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    I bought a Dreamslide stand up bike

    I have been trying to find parts for the Dreamslide. I can get no response from the people in France or the USA. Their website is up. Its pretty impressive, but very much like a ghost ship. Looks inhabited but then the boarding crew discovers no one is on board. The Dreamslide company is afloat on the open sea of the world wide web with no one steering it. No one being redirected to caring folks in the Phillipenes who, for a reasonable price will "handle" your customers while you... whatever. What happened to the crew? Where's the captain?

    Is the Dreamslide finished? Is the company out of business or are we just closed til spring? There are places in the world where its spring when you are in winter, Dreamslide. Had you thought of that? Customers might need parts or have questions.

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    How did you like it? (the bike, not the company)
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    I like the Dreamslide. I was riding it every day we had good weather and taking longer rides. I was getting better at pacing myself. It took the weight off my hands and crotch. I had had hand problems (tingling). My crotch was often uncomfortable with gel pants and a good seat so this was offering me relief. The Dreamslide was fun.

    I went back to my old bike and almost fell off because I pushed down on the pedal and it only rolled a couple feet (low gear). I was trying to put my foot in the basket too soon. Took me a few minutes to be able to ride a regular bike again and it now seemed strange. How can people stand all this butt pain, I thought. How do you get anywhere when you're not using your full body weight to push forward all the time? I did like the gears and sometimes it was nice to sit down, but it all seemed really weird after a few days on the Dreamslide.

    But don't take this as some kind of total conversion to stand up bikeing or total endorsement of Dreamslide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarySnax View Post
    I like the Dreamslide. I was riding it every day we had good weather and taking longer rides. I was getting better at pacing myself. It took the weight off my hands and crotch. I had had hand problems (tingling). My crotch was often uncomfortable with gel pants and a good seat so this was offering me relief. The Dreamslide was fun.

    I went back to my old bike and almost fell off because I pushed down on the pedal and it only rolled a couple feet (low gear). I was trying to put my foot in the basket too soon. Took me a few minutes to be able to ride a regular bike again and it now seemed strange. How can people stand all this butt pain, I thought. How do you get anywhere when you're not using your full body weight to push forward all the time? I did like the gears and sometimes it was nice to sit down, but it all seemed really weird after a few days on the Dreamslide.

    But don't take this as some kind of total conversion to stand up bikeing or total endorsement of Dreamslide.
    How did you find the speed and endurance compaired to a regular bike?
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    Its pretty fast. You are always using your full weight to push forward. With each pedal your entire body weight goes to propelling yourself so you go fast and you get tired. You have to learn to lift your rear foot slower so you don't get all winded because you don't want to get so weak that you can't hang on.

    Because you are always standing though, you present yourself in an unaerodynamic way. You are like a sheet of plywood going into the wind (if you have the dimensions of a sheet of plywood). On a bike its easy to tuck quite a bit. This is less natural on the Dreamslide although you can duck sometimes. Because of this position I think it is wiser to remain at slower speed. The force of wind resistance goes by the square of the speed so going faster quickly becomes less efficient. You must find your appropriate speed. Also, going downhill you cannot switch to a higher gear because there are no gears. You start in high. Instead of going for distance, enjoy the swishing around. The manuverability is fun.

    And yet I still did 15 miles. I felt I could get that up to 30 and someone fitter could do a lot more. I think the pedaling system is brilliant and should be adopted by more bikes. It is easier on the knees and very clever. People who have numbness and tingling problems might be helped by the stand up cycling designs. That's why I'm interested in it. I need to do more tests. While using the Dreamslide, my hands got tired from gripping or clutching but they never got numb or tingly.

    I did feel some foot discomfort when doing long coasts. I just don't like to keep my feet flat, immobile and tense as when doing long descents. For some reason it makes my feet ache. That goes away when i start to pedal again.

    Getting off is so easy. Getting on you have to be careful in placement. At least I do. Younger, skilled, unafraid people might have this come more natural to them but I tried to take off slow and checked my foot position several times.

    So far it does not draw much attention. Maybe its too cold. People just hustle from their cars to their stores. One guy gave it a long look. That's about it. He ran into a coffee shop. I sat outside in a chair, panting and sweating, trying to get my heartbeat back into down into the 200 zone.

    When I rode my normal bike, I couldn't go as far. I have to work up my stamina on that. I think I can go further eventually, but the excitement of something new helps propel me on the dreamslide.

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    Last I heard they are still in Business.


    The Dreamslide, like most of this crazy bikes are engineered and built by Pacific Cycles, what parts are you looking for? I can check if they have any available, no promises though!


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    The drive roller has come apart. Can you get that and the screw that holds it in place?

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    Dreamslide is alive and well



    Greetings and Salutations from the North American Division of Dreamslide World Wide.


    Let me set a couple of either rumors or bad intel to rest.…….Dreamslide is alive and well. It is not or never was engineered in any other facility except in Bures sur Yvette, France. The inventor, Jean-Marc Gobillard has 20 or more worldwide patents on the APS system which is what makes the Dreamslide the most unique elliptical fitness cycle in the world.

    I am in the United States and head up our North American division. The Dreamslide was marketed and distributed here in late 2011 and sold out of Dreamslide 1 in a matter of 4 months. It was not designed for North America entirely, but as a way to find out if the need and want was here. It was more than we could have ever imagined

    The Dreamslide idea is very much alive and Research and Development has tirelessly designed a 2nd generation Dreamslide which is currently in test. I have seen it and the only competition that we had in 2011 and now has as price of well over 2x our retail price. Weight is within 5 lbs of the Dreamslide Gen 1. With all the versatility and 20 second transportation that make it the Dreamslide.

    The next question is when. Our quality control standards are the best in the cycle industry and only after it has been tested for well over 6000 hours and meets our extremely high quality standards will I then be given to all clear to take orders. The waiting list is quite extensive and our competition is fully aware of the magnitude of what is coming. We have everything that our competition can’t duplicate and will have our markets well stocked with the worlds lightest, safest and the most fun on a bike you can have at a price you can afford.

    The reference to engineered and manufactured in Asia is only half correct. Our manufacturer is in Asia and we did everything we could to build it in the US and France but it was not even close to cost to end user. We want everyone to able to experience skiing, skate boarding, the only true elliptical fitness machine or bike on 2 wheels.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any question or concerns in the interim.

    We will make an announcement in all the pertinent blogs and online at the exact same time.

    For The Finest in Fitness,

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    sounds great, man. love the drivetrain design. now, all you need is... a saddle!

    watching this video actually made me tired:


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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    ... love the drivetrain design...
    It is interesting. I'd like to take one for a test ride to get a feel for the pedal stroke. I wonder if the complexity of the drive is worth the effect... I'm reminded of Biopace chainrings and how they never really caught on yet it was a simple design. Also I think this would be a more marketable package if it folded somewhat. If I had the time I would like to get a Citizen Tokyo and modify it (rework the frame to lower the BB) into something like this. Maybe even this Omega would be a better candidate.
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    Hi,

    I'd take on anyone riding that ludicrous contraption
    over any sort of distance on my very budget folder.

    rgds, sreten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    I'd take on anyone riding that ludicrous contraption
    over any sort of distance on my very budget folder.

    rgds, sreten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    Hi,

    I think you need to change your medication.

    rgds, sreten.

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    "How can people stand all this butt pain, I thought." That generally involves finding a saddle that doesn't hurt in the first place. If you wear shoes and they hurt, it doesn't mean you quit wearing shoes, you just go find some shoes that don't hurt.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwrimmer3 View Post
    Greetings and Salutations from the North American Division of Dreamslide World Wide.

    Let me set a couple of either rumors or bad intel to rest.…….Dreamslide is alive and well. It is not or never was engineered in any other facility except in Bures sur Yvette, France. The inventor, Jean-Marc Gobillard has 20 or more worldwide patents on the APS system which is what makes the Dreamslide the most unique elliptical fitness cycle in the world.

    I am in the United States and head up our North American division. The Dreamslide was marketed and distributed here in late 2011 and sold out of Dreamslide 1 in a matter of 4 months. It was not designed for North America entirely, but as a way to find out if the need and want was here. It was more than we could have ever imagined

    <image and marketing tripe snipped for brevity>

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    I'm sure it will cure dandruff too.
    The OP's issue was, they're broken or worn out some apparently proprietary part(s) on their 1st gen Dreamslide and need replacements.
    The OP has stated they're unable to get a response from your customer service regarding replacement parts.
    I think most of the bicycle enthusiasts on this board like their bikes to be repairable rather than disposable.
    Unless "lasts forever" becomes another part of your marketing hype.

    OP: If you're still checking this board, possibly you could find another broken Dreamslide on craigslist locally and buy it cheap to use for spare parts. Unless of course it also had a broken roller-whatsis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    I'd take on anyone riding that ludicrous contraption
    over any sort of distance on my very budget folder.

    rgds, sreten.
    I support this notion.

    Does anyone with a Dreamsicle, er - Dreamslide, want to step up to the challenge? We also need to have someone shoot video of the match race. I will do my part by serving as bookmaker. Odds will be posted after I learn more about the competitors.

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    sreten - I have you booked in another race against bassnotbass on his Citizen. Please let me know how much time you would like between the challenges.

    Also, if you could forward me some info on recent performance, training regimen, etc it would help me formulate the opening odds. Do you prefer to compete on home turf, or are you willing to travel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDiamonDog View Post
    sreten - I have you booked in another race against bassnotbass on his Citizen. Please let me know how much time you would like between the challenges.

    Also, if you could forward me some info on recent performance, training regimen, etc it would help me formulate the opening odds. Do you prefer to compete on home turf, or are you willing to travel?
    Hi,

    I'm 50+, smoke a lot and average (low for my age) weight. No
    Eddy Merckx, but use to run quite bit, not that fast but not slow.

    I'm not fast on a bike and don't claim to be, though I'm
    getting faster overall, with a very gradual training regime,
    which basically involves mileage and not trying too hard.

    So anyone young and fit should be able to give me a hard
    time on the "dreamslide" versus my folder, or on a standard
    folder versus my road bike. Thing is I don't know how fast I
    can go if I really try hard, but from running I can pace that.

    The result will depend mostly on the physics, I'm assuming
    in both cases I have a big advantage, otherwise I'm stuffed.

    I'm offering, so home turf only.
    My folder is available vs. the road bike.

    , sreten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    I'm 50+, smoke a lot and average (low for my age) weight. No
    Eddy Merckx, but use to run quite bit, not that fast but not slow.

    I'm not fast on a bike and don't claim to be, though I'm
    getting faster overall, with a very gradual training regime,
    which basically involves mileage and not trying too hard.

    So anyone young and fit should be able to give me a hard
    time on the "dreamslide" versus my folder, or on a standard
    folder versus my road bike. Thing is I don't know how fast I
    can go if I really try hard, but from running I can pace that.

    The result will depend mostly on the physics, I'm assuming
    in both cases I have a big advantage, otherwise I'm stuffed.

    I'm offering, so home turf only.
    My folder is available vs. the road bike.

    , sreten.
    Excellent sreten - this is very helpful. Since these Match Race challenges are starting to pop up I have been thinking about a fair way to arrange them.

    First, I think that the person who is being challenged should be allowed to host - that is, the race should occur on his home turf, somewhat like in the days of duels, the challengee chose the weapons. So, for your race against bassnotbass, you would be at home, but against the Dreamslider, you may have to travel.

    Secondly, I think it is important to conduct the race so that both parties can save face. I would hate to see one our forumites humiliated as a result of participating in a match race after being such a good sport to enter the fray. So, as bookie, I would assess the abilities of each participant and develop a course such that each has an equal chance of winning, and then set the odds the same for each contestant. For example, in your match against bassnotbass I would call for a "There and Back Again" course where you both ride out, round a pylon or mark and return on the same course. One leg would be downhill in which you would have the advantage pedaling your higher geared bike while bassnotbass, in an egg-like aerodyanmic tuck, watched you pulling away. After the turn bass would start to close on you as age, the smoking and other habits, that you haven't mentioned, took their toll. If I handicap the race properly bass will catch you just as you cross the finish line. In reality, one of you will be having a better day, or through guile, will prevail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDiamonDog View Post
    ... while bassnotbass, in an egg-like aerodyanmic tuck, watched you pulling away...
    Are you suggesting that I'm of foul fowl character?
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
    Are you suggesting that I'm of foul fowl character?
    Only when it gives you an edge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDiamonDog View Post
    Only when it gives you an edge...
    Sheee... keepin a brother down.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Hi,

    If anyone wants to take me on my road bike
    on a standard folder my rules are simple.

    35 mile route with two pub stops.
    First leg is about 65 mins.
    Second leg about 40 mins.
    30 mins as the last leg back to Brighton
    can't be raced safely, so it doesn't count.

    The first leg route is a little complicated, so that is a warm
    up. The second leg is the race, the route is very simple.

    rgds, sreten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    If anyone wants to take me on my road bike
    on a standard folder my rules are simple.

    35 mile route with two pub stops.
    First leg is about 65 mins.
    Second leg about 40 mins.
    30 mins as the last leg back to Brighton
    can't be raced safely, so it doesn't count.

    The first leg route is a little complicated, so that is a warm
    up. The second leg is the race, the route is very simple.

    rgds, sreten.
    I took my granddaughter to dinner at her favorite restaurant and we had a good time just chillin and talking about the typical little girlie pink and purple flying pegasus unicorns ridden by princesses type thang.



    As we chatted I brought up the topic of this "challenge"... she was intrigued. Just for fun we logged into my BF account and happened upon sreten's more recent and "enlightening" comments and we both reacted similarly to these interesting race stipulations.


    She stared me point blank in the face and said "Yo Opa... this boy be trippin? Can I get in on this action and ride my white-walled "Hello Kitty" scraper to dust this boy off?

    Haha... kids... you gotta love their chutzpah.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Bass - That granddaughter of yours is quite a sweetie - and a bit of a competitor to boot!

    About the race - correct me if I am wrong (I am too lazy to check) but I believe that there are two challenges in play. One is sreten on his road bike vs you on the citizen, to occur in Brighton. The other is sreten on his folder vs anyone on a Dreamslide.

    sreten has outlined his limitations when he competes on his road bike but I don't think this applies when he is on his folder. Also, since sreten is the challenger vs the Dreamslider, he must travel to the home turf of the Dreamslide rider. This leads to the question, "Would your granddaughter be willing to ride a Dreamslide, instead of her favored Hello Kitty ride?

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