Marc by Marc Jacobs top (no longer available)
Talbots 5″ Washed Silk Cargo Shorts in Black (courtesy of Talbots)
MiMi by Sorrelli necklace, (courtesy of Sorrelli)
Ray Ban Wayfarer Limited Edition Rare Print Sunglasses (courtesy of ShadesDaddy.com)
Fioni Black Gladiator Sandals, Payless (no longer available)
The bike: the FlyKly Modern
There’s nothing quite like summer in the city — and getting around in style! I was invited to give a new kind of bike, the FlyKly, a test run from its new Pop-Up Store at Kenmare and Elizabeth Street in NoLiTa. These electric bicycles, available in the “Modern” and “vintage” styles go up to 20 miles per hour, eluding a license requirement, insurance, and giving you the option to take it anywhere you would a bike. So that means: in the bike lane, on the street, parking it at bike spots, and even negotiating a cheap cheap rate (1/10th to be exact) of the monthly rate, if you choose to keep it in a garage. For $1900 you get the bike, a one-year warranty, free monthly tune-ups, a super-efficient and environmentally friendly way to get around, and of course, the ultimate coolness factor.
[Pictured: the “Vintage” Style”]
More about FlyKly: Niko Klansek , Founder and CEO, came up with the idea after traveling in Asia, loving electric bikes, and after nine months of research and development, brought great style, and efficiency to the concept; with a full battery charge, you’ll get 40 miles to ride around on, and can easily remove the battery and charge it anywhere. A full charge will only cost five cents worth of electricity, and you can secure your bike via a Kryptonite lock, full body cover, and a GPS device that can send a message to your phone letting you know your bike is moving! This is the ideal vehicle for getting around NYC, and if you want the extra exercise, go ahead and peddle instead. If you live in another city, FlyKly will ship you your bike for free, and you can use a service provider in the area shall you need repairs (all of the parts can be easily ordered online). Check out the video for a step-by-step, how-to of the FlyKly.
I’ve gone around on Vespas and small motos in Europe before, and this felt similar, with my boyfriend and I both easily fitting on the bike and carefully navigating our way through the afternoon traffic. I have to sheepishly admit that I felt very cool riding around on the FlyKly, and definitely let me know if you want to make a donation to my “buy Julia a FlyKly fund”…
[the FlyKly pop-up at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, open daily from 12pm to 10pm.]