David McCormick has recently started to import an electric fold-up from China which he has named ‘Shrinkabike’. The Shrinkabike was presented at the Start Eco Spectacular, a display and parade of green vehicles last September 12 in front of Buckingham Palace, organised under the auspices of Prince Charles.
Amongst all the electric racing cars and motorcycles, e-scoots, pedelecs and Segways, David stood out because he was cleverly using one of his e-bikes to tow another one, folded up in a trailer that he made himself. Based in Surbiton, on the borders of South West London and Surrey, David started his e-bike business in a low key way last June at Barnes Fair, displaying the machines alongside the wooden artefacts that used to be his core business; Barnes is one of the most desirable and up-market parts of London because it retains a village feel, complete with a pond and common, despite being less than 10kms from the centre of the metropolis.
“Barnes Fair was ideal because people were able to try the bikes on the spot and we got very positive feedback,” said McCormick. He also has a place on the Isle of Wight and took advantage of the Island’s Cycle week in September to promote his product there. There were also a lot of other attractions there, such as classic cars, which helped to add interest to the main event in Newport.
The Shrink-a-bike has both pedal sensor-assist and hand throttle with three modes of power. The frame is magnesium alloy while the forks and seat post are steel. The conventional human-powered side of the drivetrain uses a 6-speed Shimano derailleur. To ensure quality and a reliable supply of the machines, McCormick has a Chinese friend and business partner on the ground in China. He claims a range of 15 miles and up to two hours of assisted cycling from the Lithium battery, which can be quickly removed for easy charging. More information from: www.shrinkabike.co.uk