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Brighton man turns heads on electric unicycle using mobile phone technology

The Argus: Brighton man turns heads on electric unicycle using mobile phone technology Brighton man turns heads on electric unicycle using mobile phone technology

There is no need to put a tiger in your tank with this green cruising machine.

Paul Ellis, 41, turned heads when he glided through Brighton’s North Laine on a brand new Yo Cycle.

The device from the Far East is an electrically-powered unicycle with a 40km range that can travel at speeds of up to 17km/h – and director of Yo Cycle Mr Ellis wants to bring it to the streets of Sussex.


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He said: “I’ve been living in the Far East for a little while, saw the product, and really liked what I saw.

Marketable “I think it’s a really marketable product because of its green credentials, it’s got a long range because of its mobile phone technology and it travels at about jogging speed.

“It’s a gyroscope design, so it works in a similar way to a segway except it’s got two footpedals and it’s much easier to handle.

“To move forward you push down on the balls of your feet and you lean back to slow down and stop.

“It takes a little while to master – but I was up and running in just three hours.”

The devices can legally be used in cycle lanes and Mr Ellis believes the product’s practicality out-performs current transport options.

He added: “There’s a lot of people using these fold-away bikes and they can cost anything between £800 and £1,000.

“The Yo Cycle is smaller, neater and more compact and a similar price.

“It’s practical – it’s good for taking on trains, getting about the city, walking the dog. I use it every day.

“So many people now are modifying their mountain bikes and road bikes so that they’re electrically-assisted or powered and this is exactly the same.”

After only being in business for ten days, 30 Yo Cycles have already been sold, with a price tag of £835 each.

Mr Ellis added: “The reaction has been very positive because I think it’s a bit of a jaw-dropping product.

“We have sold a number of them already and we’re expecting sales to snowball.

“The next thing for us is to spread the word and get out to as many festivals as we can.

“We’ve been in touch with a number of pharmaceutical companies and big marketing companies, but it’s still early days.

“Brighton being such a green city was part of the reason we decided to try and launch it here.”

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7:53am Sat 11 Jan 14

LeonBIank666 says...

It states that it can be legally used in cycle lanes, yet the picture above is clearly not in a cycle lane.

Ridiculous toy and dangerous to the elderly folk who will not see it coming. A few years ago we had those pathetic mini motorbikes that all the chavs bought.

I hope this doe not become the next thing.

Also looking at the article, how can this be used for dog walking? It is illegal to lease a dog on a bike.

And why in Gods name has the idiot promoter contacted "pharmaceutical" companies???
It states that it can be legally used in cycle lanes, yet the picture above is clearly not in a cycle lane. Ridiculous toy and dangerous to the elderly folk who will not see it coming. A few years ago we had those pathetic mini motorbikes that all the chavs bought. I hope this doe not become the next thing. Also looking at the article, how can this be used for dog walking? It is illegal to lease a dog on a bike. And why in Gods name has the idiot promoter contacted "pharmaceutical" companies??? LeonBIank666
  • Score: 2

8:16am Sat 11 Jan 14

martnin says...

Does it have brakes?
Does it have brakes? martnin
  • Score: 2

8:51am Sat 11 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Another reason why commuting cyclists avoid cycle lanes.
Another reason why commuting cyclists avoid cycle lanes. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Indigatio says...

I've just Googled 'Yo Cycle' and get nothing relating to this gadget. Is it real?
Intriguing device but it does raise numerous safety issues.
Brakes
Lights
High Vis (this guy is dressed totally in black!
17kph = 10 mph quite a speed when they could be confused for someone 'walking'!
(fyi - I'm a cyclist by the way)
I've just Googled 'Yo Cycle' and get nothing relating to this gadget. Is it real? Intriguing device but it does raise numerous safety issues. Brakes Lights High Vis (this guy is dressed totally in black! 17kph = 10 mph quite a speed when they could be confused for someone 'walking'! (fyi - I'm a cyclist by the way) Indigatio
  • Score: 6

5:14pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Man of steel says...

Indigatio says...
I've just Googled 'Yo Cycle' and get nothing relating to this gadget. Is it real?

I suggest that you use a decent search engine.
They are made by IPS, it's called an IPS I200 and you can get them on Ebay for £570 including postage from Great Shanghai, China.
Indigatio says... I've just Googled 'Yo Cycle' and get nothing relating to this gadget. Is it real? I suggest that you use a decent search engine. They are made by IPS, it's called an IPS I200 and you can get them on Ebay for £570 including postage from Great Shanghai, China. Man of steel
  • Score: 4

7:38pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Dollydealer says...

And on Friday i saw him teetering and tottering on the pavement heading up North Street... :@/
And on Friday i saw him teetering and tottering on the pavement heading up North Street... :@/ Dollydealer
  • Score: 2

10:06pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Levent says...

Despite the obvious embarrassment and dangers of this kids' toy, I hope the geeks can out go faster than the smackheads can shuffle, who will relieve them of their £835 investment at the first opportunity!
Despite the obvious embarrassment and dangers of this kids' toy, I hope the geeks can out go faster than the smackheads can shuffle, who will relieve them of their £835 investment at the first opportunity! Levent
  • Score: 3

6:59am Sun 12 Jan 14

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Chose Brighton because it is green? Sorry, are you having a laugh. There is nothing happening in the green space apart from HJarrs fantasy world where he/she cycles to the 24/7 vacuum shop. Although clearly lives in london

Laughable
Chose Brighton because it is green? Sorry, are you having a laugh. There is nothing happening in the green space apart from HJarrs fantasy world where he/she cycles to the 24/7 vacuum shop. Although clearly lives in london Laughable Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: 5

9:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

starlett says...

Fantastic product ! Great to see someone has got imagination to Urban transport needs. Many of above comments understandably don't make any sense about elderly folk not seeing it., or walking the dog lol. As for using cycle lanes 'are there any in the north lanes?' from what I saw in the picture there isn't any. A unicycle is a one wheel bike, only this one has an electric motor. Therefore like an electric bike (many I see around Brighton) understandably why its being used upon the road. Did look at the mentioned IPS I200, not the same. From what I read this is a child version only taking 60kgs and covering 20km. Not the same as mentioned. Yocycle.com is easily searched 'wasn't difficult to find... As for Brighton being green, well we all have to do our part. Perhaps this could be a fun way of getting about rather than getting in the car and causing congestion we all love to hate.
Fantastic product ! Great to see someone has got imagination to Urban transport needs. Many of above comments understandably don't make any sense about elderly folk not seeing it., or walking the dog lol. As for using cycle lanes 'are there any in the north lanes?' from what I saw in the picture there isn't any. A unicycle is a one wheel bike, only this one has an electric motor. Therefore like an electric bike (many I see around Brighton) understandably why its being used upon the road. Did look at the mentioned IPS I200, not the same. From what I read this is a child version only taking 60kgs and covering 20km. Not the same as mentioned. Yocycle.com is easily searched 'wasn't difficult to find... As for Brighton being green, well we all have to do our part. Perhaps this could be a fun way of getting about rather than getting in the car and causing congestion we all love to hate. starlett
  • Score: 2

11:11am Sun 12 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

As for being green perhaps the city can start with a proper recycling service. We currently have the lowest level of recycling in the UK and rates have dropped while the Greens have been running the council.
Transport is a bit too advanced for this lot to manage.
As for being green perhaps the city can start with a proper recycling service. We currently have the lowest level of recycling in the UK and rates have dropped while the Greens have been running the council. Transport is a bit too advanced for this lot to manage. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 3

1:45pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Man of steel says...

I think that starlett read the advert wrongly, it states adults and children over 15, and will carry 100kgs, that would be a very heavy child.
As mentioned before, I can also see HSE rearing it's ugly head, the only brakes are leaning backwards to sw off the motor, which helps recharge the battery, also there are no lights on the thing, just reflectors.
I would much prefer the version that you sit on, has lights, and is street legal, a very difficult thing in the UK, as used to be seen with the mini motorbikes.
I think that starlett read the advert wrongly, it states adults and children over 15, and will carry 100kgs, that would be a very heavy child. As mentioned before, I can also see HSE rearing it's ugly head, the only brakes are leaning backwards to sw off the motor, which helps recharge the battery, also there are no lights on the thing, just reflectors. I would much prefer the version that you sit on, has lights, and is street legal, a very difficult thing in the UK, as used to be seen with the mini motorbikes. Man of steel
  • Score: 5

2:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Indigatio says...

starlett wrote:
Fantastic product ! Great to see someone has got imagination to Urban transport needs. Many of above comments understandably don't make any sense about elderly folk not seeing it., or walking the dog lol. As for using cycle lanes 'are there any in the north lanes?' from what I saw in the picture there isn't any. A unicycle is a one wheel bike, only this one has an electric motor. Therefore like an electric bike (many I see around Brighton) understandably why its being used upon the road. Did look at the mentioned IPS I200, not the same. From what I read this is a child version only taking 60kgs and covering 20km. Not the same as mentioned. Yocycle.com is easily searched 'wasn't difficult to find... As for Brighton being green, well we all have to do our part. Perhaps this could be a fun way of getting about rather than getting in the car and causing congestion we all love to hate.
Thanks for the link but it still doesn't come up in a Google search!.
The website seems to still be under development though.
[quote][p][bold]starlett[/bold] wrote: Fantastic product ! Great to see someone has got imagination to Urban transport needs. Many of above comments understandably don't make any sense about elderly folk not seeing it., or walking the dog lol. As for using cycle lanes 'are there any in the north lanes?' from what I saw in the picture there isn't any. A unicycle is a one wheel bike, only this one has an electric motor. Therefore like an electric bike (many I see around Brighton) understandably why its being used upon the road. Did look at the mentioned IPS I200, not the same. From what I read this is a child version only taking 60kgs and covering 20km. Not the same as mentioned. Yocycle.com is easily searched 'wasn't difficult to find... As for Brighton being green, well we all have to do our part. Perhaps this could be a fun way of getting about rather than getting in the car and causing congestion we all love to hate.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the link but it still doesn't come up in a Google search!. The website seems to still be under development though. Indigatio
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