Gocycle G2, the ultimate boat bike?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    As for legality, the Gocycle meets the EU definition of an electrically assisted pedal cycle — “Cycles with pedal assistance which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor having a maximum continuous rated power of 0.25 kW, of which the output is progressively reduced and finally cut off as the vehicle reaches a speed of 25 km/h (16 mph) or if the cyclist stops pedaling” — and that seems to work well with U.S. federal and state laws.
    In Florida, for instance, it looks you don’t need a license or even a helmet as long as you’re over 16. In Maine you need “any class” of operator’s license but no registration or inspection. More here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle_laws#Federal_Laws_and_Regulations_Pertaining_to_the_Sale_of_Electric_Bicycles

  2. Butch Daqvis says:

    Nice little power bike, if you’re disabled or in your nineties.
    Do you really need any help pedaling a bicycle around the marina or to nearby stores? I have an old stainless steel and aluminum folding Dahon that gets the job done for a whole lot lower cost and provides some good exercise for a cruising person, too. It has a nice rear fender carrier (coaster) that will hold a milk crate with a bungee. It has full front and rear fenders and a chain guard. The fenders are nice when you have to go through puddles.
    I bought it at a BOAT/US store a few years ago on sale for small money.

  3. Kees says:

    Very nice, but $5000+ for a bike. Yikes. Maybe if you are super careful with them and don’t suffer any corrosion / nicks / … Let alone the pain when they get stolen.
    I’m still pretty happy with our pair of cheap aluminium built-by-Dahon folders. At their price of EUR 250 or so I can abuse them without feeling guilty so much.

  4. Brian Engle says:

    I recommend the Montague folding mountain bike. Although it folds up on itself and stores in a zippered bag, it doesn’t feel like a compromise. Pricing is realistic as well. I trolled craigslist in Seattle and got mine for about a fifth of the list price. I put road tires on it and have done as much as 50 miles in a day with no discernible difference between it and other mountain bikes in the non-exotic category. http://www.montaguebikes.com/paratrooper-folding-military-bike.html

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Butch, you might have more sympathy if you saw my hip xrays! These days I have a hard time just swinging one leg over my regular bike, so the step through design is much appreciated.
    I may get a new hip joint fairly soon, but I still think a good e-bike could provide more range and more fun. No denying, though, that the Gocycle is a luxury item…but at least not a sports car.
    I did find a detailed review done by a tech blog in Singapore:
    http://techielobang.com/blog/2013/05/06/hands-on-on-gocycle-g2r-and-group-trial-ride-video/
    It’s interesting that these bikes are being considered for alternate transportation and even delivery. Amazon is using cargo models in NYC:
    http://electricbikereport.com/e-bike-news-gocycle-amazon-bike-deliveries-fat-e-bikes-trikart-mid-drive-gearbox-more-videos/

  6. Butch Davis says:

    Ben,
    I fully understand and sympathize with the disability thing. I’m st an age where all my fishing buds are getting new hips and knees and glad to have them. My knees are about shot from too many years and miles of running. I prefer limping and manageable pain to surgery and a chance of MRSA. When the pain gets unmanageable I’ll risk the MRSA.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Ha. A friend sent along this 1933 video of his inventor uncle test driving the energy efficient Vest Pocket Cycle:
    http://www.havefunwithhistory.com/movies/pocketCycle.html
    Butch, thanks for warning me about “methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus”…I think.

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