In a city such as San Francisco, the hilly terrain can make the already difficult task of getting people out of cars and onto bicycles quite insurmountable. But a local company, Faraday Bicycles, plans to make traveling around the city more appealing with a new e-bike dubbed the Faraday Porteur.
The Faraday Porteur is the company’s answer to the cargo bicycle first used by newspaper couriers in Paris. The bikes made it possible to carry heavy loads on the front rack. While it is an electric bike, there are no clunky battery packs in sight. Instead, the lithium batteries that power the pedal assist mode of the bike are hidden in the frame. A one-hour charge can provide 10-15 miles of assisted pedaling making climbing those pesky hills a breeze. Sensors help to match the electric motor to the strokes so that a regular speed is maintained. The styling of this bike harks back to the era when bikes were used for work and commuting rather than just sport. The ivory paint finish works beautifully with leather details on the seat, handles and crossbar bag (perfect for your wallet, keys and phone). The bent wood fenders are another big plus, making the Faraday Porteur the envy of other cyclists. The front rack can easily accommodate a wide variety of cargoes and has a quick-release mechanism streamlining delivery.
Faraday has managed to meld old-school styling with modern battery technology to create a bike that is as easy on the eyes as it is on the legs. Help the Faraday Porteur become a reality by visiting kickstarter.