Friday, January 27, 2017

Chinese GPS enabled public bike update

In August I wrote about the really cool Chinese GPS enabled public bikes MoBike – well since then there have been a few developments.

First, Mobike backpedaled on their super-unique industrial design and made something that looks more familiar like a bike. The bike is lighter made from normal metal tubes instead of what appeared to be solid aluminum in the old design. The wheels are light with normal spokes, and instead of solid rubber tires, they tires have these little air-holes in them to add some bounce.

One particularly cool development is that rather than a hub-mounted generator - they use a solar panel integrated into the new basket.

 For reference, this was the old mobike design.

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