As cozy as the electric GP racers are, there’s room for improvement. E-bikes, by comparison, can be taken on Metro, or via the front racks of buses. Still, sometimes I just don’t feel like bothering with a regular, 20-lb bike (and a good lock, all my biking gear, etc.); let alone a much heavier e-bike. It is just these situations where a car is the lazy solution, and a huge barrier for urban living and public transportation (or even Zipcar/Car2Go).
Enter the Inventist Solowheel, debuting about a year ago. It’s hardly the first personal-sized, electric-powered, gyrostabilized solution; it’s a competitor to the Focus Designs SBU V3, and a “son-of-the-Segway.” I met Marc Fisher in New York to discuss the Solowheel, and where it’s going; he’s an independent retailer for Inventist. Marc, formerly of the Maryland suburbs, now lives in New Jersey. There, he carries his Solowheel down three stories, rolls to a mass-transit stop, and heads to his day job in New York City… where he rolls the rest of the way, then sticks his EV in a corner. Exactly the sort of thing he could have used to and from his Montgomery County Metro stops. He’s even got the range (7-10 miles) for lunch and errands.