A New Smart Bike That Costs Only $20 a Month

When I first heard that Vanmoof (Amsterdam-based bike company) is launching a subscription service for its bikes here in New York City, I was intrigued. For roughly $20 a month you get to ride a smart bike, with no hidden fees, free servicing, and a robust anti-theft program. I rushed to Vanmoof’s Brooklyn showroom to pick one up and give it a closer look while using it to hop from one culture spot to another.

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Out in Cobble Hill with my new Smart X, a new smaller model
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On the bike’s frame, right under the logo — an anti-tampering system is installed with a built-in loudspeaker. Anyone who touches the bike will get a deafening siren sound if you’ve set the bike on alarm
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The first time you set up the bike’s smart features, you’ll need to download an app (available for iPhone and Android)
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Handles made of tough but comfortable foam material
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The lower-than-usual frame bar makes it easy to get on and off the bike. The fully enclosed chain is great to ride in all kinds of longs pants or with hanging bags
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The Smart X with three speeds allows to get on small hills with little to no effort. The 8-speed model will handle more extreme landscapes like that of Pittsburg or San Francisco
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