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Old 03-27-13, 11:45 AM   #1
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Groundbreaking

This is just amazing. A groundbreaking feat of design and engineering.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4_pnastHOQ

Maybe I'm just in a bad mood today but I found this really annoying. Maybe I should redirect my negative energy into something positive like taking a 16" wheeled unicycle, adding folding pedals and then marketing it as the ultimate in lightweight compact urban transport. It's easy to store, small, light, doesn't have a dirty drive train and is easily transported through turnstiles and onto public transportation. I'd like to see how many people applaud that.
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Old 03-27-13, 12:41 PM   #2
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that's a hilarious video! i'm still waiting for the innovation .... ..... ..... .....
oh yeah - i get it! there is NO Innovation...

Certainly takes balls to get up on stage and present so little.
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Old 03-27-13, 01:15 PM   #3
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Yes I'm the type of guy who can't refrain from poking his tongue into the cavity of a broken tooth despite knowing the amount of pain I'll experience. I've watched this video, as well as another of his, over and over with a perverse sense of anticipation and ovewhelming disgust upon listening to his remarks "this is a thing I designed with the manufacturer Schindelhauer" and "I wanted a light bike that I could easily carry upstairs that was fast and cool. I mean a lot of these folding bikes are slower and just not quite as cool...".

Have another PBR mate and just bask in the glow of your genius.
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it looks like he took his earthshattering thin bike design from the Dahon secrets vault (called Flat Pak Technology).
http://dahonbikes.com/mainnav/folding-bikes/single-view/bike/aridus-2.html
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That made me laugh. Where is the actual idea? This guy really did his research!
I'm wondering about "designing" a folding stick with springs and you travel in short hops. You could pop folding pedals on it too. Yes you do get pogo sticks, but some of those are heavy and not so cool.
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The youtube description says:
Designer and life-editor creates bike that's super light and folds.

Wait... he's a life-editor? Really? Anyway, he put a quick release on the stem, somehow that makes it a folding bike.
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Old 03-27-13, 04:01 PM   #7
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The innovation is: an all white, single speed, coaster brake bike with handlebars that fold/rotate to be parallel to the front wheel (hmmm...that last feature is exactly like my 4 year old son's 12" glider bike can do b/c the headset is not tight enough and his handlebars can be turned sideways too). Where else can you find that in a current product? </sarcasm> In all seriousness, while it looks nice and simple, the features are not mass consumer friendly...not many people can use a single speed coaster brake bike or feel comfortable riding one...me included. I am pretty sure I saw this bike on Kickstarter several months ago too.
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Yeah lame. You can actually just add the Speedlifter Twist(the mechanism that allows the bars to turn) to any bike,although it costs 100Euros.

Just for fun,did some Googling and came up with this:
http://www.nlock.ch/

That would actually be cool if it also allowed you to lock the steering like on a motorcycle.
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I guess I can consider myself a designer then because a few years ago I took one of my parts bin ahead stems, removed the steering stem pinch bolt and replaced it with a seat post quick release. Granted it doesn't ratchet but the bars can still be twisted sideways to be inline with the front wheel and frame.

Honestly, I've seen far more impressive innovations and designs executed by people here on this forum in their kitchens/workshops. Please forgive my venomous rant but this self proclaimed designer has less reason to boast than my grand daughter did when she learned to tie her shoes.

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Old 03-28-13, 12:26 PM   #10
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Wow he has managed to make my efforts make me look like a genius!!
Even sader that people are applauding this rubbish.
He should have a look on the internet before making claimes that fitting a ready available stem and fold pedles is a concept/novel.
Rant rant etc
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