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    I've never seen one of these...

    Now that my cycling season is over and I'm back on the bus, I get a chance to see a hardy types cycle by as I wait at the stop.

    Twice now I've see a 'commuter' go by on a 'bike' the likes of which I've never seen before:

    It's a pusher if I can use that term. It has a large, say 40" in diameter, front wheel, a mid low rise foot platform about 6" off of the road and a smallish, say 12", rear wheel. The rider is pretty much standing erect and propels his machine by pushing one leg along the road.

    It's kind of neat. Is this a bike he concocted in his garage or is it commercial? Does it have a name?

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    Kickbike:


    Edit:
    Just realised this is excellent for the hipster fixie crowd! Forget the complexities of a chain and drivetrain - get on the ZEROspeed!

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    Only called a kick bike because you can't charge enough money for a scooter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf View Post
    Kickbike:

    But what does the kickbike look like?

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    Thanks to all. Now I'm edumecated.

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    BTW, the front wheel is probably 26" or so, and the rear is at least 16".

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    It seems to me like these would be fairly inefficient and pointless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Based View Post
    It seems to me like these would be fairly inefficient and pointless.
    Maybe they are fun. What a concept, eh?

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    Saw one on a 100k ride this summer. The guy hauled on the downhills but had trouble going up.
    I've also read a story recently, can't remember where, about people commuting on them in Seattle or Denver or somewhere. Faster than walking and doesn't mess up your clothes like a bike.

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    I tried one once a few years back. Fun to ride, and something a bit different. Trouble is it has a fairly small footboard. My clodhoppers didn't quite fit on it It really needs room for both feet for better stability at speed, or even just to make it easier to swap feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf View Post
    Just realised this is excellent for the hipster fixie crowd! Forget the complexities of a chain and drivetrain - get on the ZEROspeed!
    No sale there. It has brakes.
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    An old guy here in town has one and uses dogs (Huskies I think) to pull him around town. Cars give him a W I D E berth when they pass.
    Not too much to say here

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    An old guy here in town has one and uses dogs (Huskies I think) to pull him around town. Cars give him a W I D E berth when they pass.


    I used to have my dog pull me around on my 'old-school' scooter. It was a lot of fun, she got plenty of exercise, and we all slept better at night because she was tired.

    Good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Maybe they are fun. What a concept, eh?
    I got to try one for about 1/4 mile. By golly, it was fun. I'm not sure it was practical for actully going somewhere, but it was fun, and easier to get up to speed than you might think.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    cue the tread mill bike....
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    a kickbike for moose I see

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    That blond model is "kind of neat" too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn View Post
    That blond model is "kind of neat" too!
    dude, check out her brow. my money says she was born a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    No sale there. It has brakes.
    Ah yes, but that crowd will remove the brakes and claim that it's muuuch better to use your foot to brake with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf View Post
    Ah yes, but that crowd will remove the brakes and claim that it's muuuch better to use your foot to brake with...
    Foot? C'mon... feet are not cool. Obviously when you want to brake you're just supposed to skid that thing sideways. Until you master that skill you're not a REAL kickbiker.
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

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    622 front wheel, 355 rear wheel. A Finn did 2003 PBP (1200km, <90 hours) on one.

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