“You can literally take the battery out and charge it in a cafe, while you eat your eggs.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Nick
- Vehicle in Question: 2011 FlyKly Electric Bicycle
- Spotted at: Broadway and 112th Steet by Tom’s Restaurant, New York, N.Y. 10025
- Car’s Nickname: Klyde
Q: Welcome to Defend Your Ride. What would you like to say to the good people?
A: I’m defending my ride in respect that on the West Side Highway, at the bike path, you got these, like, road bike professionalists who are going like 40 miles per hour and it really doesn’t make much sense to go that fast when there’s people with babies in strollers walking the same path.
Q: What’s their reaction when they see your electric bike?
A: I’ll be on the bike path and they’ll be like, “Yo, this is not a bike,” or “Hey kid! That’s not a bike!” and they’re going like 50 miles per hour and I don’t think people realize that you can go that fast on a real bicycle.
Q: How fast are you cruising at?
A: I’ll be going a respectful 16 miles per hour, cause I don’t want to get pulled over for going like 30 or something.
Q: You sound quite responsible. Kind of a Captain America of the bike lanes?
A: This is an electric bicycle. You can’t abuse the rules with it.
Q: I hear you. You have to ride safe or they’ll be scraping bodies off the bike path.
A: I’m actually riding safer than the road bike guys and they probably have Jaguars and I’m saving the planet too.
Q: You seem to be quite the spokesman for the E.B. culture. E.B., I just made that up, I think. Preach on Electric Bicycle Man.
A: It’s efficient. Saves the planet. You can ride it in the street. You don’t need a license for it.
Q: Oh yeah!
A: I bought this sweet electric bicycle for both economic and ecological reasons. Eco times two! EcoX2. And that’s a patent.
Q: What can you tell me about the battery?
A: It’s efficient. It goes like 40 miles off of one battery charge. It’s actually the strongest battery on the market. That’s what they told me.
Q: How long does it take to charge?
A: It takes about three hours to charge. You can charge it externally, right here, or you can literally take the battery out and charge it in a cafe, while you eat your eggs.
Q: How fast does it go?
A: It says it goes 25 miles per hour tops, but if you’re going down a hill or whatever, it goes a little bit faster than that.
Q: Any final words before you ride off into the sun?
A: If you have an electric bike, don’t fall prey to the bike lane culture. I have news for you guys, it’s changing. We’re coming in and we’re taking over, but we’re friends.
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Photos and interview by Jai Mitchell