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Old 08-30-23, 03:59 PM
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Mr. Kelly: When you started this thread I looked through my files to find my information on the Legacy 2-wheel-drive bicycle, as I was asked to write a review of it for my club newsletter by its local distributor (back in the early 90s). Thank you for being more organized than I am.

When the distributor asked why the review did not appear promptly after I returned the test bike, I think my response was "If you can't say something nice..."
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
That looks about as useful as an equalizer hitch for a bicycle trailer.
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@Repack Rider thanks for saving all this bicycle foolishness from quietly skulking away. What a collection!
There's a fellow in Woodacre/San Geronimo near the Conifer Fire Road gate with one of those Legacy 2 wheel drive bikes. I've only seen him riding it around his own yard.
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur
That looks about as useful as an equalizer hitch for a bicycle trailer.
Come to think of it, a sway hitch might have helped me last year. I extended the drawbar (?) on my old cargo-converted Burley so I could haul a 9-foot kayak. It worked, but there was indeed a LOT of sway. The solution was a folding kayak that fits in an un-modified trailer.

Does anyone have literature on the Autobike? Friend of a friend had one about 15 years ago, and one just came up on the local CL recently.
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I didn't see this thread until today... Just last night I was talking about my experience with a Swing Bike... A friend had one- he was magic on that thing. He could do pretty much anything an ordinary person could do with the seat pivot all swingy- he had total control of it. We'd been out riding around- and I asked to ride the Swing Bike on the way back to his place. We're trucking around, I'm riding with one wheel on the curb and one on the road... I'm thinking I'm pretty damn good at this... and then we went downhill... I probably was fine for a quarter of the hill, and then it started wobbling, and once it started wobbling, I couldn't stop it and I face planted. Last damn time I'm ever getting on one of those death traps.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
Got to be Photoshopped... No one would really...

I used to do this a lot. It was the only way we could give my brothers hunting dog a thorough workout. Just walking or running with the dog gave him nothing. He was well trained in "bicycling" and never got distracted by game or anything elese while we were out biking. He just kept on running and pulling. He was such a happy dog and I miss him. The new hunting dog is of a totally different kind and he does not like this at all. His favourite exercise is swimming...and balls.



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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy
Repack Rider and Wildwood

I didn't see this thread until today... Just last night I was talking about my experience with a Swing Bike... A friend had one- he was magic on that thing. He could do pretty much anything an ordinary person could do with the seat pivot all swingy- he had total control of it. We'd been out riding around- and I asked to ride the Swing Bike on the way back to his place. We're trucking around, I'm riding with one wheel on the curb and one on the road... I'm thinking I'm pretty damn good at this... and then we went downhill... I probably was fine for a quarter of the hill, and then it started wobbling, and once it started wobbling, I couldn't stop it and I face planted. Last damn time I'm ever getting on one of those death traps.
I think you may have confused the Swingbike with the Super Trick Cycle.




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I seem to remember the Swingbike had springs near the frame hinges and a standard drivetrain, both not apparent on the STC. But a similar concept.

Thanks for posting the STC info and the others. Some amazingly, um, "innovative" ideas there...
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider






Seldom has the phrase "Whole new experience" seemed more like a threat.

At least it promises little, if any added friction losses from all those new drive gizmos.
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Seldom has the phrase "Whole new experience" seemed more like a threat.

At least it promises little, if any added friction losses from all those new drive gizmos.
Oh, there were definitely noticeable friction losses...
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
It’s actually a frequently used product.

Quay crane or tower crane. Where’s the bathroom?
Incinolet - an electric toilet for ALL of you needs. I have four of them in service on our cranes.
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Originally Posted by 100bikes
Nice collection of product info.

I too attended Interbike many times, as both a vendor and a dealer.

I always made note of the useless products, the money and effort put into them
and the presentations to try and sell them.

There are many, but my all time favorite useless item was the
Inclinometer. Small plastic tube, similar to a carpenters level, mounted next to a scale.

This thing was mounted to the top tube of the bicycle.

As you rode, the small ball in the tube would indicate the slope you were currently riding at.
First, the thing was difficult to read, especially while riding.

Second - who cares!

Sorry, no photo at this time.

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Dude. I was getting to that.

I had one and actually used it for a while. It was nothing more or less than a calibrated bubble level. I called it my Pain-O-Meter.

It worked, more or less, but in practice it was not all that great. First, you had to dial in the set-up so that you got an accurate reading from your seated position. (Mine went on the handlebars.) In practice, it had to be set up a tad off level to account for the angle of viewing. Once you took care of that, it proved less than optimal in actual use. If you stood on the pedals, goodbye any semblance of accuracy. It was not particularly easy to read on the go, as the bubble would move forward or backward with any and all accelerations and decelerations, regardless of grade. Only if you were maintaining a constant speed did it give a discernable reading. It was mainly a novelty, not exactly useless but not particularly useful, either. At least it didn't cost much.
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This thread is a catalog of examples of the old saw: Just because you can do or build something doesn't mean that you should.
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
I think you may have confused the Swingbike with the Super Trick Cycle.




Whoa. That thing is nutz.

The Swing Bike I'm referring to was like the one RCMoeur desrcibed- as Wildwood posted in What could possibly go wrong?

Those had springs- the one above... no spring. Wow.
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Can’t believe no one has brought up a Softride MTB yet.

AKA, the catapult.

https://cyclingindependent.com/a-cur...-the-****bike/
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
The Bodysail apparently only works on left hand drive bicycles.




Chinese got there first with wind power and cargo bike!


https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2011...eelbarrow.html



Rear end crashes must have been very common…..

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Originally Posted by nomadmax
Now, if we could just get the bicycle buying public to look at the latest stuff they're pimping now, to think about these older "innovations".
Have a look at this website.

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The Funniest product that was shown at Interbike (This was back in the 80s) was "Pig In Bottle".) Lead was poured into a Water Bottle-somehow.) to make you work harder on the hills. I wonder if they sold any?
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I have a Lectric cargo bike that tends to develop a death wobble in the steering. Compared to correcting the geometry problem, adding an aftermarket stabilizer seems like an easier/lazier way of solving the problem. So I could imagine a small market for such items.

But, yes, I agree it's a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur
Mr. Kelly: When you started this thread I looked through my files to find my information on the Legacy 2-wheel-drive bicycle, as I was asked to write a review of it for my club newsletter by its local distributor (back in the early 90s). Thank you for being more organized than I am.

When the distributor asked why the review did not appear promptly after I returned the test bike, I think my response was "If you can't say something nice..."
Having never ridden one...what were the problems with this system? Was it just the extra drag? Did it have some negative effect on handling? Something else?
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Originally Posted by campfire
Having never ridden one...what were the problems with this system? Was it just the extra drag? Did it have some negative effect on handling? Something else?
Short answer: a lot of added complexity for no noticeable net benefit in traction or performance - and in fact lower performance than a comparable MTB due to the added weight and drag.

I suppose someone could find a trail on which 2WD might possibly be of benefit, such as a 20+% grade with loose rock and scree (a trail of this type exists less than 2 miles from my house), and in such places it's easy for a standard 2" MTB rear wheel alone to lose traction. When I tested the Legacy, I lived elsewhere, and was not aware of this trail. But this presumes a rider could apply weight/vertical force to the front wheel in a manner that would prevent it from slipping and skidding (which would be a Bad Thing).

A different solution (wider rear tires / "fatbikes") has appeared on the market, which has seen much wider adoption as it offers other benefits in addition to traction.
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No collection of this sort would be complete without the most bogus bicycle product ever to have soaked up millions from investors.

That would be the Alenax, with the "Transbar" drive system, pictured here. As bogus as it looks, I found out from just one ride that it is even more bogus than I had already thought. Yet it appeared at multiple trade shows, with expensive brochures, and foxy models in Spandex riding stationary versions in the enormous booth.




Here is the sales pitch.














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