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The Idea Factory: Meet the Halfbike

This bizarre conveyance has no seat and no conventional handlebars

Kolelinia's Halfbike "looks like somebody stripped away all the comfy bits from a real bike," said Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo. There's no seat, no conventional handlebars, and only one wheel that resembles anything you'd see on a conventional bicycle. The rider pedals from a standing position and holds on to a vertical shaft that allows the Halfbike to be steered — and yes, it features a handbrake as well. The Halfbike is small enough to fit easily into an elevator and light enough to carry up the stairs. Kolelinia is trying to raise $80,000 via Kickstarter to put its invention into production, but you can already buy your own for $799.