Halfbike FAQ

Since I have been a Halfbike Ambassador I have been asked a lot of questions so I’m going to try to address the most common ones since my original review.

  1. Do you still use the Halfbike?
    1. Yes, but not as much as I should. I was trying to run more often so it got set aside except for the occasional ride to the park with the kids. I got back on it for exercise a couple of weeks ago before my club run, and decided that I really do need to use it more – it was hard work. I guess I was in better shape, or maybe it’s just that my calf muscle issues (very tight right now) made it feel harder. I decided to stop after 2 miles (and then ran 6).
  2. Is the Halfbike good for commuting?
    1. I don’t think I’d be confident enough to do that in high traffic areas or areas with fast traffic without a reasonable amount of space at the side of the road. A large pothole can easily cause problems (although not drastic ones as it is easy to step/jump off if you get unstable) so I’d want to know I had the space to deal with it. If it’s on quiet roads, sure. I prefer to use my folding bike for my commute in Manhattan.
  3. Will the Halfbike fit in my car?
    1. It should – I have a large SUV and don’t even need to fold it. Folded I would imagine it fits easily in most. I did have a smaller car, and to avoid folding it I moved forward the front passenger seat and just put it in behind the seats.
  4. How difficult is it to ride long distances on the Halfbike?
    1. As with any activity you will need to build up at the pace that is right for you. I was able to go from a couple of miles to several miles, to 11 miles early in the year using it regularly. I plan to try to do something similar again so I will update to let you know how I get on when I get around to it.
  5. How hard is it to learn?
    1.  It took me about 15 minutes or so to get moving on it, then about the same to get used to turns (and I still feel like I’m trying to master that – for tight turns at least). I taught a neighbor of mine to move on it in about 10 minutes, and she was turning shallow corners soon after that.
  6. Would you recommend the single or 3-speed version?
    1. I think I would consider the 3-speed if I were to buy a new one, but the only time I’ve wanted it is on steeper hills or at times when I’ve been forced to stop part way up a hill (because it’s impossible, or really tough, to get started again).
  7. Does the Halfbike come with fenders?
    1.  Fenders were, and apparently still are, planned. However, production issues mean that these are still in the development phase. They are hoping to make them available in the coming months, but with a lengthy delay already behind them, it’s not clear at all when that will be.
  8. I have back/neck/other pain – will the Halfbike be okay for me?
    1. I don’t know, sorry!
  9. Do you still have a coupon code?
    1. Yes, email to ask me for a discount code for 5% off and ask any questions you still have. The codes are single use.
  10. Do you get a commission from the makers of Halfbike?
    1. Yes, that’s part of being an ambassador, you get a discount, and for helping you make the decision I get a commission. I do treat all questions seriously and will say if I am not sure it is right for you. I’ve also been happy to help people who have been looking to buy used ones they have found online. I like to think I am not swayed by the deal in how I respond to people – for example, I will say that if you are just wanting it for commute, consider a folding bike instead. It is certainly the case that not everyone has bought one after contacting me.