Will I have to pay VAT, GST, Import duties etc…?
Customers outside the EU and USA will be responsible for their own import fees and duties as determined by their own customs. Please check with your local government for rates and details.
Do you ship to my country?
We will ship worldwide. However, if you find that the shipping cost for a single bike to your country is too high, you might want to consider a group buy with 4 other friends. We can arrange for air freight to a major airport at significantly lower shipping prices. Please contact us for details.
How much is shipping to my country?
Shipping fees for a single Twicycle are:
USA- $65, Canada- $175, UK- $49, Germany- $99, EU and Europe $139, Russia- $139, *Australia- $312, *India- $239, *Rest of the world- $349. Add your Twicycle to cart and select ‘Caluclate Shipping’ and ‘Update Total’ to confirm your shipping price
*See previous answer for shipping options for group buy to get a better deal.
When will I receive my Twicycle?
We plan to begin delivering bikes end of Jan 2018. We’ll keep you regularly updated on the process as we move along.
Will the bike need assembly?
Some usual assembly will be required and we will provide detailed instructions.
I want one! Where do I buy please?
You can pre-order your Twicycle on our pre-order page whilst it’s still in pre-production at half price of what it will cost in shops (limited time and quantity only). The money you pay now will be used to get the very first run of bikes manufactured and that is why we are offering it at COST price.
Hurry or you’ll be kicking yourself when you see the price go up!
How do I brake? Won’t all the cables get all mangled up with the cranks turning?
The brakes are located on the handles and in a position which would be similar to a normal drop bar on a road bike. The brakes are the usual road caliper brakes. The cables don’t get mangled up as they are attached to handles with are always horizontal and connected to your hands… they simply move up and down.
It looks like too much coordination! Riding a bike is hard enough let alone having to use your arms as well…
There is absolutely no special coordination required!
When given to absolute beginners, in our tests ALL were able to use it immediately on the first go. See short video of one of the open days here (click to see)
Because the handlebars are parallel it comes very natural to first time users and no different to riding a normal bike.
Learning to skate, skateboard, ski, waterski etc are all much much harder to learn yet people learn that in matter of hours or minutes. TwiCycle is incredibly easy to use.
A chainring /sprocket right underneath your chin…is there any protection from it?
There is a Chest PAD where the rider is resting his chest on. The pad is in such a position that it keeps one’s face a considerable distance away from the chain/chainring so that it can’t come into contact with one another.
An optional chain guard can also be fitted for those who feel the added accessory would benefit them and can be purchased as the extra accessory here directly from us.
Can my fingers get caught in the chain while riding?
The chain can ONLY turn if the rider is turning it. The moment the rider stops turning the bars, the chain stops turning too… And the time you’re turning the handlebars, your fingers can not possibly be anywhere near the chain as they would be firmly on the actual handles.
Does it have the option to lock the handlebars so you don’t have to use arms?
Yes it does!
There is a separate optional accesory which when engaged locks the handlebars in “drop bar” position and allows TwiCycle to be used like a normal road bike. Note that the hand grips will still have some movement but the whole crank system will not be able to turn.
The Locking Mechanism / Chainguard accessory will be made available online when ready (Projected March 2018)
Do I always have to use both legs and arms?
You can use only legs… only arms…or any combination of those. The arms drive the front wheel and the legs drive the back wheel completely independent of each other.
Do the handlebars always turn or can I stop turning them and still keep coasting?
The system currently used on the handlebars is the standard ‘freewheel’ system which means that you can stop pedaling your arms at any time and just coast…
Watch when that chain gets caught in the front wheel!
Watch when the back chain gets caught too!
The front wheel drive mechanism is no different to a normal rear wheel mechanism and this has been tried and tested for a 100 years. The risks are the same as for any other standard bicycle.
And with Twicycle even if the chain derails it still only drops a few inches and then stops at handlebars so it’s even safer than the rear drive chain as it doesn’t flap around but stays under tension from derailleur.
Can I isolate muscle groups, or do I always have to do full body workout?
Yes you can.
The great thing about TwiCycle is that you can actually separate your workout into different muscle groups on different days.
Mondays: you can use the ‘Pushing’ motion with your arms for half of the turn exercising your chest and triceps only.. The bike keeps coasting so you don’t have to provide power on the remaining ‘pull’ stroke… or you can help out for that half of the stroke with your legs. You can also wind the handlebars BACK to reset for another PUSH only motion using it like a BENCH PRESS machine.
Tuesdays: you can use the PULL motion only for half the turn exercising only your lats and biceps. This would be like using a ROWING machine!
Wednesdays: Use your legs only as a normal bicycle.
The low riding position looks like it could do damage to your neck/back?
It is no worse than any other road/race bicycle. Professional athletes have been using bikes with even lower aero positions with no evidence of any side effects.
Included Chest Pad on which the rider rests all of their upper body weight, alleviates the stress from the back therefore making twicycle even more comfortable than a normal road bike.
What’s it like for a daily urban commute? Or is more aimed at exercise and work out?
You can do either. Depending on how hard you push. Handling is just like a regular bike once you get used to it.
Would this be useful for extra traction on a steep uphill/dirt road? Like a 4WD car?
Yes, Just like a 4WD car, TwiCycle is the bike equivalent of that. Having drive on both wheels increases traction two fold so you no longer have to have the rear wheel just spin and give no drive forcing you to walk the rest of the uphill. The mountain bike version (coming in the future) will demonstrate this even further.
Have you considered offsetting the handlebar pedals by 180 degrees?
180 degree offset pedals work well for legs but are not desirable for the arms as it’s not great for steering… The current version with handles parallel is completely stable and feels immediately natural to first time users.