The Di Blasi trike: A different kind of green tech hybrid

Last year about this time, I brought my neglected 15-year-old GT mountain bike down to a local repair shop for some much-needed TLC. After spurning all sales pitches to invest in a new one, I then dropped nearly as much moolah to get my faithful ride street-legal.

Last year about this time, I brought my neglected 15-year-old GT mountain bike down to a local repair shop for some much-needed TLC. After spurning all sales pitches to invest in a new one, I then dropped nearly as much moolah to get my faithful ride street-legal. And there it sits, tires going flat in the garage. Chalk it up to the hills in my New Jersey town, which are a little bit too intense for my desk-job thighs. New Year's Resolution #1 ...

So, what to do for quick trips into town? Oh, for the old moped I used to share with my brothers in high school. Actually, scratch that. I don't even want to know how fuel-inefficient it was. Today, there are so many more interesting options available to folks like me who are trying to avoid taking the car out except when necessary for longer treks. One possibility is the Di Blasi R34 Electric Folding Trike from Folding Motorbike that I just got pitched on last week. (It actually was introduced during the summer, but Di Blasi is preying on people like me who are thinking about year-end gifts and year-end green resolutions).

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A base model of the trike starts around $1,500. Adding an electric motor brings the starting price up around $2,700.

Di Blasi has actually been making folding bicycles and motor bikes for about 40 years, so I guess you could say they have a little experience. Will I be buying one. Not with my freelance journalist's salary, but I figured this entry might get people thinking.

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