Ben Wilson in Sinclair X-1 (2010)

A rare shot of Sir Clive Sinclair's last pedelec, the distinctly FF and recumbent X-1. As seen in TV news reports in 2010. It's being ridden here by Ben Wilson, the man who actually built it. This electrically assisted bicycle looked to have a lot more potential than the ill-fated C5 e-trike of the mid-80s but sadly never made it into production. The proposed selling price was a preposterously cheap £500 when it needed to be at least £1,000 (in my opinion). The wheels are a bit small and there doesn't appear to be any suspension, which would give a painfully bumpy ride over potholes. Also, power was only 200w instead of 250w but it was narrow enough to get through bicycle-sized gaps and high enough to be safely visible to other road users. Compare and contrast with the latest (2017) 250w prototype etrike, the Iris, produced by Sir Clive's nephew Grant Sinclair which, at the time of writing, (October 2017) looks as if it will make it into production. See here: http://www.bikeweb.com/node/3247 PNB
Many thanks to Ben Wilson for the photo.

Ben Wilson in Sinclair X-1 (2010)