plus stable ! On perdait peut-être en agrément de pilotage. Pour moi le halfbike 3 est une vraie réussite. Il faut se augmenter son propre niveau, pour pouvoir en profiter ! Et malgré le CoronaVirus, ça fait du bien de rouler avec ces excellents vélos ! Bernard Strasbourg France
6 months ago
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