Halfbike – a review

I have been asked quite a few questions over the last couple of months about the Halfbike, so please see my FAQ posted on October 25, 2016 for an update.

Until this year I’d never had anything happen that stopped me running for any length of time. It was fortunate that I happened to have bought a Halfbike from a Kickstarter campaign, and it had arrived just a couple of months before.

It was also fortunate that I was able to use this while I wasn’t able to run (the muscle issues I had didn’t seem to manifest themselves when using this).

When I first got it (back in November) it took about half an hour to put together, and then about 10 minutes of failing to stay on before I was able to comfortably ride up and down the street.

After this it pretty much got ignored for the winter until February where I had issues that prevented me from running for a few weeks, right in the middle of marathon training. I substituted my training runs with riding the halfbike, joining my running club group runs on it (although eventually I did get too fast to stay with them so would circle around to rejoin), and honestly having fun. I successfully managed to get through 11 miles of riding, which I had initially thought would be difficult.

Out with the club

It was also perfect for riding with the kids

It was also perfect for riding with the kids

Luckily I was able to get back to running with about a month to go before the marathon, but had to build up slowly so I was still making use of the Halfbike.

Overall, the marathon was a success, I got through it comfortably and I don’t doubt it was because I was able to keep my fitness level up using this.

Following this I was happy to be chosen as a Halfbike ambassador – I have taught friends how to ride and can offer a 5% discount code to anyone who is interested in buying one. If you’re in NJ, and we happen to be at the same races, or if you can make it to an RVRR run, I’d be happy to bring it along to let you try it out. Alternatively, if you’re already sold on it, ask me for a discount code.

EDIT: Since I posted the following statement, it seems that you can buy the single speed again – I’m assuming that at the time it was out of stock or something – I have the single speed but now I believe that it only comes in a 3 speed option (which means I wouldn’t have to get off when going up the hills – the single speed can make that difficult)

I have been asked quite a few questions over the last couple of months about the Halfbike, so please see my FAQ posted on October 25, 2016 for an update.