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I finally got my Half-Bike yesterday - I have been waiting for it for more than 6 months so I was pretty excited.

** What is it?
It’s a different, new type of bike with a larger front wheel and two small back wheels. It’s a new concept developed by http://halfbikes.com/ which run a kickstarter campain at the beginning of 2015.

** The packaging
The bike came in a cardboard box which although being quite large, I could carry on my own from the basement up to the office. The packaging was not the best and the box had a couple of holes made by the bike’s protruding parts.

** Assembly
I’ve always liked to assembly (and disassembly) things so I was not discouraged by the few bolts I had to screw. That said I think the instructions could have been easier to read.
The hardest part is to fit the springs and the brake wire which maybe in my case was a bit too tight. If you have never replaced a brake wire you have may have a hard time.

** General looks
The bike looks beautiful and cool. It’s something you have never seen before so it does feel very extravagant. In the office we have a few scooters of different kinds - the half bike looks very different and very cool.

** Quality
The parts seem very sturdy. The front wheel is a proper, but smaller, bike wheel and the two back wheels also feel good. The handlebar has got cool rubber and the brakes are similar to what you would find on a high end bike. The lower part of the frame is made of metal and it is solid and the paint is beautiful on it. The upper part is made of engineered wood and the paint looks cheap. Also, in my case some of the paint did not penetrate through the wood (guess what, wood needs to be primed before painting!) so although the frame is black, you can see the bright wood fibers sticking through the paint.
The brake wire is hold into position by some very flimsy clippers - one of them did not survive one day of riding as it has already snapped.

** Small and Foldable
The bike is small - it’s a half bike after all! It can also be folded by loosening 2 of the 4 bolts that connect the wooden and the metal frame. Don’t expect to be doing this everyday though. The construction is not that good and it is quite cumbersome to do the folding. I’m sure that after a couple of times you would give up.

** Riding
Riding is incredibly hard! It’s not like riding a bike at all. Every push on the pedal puts the bike out of balance so you have to compensate with the rest of the body. It’s a workout!
It may get easier with time but it’s not relaxing at all. The bike has no steering wheel so taking corners is not easy and you need a quite wide radius. It’s pretty fun when riding on a flat surface but the slightest uphill turns the fun into a battle. As the bike is not very stiff, pushing hard to get uphill is almost not an option.

** Flawed design - it’s dangerous!
The bike is front heavy. Although the crank is exactly in the middle, you inevitably will have more of your weight on the front wheel (it will happen that you bend forward, especially if you are tall). Now, what happens if you brake? More weight will go on the front wheel which means that the back wheels will lift from the ground and lose grip. Since there are no front brakes, you lose 100% of your braking power. The company may say that you should not lean forward but you will! Don’t use this bike in traffic!

** Conclusion
When I ordered this bike I was pretty excited about it. The video on the website makes it look very easy and very fun to ride it. You should have seen the face of the people today in Hayes Valley where I went to met some friends in the afternoon.
Unfortunately, the bike is not very relaxing at all. My hands ache after few minutes of riding. I’m sure that with time I will get better at riding it but the main question is: what will I use it for? Definitely not for commuting since I cannot see myself using it for longer period of times and also I don’t trust it in traffic. It sounds like it is something that I’ll take to the park once or twice and then will collect dust in the garage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llo75kvqsMc
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This was close. My Uber really fucked up by getting to the wrong terminal and then getting stuck in the parking lot???
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Check out this video on YouTube:
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