The “Pi Cycle” is a new approach to integrating electronic technology and bicycle mechanics.
Bicycle design and Marin County have been intertwined for years. Charles Leadbeater spoke at TED in 2005 about the mountain bike’s evolution in Marin during the mid-1990’s. Nearby in Sausalito, CA, Marcus Hays and his design team at Pi Mobility are busy tweaking the next step in bicycle design. Their bike, the “Pi Cycle” is a new approach to integrating electronic technology and bicycle mechanics.
By simplifying the frame design to a simple arc, the Pi Cycle and Pi Moto are given maximum space between wheels while creating an internal storage space for the electronics and battery. The design of the bike is such that once the lithium ion battery dies, the Pi Cycle has space for the addition of new, not-yet-released technology. Coupled with a rubber-belt drive as opposed to a conventional chain system, the bike rides smooth and handles like a motorcycle. Selling for between $2,999 and $4,999, the Pi Cycle and Pi Moto are currently being offered in limited quantities.
Marcus Hays explains the philosophy of the Pi Cycle:
[via How Does It Sound]