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A folding electric bike that fits in to most aeroplanes' luggage area
Gocycle GS electric folding bike gocycle.com (available from various retailers) £2,499
Those with long memories may recall Prodrive boss David Richards’
Pilot article on choosing a bicycle he could stow in his helicopter. Helipads can often be distant from ready transport, and being able to cycle on to the destination is a useful option and something many people enjoy doing – especially if theirs is a holiday visit. Twenty years ago, David’s choice was the Brompton – then, and still today the most compact ‘folder’ of the lot.
Well, time moves on and there are now an increasing number of electric models available – bikes that are making this means of transport more attractive to a wider group than the fitness freaks who have tended to dominate the cycling scene in the UK. Electric assistance makes a bike more appealing to flyers too. When you arrive at a rural airfield on the Continent, do you really want to face a further endurance test, or would you rather glide smoothly to a restaurant and bed for the night with minimal effort?
So the object of desire is now a folding electric bike. Enter the Gocycle, an appealing new design that is modestly claimed to be ‘the best electric bike in the world’.
Pilot has been testing the ‘S’ version, the lowest-priced model in a range of three (the ‘fast folder’ GX costs £2,899 and the electronicgear-shift, longer-range G3 ‘design icon’ will set you back £3,499).
One of the first things you want to know about a folding bike is whether it will fit in your aircraft. It is only the swinging arm/chain case of the GS that actually folds, the wheels and saddle post detaching to be stored alongside in a package that is actually smaller than Gocycle’s new GX fast folder, making the GS the more attractive option for the aviation world. The GS won’t fit in the Editor’s Cub, as a Brompton does, but it slipped easily enough into the baggage compartment of contributor Colin Goodwin’s Van’s RV-7. The GS also fits in a representative production aircraft, although we’d not have been able to get it through the
Not only will the electric Gocycle GS fit in most light aircraft, but it offers an excellent and easy ride that all will appreciate
Previous choice: the compact and light Brompton set the standard for ‘folders’