I have some ideas for new designs for recumbent bikes, also for standard bikes. I haven't seen any other bikes that incorporate these ideas, though I guess there might be some out there that I don't know about. I was wondering...if I have an idea for a radically different recumbent or upright bike, basically with innovations designed to make the bike more practical, is this something I might want to patent? Or is it pointless because people can just get around the patent by doing it slightly differently?
I don't really want to start a bike company, but can you sell a design idea to a bike company? Or will they just rip it off?