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Jivr | Bike: the chainless, folding, beacon-enabled electric bike

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To work, post-haste!

Urban commuters have a new way to get around. The Jivr | Bike is a folding electric bicycle that talks to your smartphone and tablet.

There's no chain as well. So it can't come off halfway through your journey to work, and you won't arrive with oil slicks up your suit trousers. Instead, it uses a mechanical drivetrain that's built into the bike's frame. It's completely maintenance free, so no more oily fingers for you. The battery range is 20 miles, which should be more than enough to get you to work and back.

When the battery runs out, or you just fancy getting some exercise, it works as a standard pedal bike too.

It folds like a Brompton, so you can take it into the office, pubs and restaurants. It takes mere seconds – four moves, and it's ready to be carried. And it weighs less than 15kg.

It works with your smartphone too. Fire up the app, dock your phone on the handlebars, and you can see how far you've gone, calories burned, and use GPS to find your way.

Thanks to open-ended iBeacon tech developed by Kontakt.io, it can interact with any smart device, be it a smartwatch or tablet. As long as developers have made them compatible, you're laughing.

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The firm also runs a 48-hour, free service to your door. As long as your bike is in warranty, they'll come and fix it or replace, free of charge.

It's London-Based, and looks very promising. It's passed its £70,000 funding goal, and should ship in September. If you're quick, you can nab one for £699, instead of the £1,999 retail price.

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