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Saul Griffith, inventor and multiple entrepreneur, is knee-deep in a new electric bicycle project: Onya Cycles! For this week’s episode of Green Overdrive we hung out with Griffith and took the bikes for a ride. Who needs a car when you have pedals and batteries?

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Saul Griffith, inventor, multiple entrepreneur and MacArthur fellow, is knee-deep in a new electric bicycle project: Onya Cycles! Griffith and his team, through their incubator Other Lab, have built a series of innovative, and heavy-lifting, electric bikes that are meant to replace local car trips to the store, including the tilting electric tricycle called the Front-End Loader, the Mule cargo bike, and the super-cute ET. For this week’s episode of GigaOM TV’s Green Overdrive video show we hung out with Griffith and took the Front-End Loader for a ride. Who needs a car when you can turn to pedals and batteries.

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  1. WOW! That is perfect cycle. I’d love to buy this for my friend’s son, as a birthday present.

  2. WANT!

  3. I think I like pedaling too much to really want one of these. Of course I am typically not hauling a full load.

  4. Katie Fehrenbacher Thursday, October 14, 2010

    @Zack, you can pedal too, without using the motor. Onya also sells non motorized versions.

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  6. Lars Erik Barfred Thursday, October 14, 2010

    The electrified bike trend is appalling, in Copenhagen where I live, 37% of the inhabitants use a bike for commuting every day, more and more use a cargo/tri-bike in stead of a car, actually 25% of all families with 2+ children own a tri-bike -all without any kind of motor, and it works fine for us, with a full load of groceries or children.

    Why should we need electricity and polluting electric engine production, to be green, use your legs and you will live longer in a greener world ;-)

  7. The trend of electrified bikes is really sick, any healthy teen/adult does not need an engine to help pedaling, not even for cargo/tri-bikes, unless you live in a city with extremely steep hills.
    almost 40% of the inhabitans of Copenhagen use a bike daily for commuting, 25% of 2+ children families own a tri-bike for doing groceries, driving the youngsters etc. all without an engine other than those trimmed thighs ;-)

    Forget the engine and you will live longer in a more pleasant world.

    My recommendations for tri-bikes are:

    The most stylish:
    http://www.triobike.dk/

    One the true pioneers:
    http://www.christianiabikes.dk/

    My personal fav, which my family use;

    http://nihola.info/da/nihola+cykler/cigar+family/

    I think the Nihola handles better than most tri-bikes, as the front wheels turns, whereas most depend on the entire front box turning, which demands that the bike tilts somewhat, and you need to let go of a strong grip.

    The Dutch Contender, quite stylish too, I don´t know about the quality of the parts;

    http://www.johnny-loco.com/dk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=266&category_id=11&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=57

  8. My recommendations for tri-bikes are:

    The most stylish:
    http://www.triobike.dk/

    One the true pioneers:
    http://www.christianiabikes.dk/

    My personal fav, which my family use;

    http://nihola.info/da/nihola+cykler/cigar+family/

    I think the Nihola handles better than most tri-bikes, as the front wheels turns, whereas most depend on the entire front box turning, which demands that the bike tilts somewhat, and you need to let go of a strong grip.

    The Dutch Contender, quite stylish too, I don´t know about the quality of the parts;

    http://www.johnny-loco.com/dk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=266&category_id=11&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=57

  9. Lars Erik,

    I can see how living in a pancake-flat country for too long has actually made you think that the earth is flat. Welcome to my homeland Norway, just a short hop away on the ferry, and you will see awesome hills and mountains. If you are even going to contemplate using a cargo bike in our country you certainly need an electric motor. So save the “appalling” and the strange “polluting electric motors” argument for a real reason like your coal fired power plants which still power the majority of your country and enjoy 100% hydro electric transportation in the land of “mountain monkeys”, as you are fond to call us.

  10. Fantastic! Bring the cost of these down as much as possible. And Saul, how goes the fixed wing/kite generation?

  11. Over here in the US, we are mostly fat lard buckets that use cars for 99% of our travels even though MOST of the trips could be taken with a bike. If it takes electricity to get people on bikes here, I am all for it! Besides this, riding an electric bike allows for longer trips, more cargo, and more frequent riding for us lard buckets.

    You would think that people would be happy to see a car left in the garage while an electric bike was used for transport. Hide your kids, hide your wife!

  12. Lars Erik Barfred

    North American cities are not built like Europe. They are SPRAWLING huge monstrosities built around the automobile. An electric bike is FASTER than a regular bike and a good compromise to get people out of their CARS.

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  15. Have you noticed that none of Saul’s inventions have ever been commercialised! Interesting.

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