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Old 02-01-12, 08:33 PM
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reverse steering bicycle

I have a nice reverse steering bicycle that I would like to sell. Does anyone Know what it maybe worth. It is a lot of fun to see people try to ride it. Thanks.
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Had to Google that one. Looks like something they would put on college campuses to discourage drunk driving.
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There was a vendor at the California state fair this year
who had one set up with a cute young girl in her twenties
as the rider. You put up five bucks for a chance to win
a hundred, I think.

You had to ride about 25-50 feet, maybe, to win.

She was taking money from the younger males in the
crowd about as fast as she could get them on and off
the bike. I never saw her pay anyone the hundred.
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Old 02-01-12, 09:40 PM
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can you post a pic? I've never heard of one!
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You had to ride about 25-50 feet, maybe, to win.
The trick is to ride no hands... or so I've heard.
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Old 02-02-12, 12:24 AM
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This is funny guys, never heard of them
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Originally Posted by skydog6653 View Post
can you post a pic? I've never heard of one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8W4fqRO_CY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5qPf...endscreen&NR=1

No need to lock the bike.
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Old 02-02-12, 02:48 AM
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When I was young it occured to me that I should try to ride my bike "cross handed" (left hand on right hand grip etc). All was OK with one grip - the second I touched the other: bang, straight on the ground. I think the learned reflex for keeping the bike up with tiny steering inputs becomes the wrong way around and is impossible to supress. Anyow - I wonder if you could ride one of these with your hands crossed.
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Old 02-02-12, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by sthomas View Post
...that I would like to sell. ... Know what it maybe worth. . . ..
Yeah, it's worth a lawsuit. That said, keep us updated.
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Originally Posted by sthomas View Post
I have a nice reverse steering bicycle that I would like to sell. Does anyone Know what it maybe worth. It is a lot of fun to see people try to ride it. Thanks.
It is safe to say the market for bikes that can't be ridden is rather thin. You might try advertising during pledge week at your local university frat houses. Beyond reverse steering is there anything notable about the bike? Ultegra or Campy gruppo maybe?

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Old 02-02-12, 10:46 AM
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Bucky's Dynamaxion car was a 3 wheeler, boat rudder like,

single steered rear wheel ..

steer from the saddle, is the key ..

Get the bike, set up the booth buy the lures..
guess you can travel with the Carny folks then..

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Old 02-02-12, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Delmarva View Post
It is safe to say the market for bikes that can't be ridden is rather thin.
A simple mod will fix that. Just add another reversing gear along the stem.
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Old 02-02-12, 11:44 AM
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You have to ride them with your arms crossed.
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Bucky's Dynamaxion car was a 3 wheeler, boat rudder like, single steered rear wheel ..
...crashed, burned, killed/maimed people, left Buckminster-Fuller emotionally scarred for life.
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there are ideas and then there are Good ideas..
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Thanks for the video links. Never heard of "reverse steering" bikes till now. The idea seems to be having a
bike that turns to fork to the left when you turn the bars to the right and vice versa...There's no reason why
such a bike couldn't be rideable, other than the fact that steering it is counterintuitive and requires a rider to
overcome natural reflexes that have developed and become more or less hard-wired neurologically. With training
you could adapt to the reverse-steering bike. There is quite a bit of perceptual-psychology research into this sort
of thing. For example, folks have fitted experimental subjects with special eyeglasses that reverse left and right and
studied the subjects' ability to perform various manual tasks with "reversed" visual perception.

I'm sure that such experiments have some scientific and entertainment value.
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I think the trick to riding this is, first you get howling drunk, and then get on the bike.
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...crashed, burned, killed/maimed people, left Buckminster-Fuller emotionally scarred for life.
Yeah, I never got that one. Such a dumb idea for an apparently brilliant man.
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I'm reminded of the bar trick where you have to trace a path through a very simple maze --but you had to view it through a mirror. Everybody was failing until a group showed up that had no problems at all. They were dental students and very familiar with using mirrors.
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Originally Posted by kamtsa View Post
A simple mod will fix that. Just add another reversing gear along the stem.
Think I saw that on a bike from Rube Goldberg Cycles GmbH.
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The Dymaxion vehicle wasn't so much a car as the land-based phase of an aircraft. Maybe the thing was meant to be taxied, not driven. Bucky might have gotten a bit carried away with the publicity. Still a brilliant concept for the time.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...1GSbvd9c#t=49s

this kid's got the hang of it.....maybe he can give us all a quote
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Originally Posted by sthomas View Post
I have a nice reverse steering bicycle that I would like to sell. Does anyone Know what it maybe worth. It is a lot of fun to see people try to ride it. Thanks.
I'm interested in purchasing the bike from you. How much are you willing to sell it for?
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Originally Posted by jolly_ross View Post
When I was young it occured to me that I should try to ride my bike "cross handed" (left hand on right hand grip etc). All was OK with one grip - the second I touched the other: bang, straight on the ground. I think the learned reflex for keeping the bike up with tiny steering inputs becomes the wrong way around and is impossible to supress. Anyow - I wonder if you could ride one of these with your hands crossed.
The trick to ride "cross handed" is to ride no handed but with your hands touching very lightly the handlebar.
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Old 05-23-13, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by skydog6653 View Post
can you post a pic? I've never heard of one!
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-steering-bike

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