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    Teach your kid to ride with this spiffy bike!

    Check out this new trike/bike invented at Purdue University:

    http://www.livescience.com/technolog...e_trainer.html



    It's a new concept that starts out as a trike at low speeds, then as the child speeds up and gains some balance, morphs into a bike. It does so by folding the rear wheels inward at the bottom, making the bike behave more like a two-wheeler. You probably won't be able to buy it just yet, though; they haven't signed up any manufacturers yet.

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    That is really cool, yet really dorky looking at the same time. Does the inward folding happen automatically, or is there a manual adjustment somewhere?

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    Looks automatic to me, since there don't seem to be any controls located on the bike. It's meant to be easy to use, so I doubt it's manual.

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    Looks ********, and those wheels would probably bend when the kid ran over a speed bump.

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    Why don't they make a big one? I want one! I imagine the guys making the low-rider bikes will have a field day with this.

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    Now THATS a hollow crank, when is that going to trickle down to the level of the pros?? Neat bike too! Those engineers, always thinking!!
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    old news: new bike design mainly for children--eliminates the need for training wheels

    young grasshopper must learn to search...
    *insert some super cool statement here to make me as cool as the rest of the super cool signature gang*

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    Quote Originally Posted by soda
    old news: new bike design mainly for children--eliminates the need for training wheels

    young grasshopper must learn to search...
    I did search, I just used less ambiguous words than "training" and "children," thus I got no hits.

    Besides, that other person didn't post a picture right in the post.

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