The old-school form of transportation has undergone a lot of improvements in the last years, and you don’t have to be marathon cyclist to enjoy them. With U.S. cities adding more bicycle lanes and people shifting to more environmentally-friendly type of transportation, the popularity of recreational bikes is expected to grow. Scroll on for nine most interesting and hottest bike startups sweeping the globe. To limit the list, we looked at the startups founded in the last eight years.
Founded by Michael Burtov, Cambridge Mass. based startup, GeoOrbital Wheel makes your bike electric in 60 seconds. The GeoOrbital wheel can be added to almost any bike in a matter of seconds; you just snap off your front wheel and replace it with GeoOrbital’s electric wheel.The newly powered bike can go at 20 miles per hour for up to 50 miles without needing to be charged.
Founded in 2015 by Storm Sondors, Sondors is the most affordable electric bike, according to the company. The prices vary from $499 to $900. Sondors launched the bikes after raising $12 million in Kickstarter and Indiegogo. They’re great off-road, especially in snow and sand and can go up to 20 miles/hour for 50 miles on a single charge, with a 350 watt motor.
Founded in New York in 2012, Peloton is the only exercise machine to stream live cycling classes, so you can experience the best spin classes on your own schedule. They combine live-streaming boutique studio cycling classes with a touchscreen-equipped indoor bike to bring effective workouts into the homes of riders. The Peloton bike is a luxury product and comes up to $1,995 plus $250 for delivery and in-home setup. It comes with a 21.5 inch Wi-Fi enabled 1080 High Definition flat screen monitor above the handlebars.The content is amazing, searchable and grows daily, and the other technological features of the bike are standouts as well.
Founded in Sweden in 2011, Hövding is the world’s first airbag bicycle helmet invented by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. It is a smart invisible helmet developed for cyclists who want to look fashionable. According to the company Hövding helmet covers a much larger area than a traditional cycle helmet and comes for about $250.
Founded by former fashion designer Fleetwood Hicks in 2009, in Dallas, TX Villy Custom is is an American lifestyle brand specializing in luxury custom fashion designed cruiser bicycles for adults. They make cruiser bikes that only come with one speed, the price of which varies from $500 to $600. Villy Custom lets you to choose custom colors for everything: from tires and wheels to pedals. It typically takes 10-15 business days to ship your custom made bike.
Founded in New-York in 2014 by Dave Weiner, Priority Bicycles is focused on creating a low-maintenance bike by using puncture-resistant tires that don’t go flat and a chain-less belt that doesn’t rust. The result is lightweight, modern and very simple three-speed bike that comes with a foot brake. According to the company it takes about five minutes to assemble the bike. You can buy them online for $399.
Founded back in 2009 in Venice, California, Solé Bicycles sells single-speed bikes for just $399. They have gained a lot of popularity among celebrities and casual cyclist alike. Solé’s direct-to-consumer model allows it to cut out retailers that act as middlemen and mark up the price. The result is simple, stylish, fun to drive bike which weights only 26lbs.
COBI, the Frankurt, Germany-based cycling startup, position themselves as the smartest way to upgrade your bike. They have developed a modular system to upgrade bikes digitally to smart bikes in a manner similar to connected cars. The system consists of a mounting on the handlebars, a smartphone with the COBI app installed, head and taillights.
Founded in 2017, LimeBike is a dock-less bike share system, which aims to revolutionize urban mobility and solve the first and last mile transportation challenges. The key to what makes LimeBike different from the competitors is that, instead of relying on centralized hubs, there will be many parking spots scattered across the city, and using their mobile app you can locate where to pick up and drop off the bike. The cost of a single ride will be $1.