This Self-Powered Bike Trailer Frees the Lazy from Pedaling

You can pretend you bought it for exercise, or as an eco-friendly means of transport. But deep down, everyone with a bike secretly wishes it was a motorcycle. And with this $700 trailer, it kind of can be.

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While it looks like a regular bike trailer chock full of granola bars and organic groceries, you'll also find a compact electric motor and battery inside the Ridekick. So instead of making your ride more difficult with added weight to pull, it can actually push a bike up to 19 mph for around 8 to 12 miles on a full charge.

It's also an easy way to add an electric motor to a bike with minimal modifications. The hitch assembly only takes about 12 minutes to install, and after that the trailer can be attached and removed in a mere 15 seconds. And while it's easy to scoff at the $700 price tag while sitting comfortably in front of your computer, it will probably seem like a steal the next time you're laboring your way up a hill on your two-wheeler. [Ridekick via Inhabitat]

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Ok, I get that there are some people who might want or need an electric assist going up a hill. And maybe for some people, riding a bike is just a means of transportation.

But for me, riding a bike is about the challenge. Do I have to spend 4 hours in the saddle, riding up a mountain? Of course not. But it's incredibly fun and satisfying. Do I have to race home from work and get all sweaty? No, but why bother riding if i'm not going to push myself?

I know i'm not alone in this particular view point, but I suppose it's the minority view for most humans. But most of those humans don't even ride a bike. I just have a hard time grasping the idea of making the commitment to ride a bike regularly, and then look for ways to completely remove the fun parts.