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The Bi-Cycle of The Future

Old 02-24-09, 08:25 PM
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The Bi-Cycle of The Future

I think I've figured out a way to make a bike without complicated noisy heavy gears or dirty chains. What you do is make the front wheel very large and the pedals can attach directly to it, and then all you'll need is a tiny rear wheel just to keep the thing upright. It might look something like this:




And, for the more distant future, I have an idea for a bike that might even dispense with pedals, too -



I also have some futuristic ideas for tires that would be totally immune to flats and blowouts!
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Old 02-24-09, 09:16 PM
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Capital idea, good sir!
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Old 02-24-09, 09:22 PM
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Outstanding!
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Old 02-24-09, 10:04 PM
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Yup, and I'm working out a way to build a wheel-less bike that will run on irregular terrain. What you do is put logs underneath it, and then as you you pass over the logs you have your assistants take them and put them in front of you again.
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Old 02-24-09, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by werewolf View Post
I think I've figured out a way to make a bike without complicated noisy heavy gears or dirty chains. What you do is make the front wheel very large and the pedals can attach directly to it, and then all you'll need is a tiny rear wheel just to keep the thing upright...
Dude, I hate to be the one to tell you this... but someone already beat you to it!!

Saw it in a side-walk in downtown Taipei, late last year... dang!





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Old 02-25-09, 12:25 AM
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Holy cow, so they did! Hey, what is that thing? It looks interesting. It says Ezybike on it, but I can't find any internet info on it. Do you know anything about it? It must have some sort of internal hub gear up front. If it was just a direct drive, like the penny farthing, the gear would be ridiculously low - but it just looks like a plain axle - with a lot of bulky business on the fork, though.

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Old 02-25-09, 01:03 AM
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^ I have no idea, I just spotted it on our way to a restaurant. It's full suspension for sure, but other than that your guess is just as good as mine!

Doesn't look like an internal hub from what I saw... but the absence of sprockets and chains are refreshing! It looked like a production bike, not a proto or anything like that.

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Are you in Taipei, Pocko? If so and you see another one try to find out about it. It looks interesting, whatever it is.
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Originally Posted by Pocko View Post
Dude, I hate to be the one to tell you this... but someone already beat you to it!!

Saw it in a side-walk in downtown Taipei, late last year... dang!





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Dude...that chain they've got it locked up w/ is sweeeeeet. Especially the blue plastic cover!
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Old 02-26-09, 12:14 AM
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Can that be a tiny motor on the back? Any Chinese language translators here?

https://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?11080717925056#pic

https://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?11080426656336
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Originally Posted by werewolf View Post
Are you in Taipei, Pocko? If so and you see another one try to find out about it. It looks interesting, whatever it is.
No, not in Taipei right now... would like to be though, Taipei Bike Show next month (March 17 - 20)!

I just got back to my computer, and it looks like there's a fair amount of interest in the other thread you started in the Folding Bike forum.

Yeah, the more I looked at it, I have to agree that the front fork does not have suspension, just looks that way because of the crown they used. That little "thingy" at the back isn't a motor, it's a coil over shock unit. The black stays that hold the rear wheel is actually a swingarm.

Cool aye!

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Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
Dude...that chain they've got it locked up w/ is sweeeeeet. Especially the blue plastic cover!
Haha... with today's exchange rate, the lock probably converts to USD $5! At that price you can have a different colored lock for everyday of the week.

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Old 02-26-09, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Pocko View Post
No, not in Taipei right now... would like to be though, Taipei Bike Show next month (March 17 - 20)!

I just got back to my computer, and it looks like there's a fair amount of interest in the other thread you started in the Folding Bike forum.

Yeah, the more I looked at it, I have to agree that the front fork does not have suspension, just looks that way because of the crown they used. That little "thingy" at the back isn't a motor, it's a coil over shock unit. The black stays that hold the rear wheel is actually a swingarm.

Cool aye!

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Yeah, here's the other thread on the Folding Bike forum:

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/514665-ezybike-mini-penny-farthing-sighting-taipei-what.html

You don't read Chinese, do you? Did you click the two Chinese (Taiwan) links I posted? The bikes at the bottom have no seat or seat tube. I don't even see where the seat tube can go since the downtube would stop it from sticking out the bottom - just a tiny little one - like for a little kiddie - to stick in there, I think. Looks like a quick release on it, too. Strange, a quick release on a kiddie bike...
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Old 02-26-09, 09:53 AM
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Solved - thanks to Professor Chop on the parallel Folding Bike thread!
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The cool thing about those bikes is the big wheels allow you to have solid rubber tires so good by flats! Also the wheels are so big that you can ride over pot holes with impunity.
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Originally Posted by werewolf View Post
Yeah, here's the other thread on the Folding Bike forum:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=514665

You don't read Chinese, do you? Did you click the two Chinese (Taiwan) links I posted? The bikes at the bottom have no seat or seat tube. I don't even see where the seat tube can go since the downtube would stop it from sticking out the bottom - just a tiny little one - like for a little kiddie - to stick in there, I think. Looks like a quick release on it, too. Strange, a quick release on a kiddie bike...
No I don't speak Chinese, I wish I could learn though... but my English with Mandarin Chinese accent is perfect (I kid you not)!

I don't think it's a kiddle bike although it looks it. It looked "full sized" in real life, besides a kid won't be able to straddle that 26 inch wheel + saddle distance. Short seat-posts are common in BMX and dirt-jump MTBs, bit I don't know why the quick-release seat clamp though.

You crack me up, werewolf... I think you're the only one I've ever come across in my foruming that has been able to pull-off two simultaneous threads about the exact same subject!
It's like a parallel universe sort of thing, and you even provided worm-holes (links) so that we can zap in and out the folding forum and this one! Half the time, I don't even know which forum this thread is on because I'm conversing with you regarding other points in the other thread. It's like talking to a mirror, haha. .

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Where do you put the Pu239 Energy-Cell?
My guess is in your mouth.



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