The race to remove exercise from cycling is on. Last year we brought news of the Copenhagen Wheel, a rear wheel that turns your bike into an e-bike.
But if your bicycle of choice happens to belong to one of the many bike sharing schemes sprouting up all over the world, then you may now be in luck—for a price.
The ShareRoller is a briefcase-shaped e-bike converter made to fit the standard bikes used by bike shares in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities, according to a Kickstarter campaign launched by its inventor Jeff Guida.
The 6- to 7-pound device clips onto the front of the bike, and a motor-powered friction roller drops down to power the front wheel. The device is controlled by a clip-on throttle (see below) and its inventor says it can propel a rider at speeds up to 18 miles per hour without pedaling and last for 12 to 20 miles of travel. It’s powered by a rechargeable lithium battery and—a bonus—has built-in headlights.
If this suddenly makes bike sharing sound more attractive, you might want to wait until you see the price tag. A $995 pledge on Kickstarter (the goal: $100,000) will get you a ShareRoller from the first production run, slated for this summer. The retail price will be approximately $1350.
Guida claims via the Kickstarter page that the ShareRoller is nearly production-ready, and beta versions will ship as soon as April. However, there appears to be no third-party verification that the device works as advertised.
Better get that one worked out, guys.