Flywheel Hybrid Bike

Reuters is reporting that a 22 year-old New York college grad Maxwell von Stein has designed a bike with a flywheel that works on a similar principle as the hybrid car. The flywheel is a 15 pound, cast iron fly-wheel taken from a car engine, then mounted on the middle of the bike frame and fitted with a continuously variable transmission to the rear wheel. Kinetic energy is transfered to the flywheel when slowing down via a twist-shift embedded in the grip, and that energy helps with a boost when you need to get going again. Seems like a really interesting system, and best of all, it doesn’t use batteries.

Hit this link to check out the news report video on Reuters.

What do you think of the system? Could we be seeing this on mainstream bikes in the future?

5 responses to “Flywheel Hybrid Bike”

  1. Adambanton says:

    Wow, that’s a cool concept for a city bike.

  2. Totalschwarr says:

    how bout just using your legs and brakes. simple concept slow your roll when needed and pick up pace when wanted. dude’s concept is slow as molasses. stick to the basics like history has paved and there will be no need for this nonsense in 2013.

  3. Pundit says:

    I suppose the extra energy that you get from the flywheel is almost just enough to help overcome the extra effort from the added weight of the flywheel.

    Now how about mounting that thing horizontally so it could help with doing 360’s?

  4. Huntersuddath says:

    I want to ride it…

  5. Penni says:

    Investors do pay direct and oblique prices.