Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Future electric bicycles. Will electric or bicycles ever fly into the air?

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Future electric bicycles. Will electric or bicycles ever fly into the air?

Old 07-23-04, 11:01 PM
  #1  
bluetriforce
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Future electric bicycles. Will electric or bicycles ever fly into the air?

Will electric or human powered bicycles ever be able to fly, riding on sidewalk and take off flying from a sidewalk into the air and go 4,000 feet high or greater in the next 5 to 20 years from now?

I cannot wait for someone to invent this?
bluetriforce is offline  
Old 07-23-04, 11:15 PM
  #2  
Guest
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Nope.

Koffee
 
Old 07-23-04, 11:30 PM
  #3  
Raiyn
I drink your MILKSHAKE
 
Raiyn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 15,061

Bikes: 2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ummm yeah sure whatever.....
http://cms.psychologytoday.com/google/
__________________
Raiyn is offline  
Old 07-23-04, 11:56 PM
  #4  
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,651
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by bluetriforce
Will electric or human powered bicycles ever be able to fly, riding on sidewalk and take off flying from a sidewalk into the air and go 4,000 feet high or greater in the next 5 to 20 years from now?
One hopes not. However, I have to ask, does riding up a mountain greater than 4,000 feet in height count?
__________________
I am clinically insane. I am proud of it.

That is all.
Chris L is offline  
Old 07-24-04, 12:38 AM
  #5  
Hal Hardy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: NoVa
Posts: 300

Bikes: Tour Easy recumbent, Giant Boulder SE with an Xtracycle attachment

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
http://www.ihpva.org/Air/

I believe it was the early 80's, on TV, when I watched a pedal powered plane that looked like it was covered in Saran Wrap cross the English Channel. It was ridiculously slow and flew only a few feet off the water, but it made it.
Hal Hardy is offline  
Old 07-24-04, 06:16 AM
  #6  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,262

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1148 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by Hal Hardy
http://www.ihpva.org/Air/

I believe it was the early 80's, on TV, when I watched a pedal powered plane that looked like it was covered in Saran Wrap cross the English Channel. It was ridiculously slow and flew only a few feet off the water, but it made it.
That was the Gossamer Albatross. I saw it's predecessor, the Gossamer Condor, at the St. Louis Science Center. I was very impressed at the large size and very, very light weight of the human powered airplane. For example, insted of a bicycle chain it used a lightweight bead-style chain, like you'd use to turn on a light, to drive the propeller. It was neat!
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 07-24-04, 08:16 AM
  #7  
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Posts: 12,952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Definately a half-baked idea.

Suggest you ask in
http://www.halfbakery.com/
MichaelW is offline  
Old 07-24-04, 09:18 AM
  #8  
Hal Hardy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: NoVa
Posts: 300

Bikes: Tour Easy recumbent, Giant Boulder SE with an Xtracycle attachment

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
That was the Gossamer Albatross. I saw it's predecessor, the Gossamer Condor, at the St. Louis Science Center. I was very impressed at the large size and very, very light weight of the human powered airplane. For example, insted of a bicycle chain it used a lightweight bead-style chain, like you'd use to turn on a light, to drive the propeller. It was neat!

Can space travel be far behind?
Hal Hardy is offline  
Old 07-24-04, 09:38 AM
  #9  
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 15,762

Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
They've already had human powered aircraft. I can't wait to stick lance into one of those.
slvoid is offline  
Old 07-24-04, 11:39 AM
  #10  
khuon
DEADBEEF
 
khuon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
Posts: 12,234

Bikes: 1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As someone else has mentioned, there was the Gossamer Albatross which actually flew. However, you can always indulge your fantasies if you find an arcade with PropCycle. If I ever have some spare cash, I would love to buy one of these old games for my house.


__________________
1999 K2 OzM 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
"Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send." -- Jon Postel, RFC1122
khuon is offline  
Old 07-25-04, 03:40 AM
  #11  
Pat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,795

Bikes: litespeed, cannondale

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
People have mentioned the gossimer condor and gossimer albatross. Cyclists were able to fly using these things but it took are really strong and light cyclist to get these things flying and the machines were very large and unwieldly. It was possible but it was in no shape, manner, or form... practical.

As for having people flying around in their own little flying machines, I don't think that is a very good idea. People kill themselves off every efficiently in powered vehicles like autos and motorcycles and there you are only fooling around in 2 dimensions. Flying involves 3 dimensions with the added problems of wind, take off, landing, and navigation (you know there are no signs in the air). The average motorist seems to have skills that are almost adequate for controlling a ground vehicle. Give him/her a flying machine and watch life expectancy plummet.
Pat is offline  
Old 07-25-04, 08:45 AM
  #12  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,262

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1148 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
Hey Pat, are you trying to qualify for my screen name?

I agree with everything that you said, but times and people change. There used to be laws that were designed to prevent automobiles from scareing the horses. People used to think that the speeds made possible by trains would prevent people from catching their breath. Who ever would have thought that the same century would witness both the first powered flight and men walking on the moon.

I'm 61 years old. Before I die, I expect to see some form of flight as a commuting option for at least the upper middle economic class.

Last edited by Retro Grouch; 07-25-04 at 02:06 PM.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 07-25-04, 11:34 AM
  #13  
OregonBound
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I'm 61 years old. Before I die, I expect to see some form of flight as a commuting option for at least the upper middle economic class.
Welcome to New Jersey. There is a scheduled, commuter, helicopter that lands and takes off twice a day, every day, in the parking lot next to where I work. It flies from NYC to Oceanport, NJ.
 
Old 07-26-04, 07:37 AM
  #14  
greywolf
aka old dog
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: tauranga New Zealand
Posts: 1,173
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
& pigs will be riding them !
greywolf is offline  
Old 07-26-04, 02:09 PM
  #15  
RobotSonic
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Guelph, Canada
Posts: 304

Bikes: Kona Kikapu & Cannondale r400

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i would hate to bonk in a pedal powered plane.
RobotSonic is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Angio Graham
Advocacy & Safety
302
06-13-13 03:01 PM
wannatri
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
3
10-13-11 03:58 PM
phantomcow2
Mountain Biking
0
03-26-05 09:09 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.