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Ford’s Th!nk Fun cycle by electric motor

-Ford’s want riders to go further, easier on new bicycle

Record-Eagle writer

The first thing you say as you to pedal off on Ford Motor new Th!nk Fun electric-assist bicycle is The second is Wow!

Right off the the bike’s electric motor you a significant boost, which is a disconcerting at first and prompts the

At 73 pounds, this is a fairly machine yet it scoots right As you get up to cruising speed, you realize sailing — and smiling with very little You think you could probably do all day long.

That’s where the comes in.

A sampling of seven found all but one did the whoa-wow thing. The just said, I want

The Th!nk name comes Ford’s marketers who want to try it out and then think about the of bicycling further, faster and It’s a goofy name, but doesn’t detract from is basically a good idea. at the company comes right out and it, but this is the Boomers’ bike, a way to on cycling even after put on a few pounds, your knees and you just don’t like and sweating a lot anymore.

That’s not to say full-sized people of any age like this, but the biggest so far, say bike shop are older people and commuters.

It was for all reasons that Record-Eagle picked their older, pudgy business writer to drive the Th!nk. That and the that they thought a of him on a bicycle would be a hoot.

I it out two days for commutes between my in the Holiday Hills area of Township to the Record-Eagle office A trip of about six miles, it takes just under 15 by car. By Th!nk-cycle I averaged 25 minutes a leg, 30 when was a stiff head wind and I was the more uphill, return


The Th!nk is a head-turner with its frame and the soft buzz its motor. I was often asked it as I met up with people at intersections the TART Trail, which is to my house and runs within a from the office. Even kids would point and Wazzat?

I had a momentary qualm I saw the No motorized vehicles along the but there was no way I was going to challenge on the highway, especially since I ridden a bike any significant for several years, let alone in traffic. No one on the trail seemed to and I did slow way down whenever I had to people.

The bike gives you a continual as long as you pedal, which is for maintaining a nice rate of but I really appreciated the ability to the throttle and get even more when I was pushing into a or working my way up a hill. We have pretty steep ones in the Hills area and I was able to it up all of them without killing by shifting way down and tweaking the I could feel a little in my legs after an especially one, but that was quickly by the minimal effort to cruise I got over the top.

The bike is a piece of equipment with shock absorbers on the front to ease the bumps, a good set of simple gear-changing and throttle and a no-brainer system for re-charging the The company says it has a range of 22 on a single charge and will you in pedaling up to 20 miles per hour. You can go if you want or dare, but you’ll to do it on your own.

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I never got past either

A full recharge on the battery six hours. My commute legs used about a third of the and that was refreshed by a two-hour The bike uses an advanced system that prevents the of battery fatigue where it a progressively smaller charge, your range over

Ford says the battery be good for several years capacity and performance are affected.

The also comes with a comfortable seat (especially by wide-bottomed older guys), tires suitable for road or and a sturdy six-speed gear with an indicator light tells you when to downshift. also a separate battery The bike comes in red, silver and white.

Suggested retail price is plus taxes and delivery

Ford has a second model, the Traveler, which is smaller, and can be folded up for easy transport. It more, $1,195, probably they had to put a big hinge in the middle. It has a gearing system, a 16-mile range per charge and goes up to 18 per hour before the power off.

It comes in the same of colors.

The only place you can buy the Fun and Traveler models in the northwest Michigan region is at Mackinaw in Mackinaw City but they can be ordered for delivery at www.Th!nkmobility.com. is also selling a couple electric-powered vehicles there, the Th!nk Neighbor, that like a four-seat golf-cart on for $6,000.

Another option for who might want to try out something is to check out the Lafree electric-assist being sold at Brick in Traverse City. The Lafree model is in many ways to the Th!nk Fun and has one feature that I lacking on the Th!ink machine, a charger. Brick Wheels about a dozen of them year and sales representative Decamillis says interest is

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