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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’

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