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Old 04-29-06, 07:21 AM   #1
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The Gyro bike

For parents that can't stand seeing their kid fail at anything, not even for a day.

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~gyrobike/works.htm
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Old 04-29-06, 09:49 PM   #2
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I present - ta-daaa - the fixed gear gyrobike! Not for weenies:

* Accelerating is like climbing the alps - you have to stand on the pedals to get that flywheel sucker going for a lot longer than just riding without. Build your leg muscles with no hills in sight!

* for stopping using the fixed gear only you will need those large leg muscles to absorb the flywheel energy. Normal brakes won't do anything for you except burn out the brake pads.

* track stands: sorry folks, no can do.

* crashing: radio-tracking needed for the bike which will keep going for miles after you picked the grit out of your road rash.
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Old 04-30-06, 01:03 AM   #3
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It's obviously an engineering project from some students at Dartmouth. Seems pretty cool too.

Not nearly so cool as luddite retro-grouchism though. Being an ******* naysayer is way cooler than creating something, huh?
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Old 04-30-06, 01:42 AM   #4
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Adults 30-40 years from now are going to be the wimpiest people on earth.
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Since kids learning to ride usually stop with their feet... seems like adding inertia to the bike would be asking for them to run into things. Also wouldn't that get pretty dangerous as they speed up? If the flywheel is spinning at 4X wheel speed, that would mean if the kid gets up to 10 mph, the flywheel's moving as though they were going 40 mph. Can you mount a fender / scattershield on those bikes?

Don't let your kid near a hill...
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Old 04-30-06, 09:36 AM   #6
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If this works as advertised, it could be a boon for adults who, because of preexisting or recently acquired balance or coordination problems, have lost the ability to ride or who cannot ride easily or safely.
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Old 04-30-06, 10:29 AM   #7
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isn't it easier just to take the pedals off your kid's bike and raise the seat a half inch or so every week while they're sleeping so they learn to balance without even realizing it?
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For those who can't ride bikes, there's trikes. I've always said that training wheels actually prevent learning to ride a bike, so in that I agree with the inventors. But it's still better to take the pedals off and learn balance on a grassy slope, not to introduce another balance aid.
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