Pedalling in a circular motion has worked well for the last 150 years, but a new Kickstarter campaign is looking to take things in a different direction. Instead of pedalling round and round, the LFN bike (which stands for Looking For Name) propels you forward with an up and down pedalling motion, sort of like the steps machine you might see down the gym.
Of course that strange pedalling action means that the drivetrain mechanism is a little more complicated that on normal bikes, with the LFN bike requiring a gearbox mechanism (located below the saddle) to convert the up and down motion into a circular mechanism so that the bike can use a normal 7-speed cassette and rear derailleur. According to the team behind the bike, the gearbox will last for “years and years” although they do recommend buying a replacement gearbox if you want really long term use.
The other big thing to talk about with the LFN bike is that it is also an electric bike. The bike is equipped with a 350 watt motor (although in the UK this will be limited to 250 watts), which can be switched on whenever you’re feeling a bit tired, and has a claimed range of 52 miles.
Finally, on what is already a very off bike, we come to the handlebars, which have a very strange design, looking like an up-turned pair of drop handlebars with further upward extensions to provide support when standing on the pedals.
According to the company’s Kickstarter page, the LFN bike will start shipping to backers in January 2017 (provided it hits its $100,000 crowdfunding target), although there is not yet a set price for those who like the look of this interesting new product.