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?