Last year, architects Mihail Klenov and Martin Angelov introduced the world to their Halfbike. Its quirkiness apparently struck a chord with a lot of people, as it was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Now, they're raising funds for the new-and-improved Halfbike II.
Like its predecessor, the Halfbike II keeps the rider in a standing position, with their pedaling motion driving the front wheel via a chain. Steering is managed through the two tiny rear wheels, which pivot as the rider shifts their weight. The back wheels also contain the trike's single brake.
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One of the things that made the original Halfbike particularly weird, however, was its vertical broomstick-like handlebar. On the Halfbike II, that's been replaced with a more traditional horizontal bar – albeit a very narrow one. That bar and the plywood section that it's mounted on fold down against the trike's aluminum frame for storage.
Additionally, the Halfbike II has a much more curved, organic shape than the first one.
The whole trike tips the scales at 18 lb (8.2 kg). A pledge of US$349 will currently get you one, when and if they reach production. The planned retail price is $599.
You can see the Halfbike II in action, in the following video. Should you be interested in another take on a little folding stand-up bike, check out the Occam Cycle.