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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-01-08, 06:31 PM   #1
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Bike Tree?

http://www.biketree.com/


Has anyone seen this before?
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Old 01-01-08, 06:40 PM   #2
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Doesn't look too secure. And way more complicated than a well designed bike rack needs to be, but still kinda cool for the same reason.
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Old 01-01-08, 06:43 PM   #4
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I don't trust it...
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Old 01-01-08, 06:45 PM   #5
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It's also kinda ugly.
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Old 01-01-08, 06:55 PM   #6
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looks stupid
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Old 01-01-08, 06:59 PM   #7
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shared bicycles, got that. Then click it back into any free rack and it is pulled up under the cover to keep it dry. Holland, right?
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Old 01-01-08, 07:02 PM   #8
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i think it's pretty cool. i wonder how much they'd charge you to store your bike there, though.
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Old 01-01-08, 07:06 PM   #9
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I thought this was going to be about this:

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Old 01-01-08, 07:12 PM   #10
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I think it's great! except I can't tell how secure the bike is? (from a thief I mean) beside's that I don't think it's any uglier or stupid looking than any other bike rack/bike parking device. Matter of fact I think it look's really good with any modern area and just as good in any historical area too I don't think they are all "shared bikes" as the lady in the second video is obviously riding her own personal bike. My comment's on the astetics are just my humble opinion
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Old 01-01-08, 09:10 PM   #11
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wasn't that on that Americas next inventor show
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it has a wireless network?
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I've read about these before. They're supposed to be designed to conserve the ground space, hence the suspending of the bikes.
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I thought this was going to be about this:

i loved that book as a kid.
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Really like the canopy + off ground aspect, in snowy weather that would be great.

Could use some restyling though.
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I've read about these before. They're supposed to be designed to conserve the ground space, hence the suspending of the bikes.
I don't see how it conserves much ground space. Sure the base is smaller but when you take into account the overall footprint including the need to approach from all around the perimeter it looks like it would need more space.

It might be workable at something like a bus stop where it could double as a shelter, but now your standing under dripping bikes.

And what to do when the rack is full?
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The same thing you do when any other rack is full. Go elsewhere or something.

I think its great. Anything that could get people to think riding bikes is good idea is a good idea.

American cities all need these or something like them. The promotion of bike riding in America is lax hell.
America please wake up!!

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Old 01-02-08, 08:51 AM   #18
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America please wake up!!
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Not really, but I promote riding everyday.
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Old 01-02-08, 09:01 AM   #21
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Not really, but I promote riding everyday.
we do it here, too. americans have critical mass, ghost bikes, naked bike riders, guerilla bike lanes (my favoite), etc. there are plenty of activists. you're preaching to the choir.
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Im not preaching to anyone.
And I'm an American.
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i want to just hack the RFID with a laptop and watch bikes rain from the sky
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The website doesn't mention whether or not it locks, and it looks like there's no effective way for you to use your own lock (since there's nothing to lock to, and the back wheel needs to roll). Smart cards can be hacked, but it looks like all you need to get a bike free is a ladder.
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Old 01-02-08, 11:03 AM   #25
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I would like one in my city. IMHO.
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