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Old 10-01-10, 08:58 AM   #1
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Pics of future thoughts in Bicycles

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There are 12 photos of ideas of futuristic bicycles, interesting and weird ideas. The only ideas that I liked were photos 4 and 5.

Photo 4 I like the design, or should I say looks, but immediately some problems came up from what I could tell. 1st problem was flat tire or tire replacement looked like it would be a real pain. The 2nd problem is the seat location to the pedals, you would have to pedal the bike with your legs more out in front of you instead of almost under you.

Photo 5 is more practical, more like a bike we ride today with the seat in the same position as todays bikes, fast removal of wheels for repairs. My only problem is the integrated lighting system in the handlebars, which means an expensive repair or replacement should something fail; the other possible problem is the number of gears in the hub, if 9 or so, probably no big deal for most except those that ride mountain roads and tourers.

Which ones do you like and why?
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They're pretty neat, thanks for sharing. Many are solutions in search of a problem. For example, this one is interesting and clever, but also pretty lame:

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9, 10, and 11 seem the most functional. You could even put a removable clear rigid cover over the cockpit of #9 for protection from the elements and improved aerodynamics.
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The sideways bike is cool, but wasn't invented for normal use- it's like a unicycle, just ride it cause it's cool.

Several of those are big sail shapes, indicating they were conceived of by people that don't ride bikes, which is unfortunately fairly common.

On bike #5, one advantage is you don't have to remove the wheels to fix flats.
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