Contributing Monkie V Ol Blak
Published on June 10, 2009
I am always on the look out for alternative ways to use electric motors. Big small used new, no matter, give me some electric between my legs and I am a happy monkie. Okay I stoled that line from a girl friend of mine, and she wasn’t talking about electric bikes. But she had never seen the Sparta Ion. An electric retro styled hybrid bike which would even make the coolest urban goth chick re-think their favorite electric appliance.
This hybrid electric / peddle bike with the retro details in all the right places, might just be my new favorite. Look at the back wheel with its wrap around mud guard and the clear protector over the chain. That is just screaming Portland, isn’t it. The only down side for the lazy among us, is that you have to peddle this thing. Yes, peddle an electric bike! I know, what the hell are they thinking. Don’t they know, only us lazy twig leg people are willing to fork over the big bucks to look like dorks in public. And dorks don’t want to peddle.
The Sparta used in a commercial
(core77.com) FLEX/the INNOVATION LAB presents the new Cityseat bicycle as part of Sparta’s Ion line. Old charm looks mixed with user-friendly ergonomics and features make Cityseat a modern day classic. The Delft, Netherlands-based design team focused on rider comfort, ease of use, flexibility, and overall city adaptability. An ION electric motor located discretely near the rear wheel hub provides Cityseat with pedal assistance should the rider need a “push in the right direction,” whether over a hill, across a bridge, or against the wind.
The elongated frame joins with a low-positioned seat and forward-positioned pedals, resulting in a new posture somewhere between a recumbent bike and a true city bike. Flex and Sparta ION have released Cityseat with the intention of providing city dwellers with a convenient yet sophisticated transportation solution that ensures a “natural cycling sensation.”