Folding Electric Mini-Farthing

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Is it me, or are retro designs starting to make their mark yet again in our lives? The farthing is one of the more popular ways to get around sometime in the previous century, but it sure as heck looked extremely weird. Fast forward to the 21st century, and we have Hammacher’s take on the farthing of yore – in the form of the $5,000 Folding Electric Mini-Farthing. I suppose when you take inflation into the picture over all these years, $5,000 is not too much to ask, but it is still a sizeable amount for the average person on the street to fork out for what some might deem to be an indulgence rather than a necessity.

The Folding Electric Mini-Farthing is a folding electric bicycle that was inspired by the large-wheeled penny farthing which was made popular in the late 19th century. It is touted to be the smallest folding electric bicycle of its kind in the world, considering how it measures a mere 43-liter in terms of volume, taking just 20 seconds or so to stow away for easy transport or storage. Capable of hitting a top speed of 14 mph, there is a 450-watt electric DC motor that helps drive the 20″ front wheel while its 8″ rear wheel delivers steering capability, as long as you do not tip the scales at more than 220 lbs. Other features include high-visibility LED lights, built-in brake and turn lights.

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