Today is a day to appreciate electric bikes.
Speaking of electric bikes, one of those Where Are They Now? electric bikes has reemerged in the last few days - the Vanmoof. (Man, that's fun to say!)
When I first saw articles about the Vanmoof, I had a lot of pre-conceived notions, a few of which are proving to be wrong. First, I thought gorgeous + European + shipping to the States = there's no way us mere mortals can afford this one. Second, I thought it didn't matter because we will probably never see it in the States anyway. Yep, I was wrong.
The Vanmoof is available for pre-order now with a June (of 2016!) shipping date. It's priced at $3000 (cheaper than a bike I hold in similar esteem - the Faraday Porteur) but it has a $1000 discount if you pre-order. And shipping to the States is only $120. Did I mention that the thing is simple and gorgeous? Did I mention the built-in lights and lock? Or the battery pack that is contained within the frame? That it only weighs 40 pounds? That it has a (pedal-assisted) range of 30-70 miles? Are you starting to see the long list of virtues contained within this really nice package?
May we continue to see this kind of e-bike evolution - more beautiful, more functional, and (a little) more affordable!
How about you, dear reader? What do you think of the Vanmoof?