This Self-Powered Bike Trailer Frees the Lazy from Pedaling

By Andrew Liszewski on at

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 £450 trailer, it kind of can be.

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 £450 price tag while sitting comfortably in front of your computer, it will probably seem like a steal the next time you're labouring your way up a hill on your two-wheeler.

Unfortunately for us Brits, the Ridekick falls foul of current restrictions placed on electric bicycles. According to the Environmental Transport Association, the 500w Ridekick is double the current power limit for electric bicycle motors sold in Britain and its top unassisted speed of 19mph is higher than the legal limit of 15mph. [Ridekick via Inhabitat]