A two-wheeled vehicle without pedals is a vehicle that kicks the ground with your feet. It is often used by children when practicing bicycles.
But some people are thinking of turning the pedalless motorcycle into a commuter vehicle. New Zealand inventor / entrepreneur Tom Mackenzie. Mackenzie has developed a commuter running bike "Levicle".
"Levicle" is a vehicle that aims to take advantage of bicycles and kickboards. The lightness and simplicity of the structure are similar to those of a kickboard, and the handles, brakes, and saddle are similar to those of a bicycle. The kickboard is difficult to drive for long periods of time, but the Levicle has large front wheels and saddles that allow it to travel long distances. Also, because the tires are larger than the kickboard, it is easy to get over steps.
The speed is faster than most people would imagine from its appearance. In addition, it seems that you can enjoy a mysterious "floating feeling" that you can not taste with other vehicles. The "floating feeling" is said to be close to the feeling of driving in a supermarket shopping cart.
Almost no maintenance required. Since there is no chain, the chain will not come off during commuting and you will not be late for work, or the hem of your suit pants will not be soiled with oil.
It measures 72x36x19 cm when folded and weighs 5 kg. Not only is it easy to store in your room or office, but it's also easy to carry in a carry bag. This will be a big plus for commuters who often change buses and trains.
If "Levicle" really hits, the appearance of a business person commuting with his feet fluttering may become the usual New Zealand morning landscape. I don't think that's the case, but if it does, it will be an important tourism resource for New Zealand.
Tom Mackenzie is currently looking for investors on the crowdfunding site kickstarter for the commercialization of "Levicle". At the time of writing, one "Levicle" is available with a $ 133 investment. The amount available will increase as the campaign progresses, with a retail price of US $ 240 after the campaign ends. It also supports delivery to Japan, and the shipping fee is free. The shipment is scheduled to start in February 2016.
In addition, since the crank is not attached to "Levicle", it is considered that it is classified as a playset instead of a bicycle in Japan. Please note that you are probably not allowed to drive on public roads.