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Wednesday
Feb222006

E is for Street Cred

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The Revive Spirit
Forget your Vespa. This is the new urban two-wheeled über-cool - electric bikes. How cool's that! I've always wanted to be able to work über-cool into a sentence that isn't about Uma Thurman and even got to put the two dots over the u. Am I good or what?

This little number on the left (with the wanky name "Revive Spirit") is part of a range of electric bikes that our mex will soon be offering from her new Newtown shop dikes'R'us...ah sorry...that should read bikes'R'us.

"The Revive Spirit is unlike any bicycle you’ve ever seen or ridden. The Revive Spirit offers a Lithium Ion powered electric ride with a comfortable reclining position and cushion-like under-seat suspension. The bike can be ridden with pedal-activated power, throttle-only power (no pedaling), and with cruise control. It includes an integrated cycling computer, front and rear lights, and a bike so infinitely adjustable that it can feel like the bike was made for you!

The Revive Spirit is a three speed, semi-recumbent cycle with multiple electric power modes. It includes an under-seat suspension system, highly-adjustable seat, seat back, and handlebars, and front and rear lights.

The Revive Spirit is made by Giant Bicycles, one of the world’s largest bicycle companies."

This little baby tops out at 16 mph. (about 25kph, say) but if you want something with a bit more grunt but just as cool you can swing your buttocks over this beauty - the "E-go" (gotta love the name) and scream through the city at a mind-blowing 20 mph ( 30-something k.p.h.). 231239-278074-thumbnail.jpg
The E-Go
The rich forex traders amongst us will probably opt for the Deluxe E-go. Called the E-go Cycle 2 LX, it's identical to the E-go Cycle 2 but has front and rear turn signals, dual mirrors, license plate holder, electric horn, speedometer, and handle bar mounted lighting controls. Wooah baby! I'm coming. It's available in "Very Well Red" or "Black Tie". Price = AU$2150 or US$1675

Want more? Mex says they'll also be offering The TidalForce i0 Cruiser.231239-278086-thumbnail.jpg
The TidalForce i0 Cruiser
Who names these things? The Chinese? Sounds like the early Japanese cars - you know the Datsun "Bluebird", the Nissan "Cedric", the Datsun "Fairlady Z", the "Toyopet". Come to think of it, Cedric might go down a treat in Newtown. And then, of course, there's the Isuzu "Light Dump", and the Mazda "Bongo". And don't forget the VW "Thing".

"TidalForce bicycles are unlike any other bicycle available (unless you look into the future). Not only cool and rugged, they are also the highest-tech bikes on the market.

These bicycles incorporate the Wavecrest Adaptive Motor system to deliver power with the touch of your thumb. Though incredibly powerful, the motor is also essentially silent and vibration-free. The result is both acceleration and exhilaration.

You can pedal on your own without using the motor or you can use the motor without pedaling. For the greatest range, you can pedal while using the motor and experience a ride unlike any you've ever had before. (I want some of that!)

The TidalForce bicycles are the only bicycles on the market that incorporate regenerative braking: the regenerative brakes recharge the battery to give you greater range."

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Frank Byrnes
No, they didn't say degenerative wanking, Frank. But maybe they should have. And mex, baby, you gotta ditch that name - The TidalForce - that sucks dogballs. Nobody's gonna say "Check out my new TidalForce" let alone "Check out my new TidalForce i0 Cruiser". Maybe you should just stick to "Cruiser". Yeah, that might work. Um...any discount for the Maladjusted ones here, mex?

Specs and propaganda - www.myebike.com

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Reader Comments (35)

Ooooooooooooooo, shudder cringe.

Byrnesey, I always pictured you differently
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Pervy
when i saw him, his 'package' was way smaller in leotards.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
And that is my full aero winter suit too.
You should see the summer one!
Lambe, yer a cunt!
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFrank
These new fangled electric bikes are certainly a step up from the ridiculously noisy petrol powered home made ones I see around my way. Harleys make less noise than those things!
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
I preferred looking at the photo of not-mex, Mal. This one is giving me the heebies...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
Relax WJ, just pretend it is actually a photo of Chesty.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFrank
Your funny, frank.

Hey WJ I have a law type question - is there a place I can find statutes online? I know where to find legislation, but I to find a statute.

I think.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue
Oh come on WJ - Here I was thinking you were comfortable with your sexuality.

Does the Dane know?
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
But Frank, I have met Chesty, and that is a very harsh call (although unintended I'm sure).

That photo, on the other hand, is just wrong...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
You have to wonder what that creature has in "his" bag.
Then again maybe not.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFrank
have you tried austlii?

When you say statute, you may be after legislation, as we use it in a different sense to the yanks.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
I have no idea. I'm trying to figure out if an objection has been made 'on statutory grounds' or not (because I don't think it has) but don't know quite how.

Thanks.

Now back to fun before Mal jumps on the shop talk ...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue
Morning y'all.
Try this link, la Rue.
http://www.austlii.edu.au/
It's your one-stop DIY legal resource...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
something "on statutory grounds" would relate to legislation, so have a look on austlii for the relevant law (or statute). in this instance it is just another way of saying 'on the basis of legislation'...

ok, no more shoptalk. The bill is in the mail...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
Ooops...I see WJ has already pointed austlii out.
I really must start reading other people's posts...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
Bite the bullet Chesty.
Yer probably going to gaol!
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFrank
You'd make an excellent legislative draftstrout, la Rue.
You could waffle for pages and pages, never quite getting to the point but at the same time covering every conceivable option that came to mind...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
Thanks law-types (wow - work related blogging! I'm not even minimising the screen as my boss goes by ...)

I'll just forward the bill to my irritating clients, so bring it on.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterC LaRue
Yeah...you might want to check the links with your name on it too, fingers.
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMandrake
no worries fingers, good to see others taking my one area of expertise (such as it is).

Had a couple of friends over last night, the female half of whom is preggers. Nevertheless they turned up with a nice old Lakes Folly Chardy. Naturally, I felt compelled to return the favour, so we cracked a 1993 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz. Both were crackers, but the Dane isn't much of a wine drinker, and the preggers friend was out, so my mate and I knocked off those 2 and then the tokay came out... not recommended for a Wednesday night...
February 22, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ

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