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Old 11-05-08, 10:27 AM   #1
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Self Balancing Bike

It seems like a good idea, but I want to know what will happen if the bike is not on rollers and moves more than ten feet from the camera.

http://www.physorg.com/news145018303.html

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"Despite the challenge, engineers from Keio University in Yokohama, Japan, are developing a self-stabilizing electric bicycle, one that can stay upright by itself while being propelled and steered by electric motors. Their ultimate goal is to create a sophisticated, high-performance bicycle that could serve as a convenient alternative to a small car. "
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Old 11-05-08, 11:23 AM   #2
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Interesting. At first I thought don't fix it if it is not broken. Who has problems with bike stability anyway. They make it for the elderly. Are elderly people crashing often on bikes?

I once saw 15-20 year girl going down a long hill and the riding looked weired and extremely unskilled. Add a tiny curve and slightly uneven ground I saw her crash. I would not have thought it was possible. People on bf are not connected to this crowd. Some people need the 2 extra small wheels.

What about imroved stability trough frame geometry? Stability when stopped? Maybe tricycles but that would possible be an unbelievable image issue for people. I'm not really sure it is worth it. Derailleurs , cables and electric bikes are not really simple anymore but that takes it to another level. It is a philosophical problem with added complexity and bicycles for me.
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Old 11-05-08, 12:41 PM   #3
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Know why a bicycle can't stand up by itself?

It's because it's two tired.
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Old 11-05-08, 01:23 PM   #4
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Know why a bicycle can't stand up by itself?

It's because it's two tired.
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They can put a gyro on it and it'll be like a Segway.
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