For those who follow bike trends, the Copenhagen Wheel has been on the horizon for years. The red-hubbed wheel sounds like a dream come true — an easy, one-step way to add electric assist to your already existing bike.
Now it's finally available in the U.S., and anyone who has been thinking about an e-bike should give it a test ride. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the 350-watt motor provides assistance to the rider. You still need to pedal, but it will help you maintain a 20 mph speed with much less energy.
It's especially nice for bike commuters who don't want to get sweaty when dressed for work or those who have trouble climbing hills or covering longer distances. It also allows cyclists of varying ability to ride together.
The biggest selling point is its ease of installation. You can attach it to your bike, pair it with an app on your phone and be ready to ride up to 30 miles in a single charge.
The sticker price isn't cheap ($1,749), but when compared to other electronic motor options, it makes a lot of sense if you already own a bike. It turns out that the Copenhagen Wheel was worth the wait.