01 August 2009

The Mobiky Folding Bicycle

Bicycles As Interior Design Objects
After all the talk of the very excellent Brompton, I realised that I'd never written about my own folding bike. As fate would have it, I ended up with the Mobiky Genius.

I don't use it that much here in Copenhagen but it's nice to have. A French design that has won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2007, the bicycle is a treat when considering folding ability, riding experience and storage. Plus, I love the aesthetic look of the bike. It is a fine example of Bicycles As Interior Design Objects. Not that it's in the flat all the time. That would be geeky. It's in the cellar.

I only use it for two reasons. The first is fetching a car from the car share programme we subscribe to. As a rule there are cars at the spots around the corner but if it's busy and I have to travel a bit farther to pick up a car, I'll take the Mobiky.

I have also taken it on trips to other European cities on business. Berlin was a breeze. Bus from Tegel airport to Zoo Station and then hop onto the bike for the rest of the day. It only weighs 13.5 kg so into the bag with it and check it in for the flight.

Mobiky Moods
We've taken it out for bike rides and it's great that both me, Wifealiciousness and the boy Felix can use it. Felix can unfold it in 25 seconds. We timed it. Boys like stuff like that.

Despite the small tyres, it rides completely and utterly like any other bicycle. There are two chains to assist this function.

Mobiky Moods Mobiky Wifey
I like the detail that you can fold it up and leave the handlebars up so you can just roll it along with ease if you need to, instead of having to carry it all the time.


Here's a film from Mobiky about the bicycle in use in the urban environment.

To be honest, the Mobiky Genius is the only folding bike that I've seen that can compete with the Brompton for elegance, aesthetic design and comfortable riding.

58 comments:

JT said...

It's an amazing little bike. Those wheels look far too small, but the guy in the video rides it with no hands at the station, so it must be quite stable!

The weight surprises me a little, it looks smaller/lighter...

(By the way, I would't ride while wearing those earphones...)

Mikael said...

you're right. I wouldn't ride it wearing those earphones either.

my earphones are much better than those ones.

WestfieldWanderer said...

Are you sure about the 20kg weight?
Sounds rather heavy. Typo?

My tandem weighs 18kg. My Brompton only weighs 11kg.

Mikael said...

total brain fart. sorry. 13.5 kg. thanks for pointing it out.

Zyzzyx said...

I'd have to submit the Bike Friday Tikit against the Mobiky and a Brommy. (http://community.bikefriday.com/tikit)

The ride is no different than a regular bike. The key is that it folds with just a few motions, in under 5 seconds; the same to open it back up.

Erik Sandblom said...

When I tell people that the small wheels roll just fine, I wonder if they believe me. I usually say paved roads are fine but gravel slows me down.

What's your take, do they believe you or are they just being polite?

Anna said...

http://asset.soup.io/asset/0408/2086_6ff4_500.jpeg

the biker's torment.

TC said...

What about Strida? Next to Brompton, it's also a very well designed bike.

TC
http://AbioBikes.com

Nick said...

There is one other English make Mezzo they are very light and great to ride http://www.mezzobikes.com/

Kristoffer said...

Check out this folding bike - that actually looks like a "normal" bike. Love innovation!
http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Student-Invents-Bicycle-Which-Folds-Into-26-Inch-Wheel-Circumference-For-James-Dyson-Prize/Article/200908115353249?lpos=UK_News_Article_Body_Copy_Region_0

Neil said...

It looks great, though scary that it is heavier than a brompton.

Would you be prepared to do longer distances on it (a few miles?) or is it strictly a short distance bike.

Mikael said...

how the weight is 'scary' i don't understand but sure, i've ridden it a couple of times on a round trip of 20 km. no problem. at the end of the day it's just a bike and one can ride any bike 20 km without a problem.

if you think about the bikes that people rode in the first half of the last century, over long distances, a bike like this is a piece of cake.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Mobiky last summer and love it. I looked at other folding bikes, including the doubly expensive (in Canada) Brompton. I was lucky with the price because it was the last one so I got it for 30% off list. The Mobiky is so easy to fold/unfold and conveniently easy to roll along when it is folded by keeping the handle bar stem unfolded. It is also really easy to ride along at a walking pace to do window shopping like a pedestrian. The size of tire is small enough to allow the Mobiky to be ridden on the sidewalk here. It is really convenient to put into a car's trunk (Subaru Impreza wagon). I have never had to lock it up, offices and stores let me wheel it in because its so small and unique (everyone wants to look at it). When I ride it around I get a lot of attention, all positive. It only has three gears and very small wheels but it does perform like a 3-speed with tires twice as big because of the double sprocket double chain arrangement at the crank. The only concern I have is for parts because I am in Canada and there's no disributor here but the bike shop gave me a two year comprehensive money back warranty if they can't get parts and/or fix it. Because I am a "tinkerer", I am looking into how I can increase the gearing from 3-speed to be able to tackle steeper inclines which are a bit of an effort with only 3 speeds.

Anonymous said...

I bought a Mobiky last summer and love it. I looked at other folding bikes, including the doubly expensive (in Canada) Brompton. I was lucky with the price because it was the last one so I got it for 30% off list. The Mobiky is so easy to fold/unfold and conveniently easy to roll along when it is folded by keeping the handle bar stem unfolded. It is also really easy to ride along at a walking pace to do window shopping like a pedestrian. The size of tire is small enough to allow the Mobiky to be ridden on the sidewalk here. It is really convenient to put into a car's trunk (Subaru Impreza wagon). I have never had to lock it up, offices and stores let me wheel it in because its so small and unique (everyone wants to look at it). When I ride it around I get a lot of attention, all positive. It only has three gears and very small wheels but it does perform like a 3-speed with tires twice as big because of the double sprocket double chain arrangement at the crank. The only concern I have is for parts because I am in Canada and there's no disributor here but the bike shop gave me a two year comprehensive money back warranty if they can't get parts and/or fix it. Because I am a "tinkerer", I am looking into how I can increase the gearing from 3-speed to be able to tackle steeper inclines which are a bit of an effort with only 3 speeds.

andy said...

thanks for helping host the alleycat! Andy, #6749

Bod said...

Still no idea what French has to do with it... Cool site though #2846

JamiMaria said...

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ryan said...

I don't quite understand the connection, but I found it! #3313

GeekGuyAndy said...

thanks again! this was a fun alleycat - Andy, #6749

Ian P said...

Ian Prust
#9475

goathens said...

goathens # 7561
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DbackLover said...

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Reuben said...

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Brent Strange said...

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#812

Tom said...

#9501

samh said...

#1656 checking in.

Badda said...

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Badda Skat #6233

Iwakura said...

checking in...

Iwakura
#772

Dan said...

#2913

mrben said...

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mrben #3089

lucifervandross said...

#892

As normal I was overthinking this.

Maybe something about coffee and laundry would have been a better riddle.

Still don't get the U2 thing and none of the searches i did pulled this up.

afatty said...

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Glenn Girtman , #6163

Jay said...

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#4776

DragonSphere said...

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Rudi Riet, #2975

Ink Lover said...

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Blue Fish #5080

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mike s said...

#8315

Thanks for tour through Zooropa.

Ludgero said...

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neab said...

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Gary #5039 said...

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jwm said...

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#9921 / JWM

Anonymous said...

backhander to edith piaf ->should have gone with my first thought-instead spent 12 hours thinking about it on and off.too straightforward typically danish:>>
kerry#3686

Alexandra the Great said...

Bromptons are more my thing ;-)

Cheers,
BykMor, #5113

Bendicoot said...

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Ben #9356

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Andrew #3481

Andrew said...

Andrew #3481

Ruth said...

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Ruth Turner = #6691

Olev said...

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#6386

John said...

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but it was nice and interesting


John #7947
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kowenn #3784

conjob said...

conjob, #5853
i wouldn't have figured this out in a million years if i hadn't started googling everything i could think of.

NorthSport.dk said...

"To be honest, the Mobiky Genius is the only folding bike that I've seen that can compete with the Brompton for elegance, aesthetic design and comfortable riding."
Hi Michael - try out the Montague Boston, it is a very nice alternative to the Brompton and Mobiky AND it has fullsize wheels which is a great thing when You are riding long distances :-)