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Old 04-01-15, 12:31 AM
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runbike?

WHAT IS RUNBIKING?

Well, It's strange so of course I want one, but I'm not so sure what is all that revolutionary about it. The posture looks about the same as standing on a BMX bike, but it is shorter and has gears. Is it just someone designing another odd shaped bike or is there anything I'm missing?
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Old 04-01-15, 08:19 AM
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i thought this was gonna be about the treadmill bike, another kind of amusing bike that involves running, kind of.

The 'runbike' seems more appealing to me, actually.
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Really don't see any enovation,just standing up and pedaling,when you finish you dismantle it and put it in its bag,take it home,just a gimmick to me,,
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Old 04-01-15, 10:29 AM
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By the title of the thread, I supposed that it would be a reinvention of the draisienne.

It looks cute. Like always standing while you ride. I see they are definitely marketing it towards youth. Hipsters might opt for it instead of a SS bike. I'm not sure I'd like to do a century on one.
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5 years from now, you'll be able to pick one up on Craigslist barely used and real cheap. Looks like a pointless gimmick.

Re-inventing the bicycle is like re-inventing the claw hammer.
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I think there is really something worthwhile to this idea, just not quite what they envision.

With the cranks within the diameter of the wheel, just think about the ability one of these would have to crawl over obstacles. You'd never high-center or drag your chainring and you'd rarely have your pedal hit while negotiating obstacles.. Build one of these with a pair of 36" wheels and you'd have the bicycle equivalent of a monster truck.
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Originally Posted by John Hood View Post
I think there is really something worthwhile to this idea, just not quite what they envision.

With the cranks within the diameter of the wheel, just think about the ability one of these would have to crawl over obstacles. You'd never high-center or drag your chainring and you'd rarely have your pedal hit while negotiating obstacles.. Build one of these with a pair of 36" wheels and you'd have the bicycle equivalent of a monster truck.
Maybe they're just being cautious for liability reasons, but the company website doesn't sound at all encouraging about the ability of their product in those situations:
"OBSTACLES
Only highly skilled riders can ride over obstacles: even an everyday curb or a pine cone could tip you over! The Runbike is not a bicycle and its ride properties are very different in many ways. When riding over an obstacle or on a soft surface, slightly shift your weight onto the rear wheel so that you lighten the front wheel and simplify the transition. Do not ride the front wheel into potholes, because this leads to the weight being distributed more on the front wheel and to the risk of a fall."

They also caution that their product is not designed for use on public roads which seems like a rather severe limitation of usefulness.
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Old 04-06-15, 07:24 PM
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LOL, that reminds me of the warning stickers on Chinese mountain bikes..."NEVER RIDE AT NIGHT...NOT INTENDED FOR OFFROAD USE".
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Old 04-09-15, 01:56 AM
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I had thought a bit about "obstacles" as well. Depending on weight, I can see it being an absolute dream for trials riding, but due to length it could be a nightmare as well.
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Originally Posted by k_obeastly View Post
Still a claw hammer, just with a weird handle
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It just looks awkward to me, and like the short wheel base could put you flat on your face too easily.

There are SO many people trying to reinvent bicycles these days, when the basic concept can't be improved upon much in my opinion.

You might be able to make better brakes, better tires, better saddles, etc., but 1) eliminating the ability to rest your weight on a saddle, 2) making the wheel base so short it will be twitchy, and 3)making it so short you'll be balancing between popping a wheelie and doing a nose dive are not three new attributes I'm looking for in a human powered vehicle.

If I wanted a stand-up bike, I'd get an Amish push scooter and put an electric kit on the front wheel.
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
5 years from now, you'll be able to pick one up on Craigslist barely used and real cheap. Looks like a pointless gimmick.
that's what i was thinking. $50 pawn shop prize in a few years.

take the seat off your bike and have something similar. jam the claw hammer in the seat tube to make sure you don't try sitting down.
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
Re-inventing the bicycle is like re-inventing the claw hammer.
My mother's doctoral dissertation was on redesigning the claw hammer.
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My mother's doctoral dissertation was on redesigning the claw hammer.
Curious to see what she came up with.
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Originally Posted by John Hood View Post
I think there is really something worthwhile to this idea, just not quite what they envision.

With the cranks within the diameter of the wheel, just think about the ability one of these would have to crawl over obstacles. You'd never high-center or drag your chainring and you'd rarely have your pedal hit while negotiating obstacles.. Build one of these with a pair of 36" wheels and you'd have the bicycle equivalent of a monster truck.
I agree with others, it is little different from simply standing while riding. There are even some BMX bikes with very low seats, if any at all.

I have a big problem with keeping the perfect weight balance for hill climbing. Too much weight forward, and I'm spinning the rear wheel. Too far back with the weight and I'm popping wheelies. Standing may help a bit with the balance point, but I'm not convinced that bike would be controllable on a decent hill climb.

For now, I think I'll go with a regular bike. Stand when I feel like standing, sit when I feel like sitting.
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