I bought my Halfbike in August 2020 after seeing it reviewed by the Youtuber Seth of Berm Peak, which I follow. Cycling is my exercise of choice and I love riding trails on my mountain bike. My job is to pilot a small corporate jet, and I had been thinking about getting a folding bike that could fit in the cargo compartment so I could do some riding while on the job. Corporate pilots spend a lot of time waiting at the destinations.
I have over 400 miles on my Halfbike now and I am very happy I got it. It was a fun challenge to learn how to ride it. And not just the basics but to get good at riding it fast, and riding it over uneven road surfaces, and confident enough on it to ride on a road with traffic. I like the change of pace of the upright riding posture, and you get a good core workout on it which is lacking on an ordinary bike.
The Halfbike has its limitations. It is very difficult to ride on gravel/dirt roads that are not graded smooth and hard packed. On climbs of around 10% gradient or more it seems the geometry of it makes it impossible to continue riding. It is also on average slower than an ordinary bike.
On a recent trip we flew to the Grand Canyon National Park airport. The Halfbike easily goes in the cargo compartment even with all the passenger’s luggage. There was no car rentals or shuttle available to go up the 7 miles to the canyon rim. I took the Halfbike to the canyon, along the rim road, and back again. It was a spectacular ride!