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Old 08-01-07, 10:24 AM
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Let's build Glide-o-Bikes

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Old 08-01-07, 10:28 AM
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hahaha, wow cool
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The universe was so small before the internet.

I love this. Someone make one.
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With a nice lightweight bike it might work...maybe after we build our ski bike!
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It's been posted here a couple of times before, but still neat.
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Old 08-01-07, 02:33 PM
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The chances of me running across Glide-O-Bike in a search were pretty small. I'm glad you reposted it.
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Hey! The mailing address is in Dallas...could this be lotek, jsharr, or cuda2k scooping in cash to support their hobby ?

Inquiring minds...want their own airports!

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What... No helmet????

In my younger days I would have probably wanted one.

I notice that the one in the foreground even has fenders.
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Anyone have the plans for this machine? Sounds tempting.

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Anyone have the plans for this machine? Sounds tempting.

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All you need is some model airplane plans, multiply everything by 10, and add a bike. Kind of like the Flight of the Phoenix movie.
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Old 08-01-07, 03:44 PM
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Great marketing!

"Look at the picture above. Look how the Glide-O-Bike's front wheel is taking off the ground. She goes gliding along, Fellows, and that's not all. You can bank, ground-loop, stall and side-slip. Absolutely nothing like this for fun and thrills."

I don't know what a ground loop is, or a side-slip, but we are talking about wind assisted wheelies here...

Now after closer reading, I know for sure I would have bought one of these in my younger days... and I would have wondered why it wouldn't really fly!

I tried to convince my mom once that a submarine in the back of a comic book was real because it seemed real to me... Until she told me what fiber board was. I was all set to bring it to the lake too...
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With the struts attached to the front axle, I am not going to ask how one balances the thing to get it going.
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Now after closer reading, I know for sure I would have bought one of these in my younger days... and I would have wondered why it wouldn't really fly!
I'm sure it would if you took it down a hill steep enough!

Not sure what you'd do about landing though!

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With the struts attached to the front axle, I am not going to ask how one balances the thing to get it going.
Didn't take note of that when I first saw the photo.

Now if one could just attach that wing section to the frame, set up the handlebars to control the ailerons, and stabilizers hooked up to a Sturmey twist-grip, then you've got something.

Heck, run a secondary chain to a pusher prop in back. Once you're off the ground, I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to get it spinning at a good clip. Of course, the moment you're back down, the FAA will be on your behind

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I'm sure it would if you took it down a hill steep enough!

Not sure what you'd do about landing though!

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That is what the "side slip" and "ground loop" are for...it is called crashing

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That is what the "side slip" and "ground loop" are for...it is called crashing

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I'll pass and take this machine instead:



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Heck, run a secondary chain to a pusher prop in back. Once you're off the ground, I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to get it spinning at a good clip. Of course, the moment you're back down, the FAA will be on your behind
Actually, the FAA, as I understand it, leaves you alone as long as your craft's total weight is under a certain weight... I seem to recall that it is under 150 pounds or something like that. Ultralights require no licensing.

In fact, I was working a joint effort with the FAA, and I was walking with a couple of FAA people past the ultra-light section of the big Oshkosh air show during a break, and they saw an ultra-light towing a hang glider and they were trying to figure out whether the weight should be combined or not in considering if it still qualified as an ultra-light.

So, if you built your Glide-O-Bike light enough, the FAA will leave you completely alone.

Just keep your health insurance card with you.
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I'm always amazed and delighted by what you could get plans for back then.
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YIKES!

No roll, pitch, or yaw control, so NO CONTROL!

This contraption is an accident waiting to happen, but of course this was long before our society became so litigious, which is probably a good thing for the Glide-O-Bike Company.

The first thing the kid would do after building a Glide-O-Bike is look for the highest hill around (preferably with a cliff on one side) and pedal into the wild blue yonder. I bet the orthopedic docs loved these things.
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I actually have an extra sail and mast for my little Snark. I guess between the ski-bike and glide-o-bike, will be a sail-bike. My neighbors will think I have totally lost it, although that boat may have already sailed...
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You little sneak...you just made me bump up a month-old discussion without realizing it

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Well, the Glide-O-Bike is at least as plausible as growing Sea-Monkeys. I fell for the SeaMonkey scam and the X-Ray glasses. Probably I was thinking I could see through Mrs. SeaMonkey's clothes with the X-Ray specs. After all, in the advertisement, Mrs. SeaMonkey had a dress and wore a string of pearls. To my great shock, of course, Mrs. SeaMonkey did not have clothes and neither did the rest of the SeaMonkey family!
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