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Old 11-08-07, 01:15 PM   #1
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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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Old 11-08-07, 01:18 PM   #2
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Kickbike:


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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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Old 11-08-07, 01:21 PM   #3
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Only called a kick bike because you can't charge enough money for a scooter...
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Old 11-08-07, 01:25 PM   #4
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But what does the kickbike look like?
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Old 11-08-07, 02:00 PM   #5
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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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It seems to me like these would be fairly inefficient and pointless.
Maybe they are fun. What a concept, eh?
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Old 11-08-07, 06:31 PM   #9
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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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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.
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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.


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.

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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.
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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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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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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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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.
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