Do you see a lot that I love urban mobility solutions based on bikes and quadricycles? Yes true? Yet many people don't prefer e-bikes to cars for short-distance commuting. I can't blame anyone, actually bikes don't protect cyclists from rain or snow.
This is why I go hunting for things that allow you to combine the lightness and sustainability of the hard-wheeled vehicle with greater coverage. Sun, rain, snow. Remember BikerTop, the bike cover? I talked about it here. Well, I found better: this time the coverage is total, and smooth.
AllWeatherBike: I present to you the "convertible" bike with a sliding roof
A German cyclist and entrepreneur, Tom Eisner, presented a new convertible bike. Its name says it all: AllWeatherBike, or AWB. Its peculiarity? A specially designed sliding weather guard that covers the bike in virtually any weather. Conceived as a large car replacement on short and commuter routes, this e-bike features a metal frame that incorporates a sliding plastic cover that can be raised in 3 seconds, and retracted in good weather.
I do first to show it to you than to introduce it again.
AWB's aluminum frame incorporates two curved beams that arch on both sides, leaving the rider free to enjoy the wind when the weather conditions are favorable. When it rains, the sliding, transparent and resistant protective film is positioned just like a roller shutter or a sunshade. It takes three seconds and it's in place.
When the rain stops, the retractable cover returns to its housing. Easier than that you die. I like very much. The legs are also protected by a very light panel integrated into the frame.
Not just covered
In terms of movement, the AllWeatherBike is equipped with a Bosch central motor and two 750 Wh Bosch Intube batteries that offer a range of over 100 km (62 miles).
In addition to the sliding rain cover, the AllWeatherBike features a Gates belt drive for minimal maintenance, disc brakes and a weather-protected front luggage rack (which could be replaced by a child seat). What else? Ah, yes: rear rack, kickstand and mudguards.
Enough, period. It is no wider than a normal bicycle, so it can be used anywhere, including cycle paths and pedestrian areas. The AWB is patent pending in Germany and Europe.