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In most of the American cities with the worst traffic, such as Los Angeles, Houston, Honolulu or the Bay Area, commuters are constrained by hills, heat and sprawling distances.

Electric bikes, which have motors attached to them, were meant to solve some of those problems, but often end up being prohibitively expensive. Some e-bike lines’ most basic models start above $1200, and can easily surpass $2000.

So FlyKly’s Niko Klansek decided to “turn an ordinary bike into a smart bike.”

“We want to make cities more livable, and make them more people -- not car -- friendly,” says Klansek.

Enter the Smart Wheel, a wheel that can replace almost any bike’s back tire. The wheel hub has a self-contained, battery-powered motor that can propel a bike at speeds as high as 20 miles per hour for as far as 30 miles on one charge. The wheel recharges itself when coasting downhill...

Smart Wheel By FlyKly Could Change Everything About Commuting

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