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Old 08-29-12, 08:23 PM
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Fliz anyone?

Saw this one the CBC Community Blog

I'd probably get one if it didn't have disc brakes.

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Old 08-29-12, 08:33 PM
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I'd probably get one if it didn't have disc brakes.
Baron Von Drais' original design was better than that. You may hunch over on a regular bike, but you can straighten up when you need to, unlike with this. The developers didn't think to put pegs for your feet when coasting. And those crotch straps to bind you into the contraption? No thank you. My mother raised me to consider the ergonomics. This is not user friendly at all. If you are trying to reinvent the drasienne, you could do a lot better.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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Old 08-29-12, 09:45 PM
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This looks like it would be fun to ride down the Old Spiral Highway in Lewiston.
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Old 08-29-12, 10:58 PM
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What makes it an improvement over pedal bikes?
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Old 08-29-12, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
What makes it an improvement over pedal bikes?
Nothing, other than doing a flat footed 180 after coming to a complete stop.

This came up in Foo a couple of days back. The designers intent was to make something more maneuverable in an urban environment. I don't see it. Give me a minivelo or a folder with 20" wheels or a skateboard than that contraption any day.
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Old 08-30-12, 06:04 AM
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I can see that it would be fun for a while but strapping in and remaining bent over would be uncomfortable. The thing does look as smooth as a regular bicycle but being forced into that riding position would negate the comfort it gives. I think my Xootr would be just as fast and more portable. The downside of the Xootr is the small wheels wouldn't work on brick roads found in Europe.

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Old 08-30-12, 08:09 AM
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If they modified it so the rider was in even more of a horizontal position, and gave you Ironman style handlebars so your arms were straight forward, you could get a cape, run to get it started, lift your legs and ride down hill pretending that you were Superman®.
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Old 08-30-12, 08:47 AM
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The centre of gravity is whaay to high as far as I can see, and yes pegs to rest the feet on would help while coasting...
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Old 08-30-12, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
What makes it an improvement over pedal bikes?
With this design, when you get the front wheel caught in a tram track or grate, it immediately snaps your neck so you don't have to go through a long, painful healing process.
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Originally Posted by artkansas View Post
if they modified it so the rider was in even more of a horizontal position, and gave you ironman style handlebars so your arms were straight forward, you could get a cape, run to get it started, lift your legs and ride down hill pretending that you were superman®.
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Don't think it would work for commuters. Looks like you can't wear a backpack or mess bag while strapped in. You kick your feet out to where panniers would be hanging. You might be able to run a trunk bag (a rear rack might help prevent accidental contact with the rear wheel while coasting), a Carradice, or a bar bag.

It might make for a good pub crawler, though.
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Old 08-30-12, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Don't think it would work for commuters. Looks like you can't wear a backpack or mess bag while strapped in. You kick your feet out to where panniers would be hanging. You might be able to run a trunk bag (a rear rack might help prevent accidental contact with the rear wheel while coasting), a Carradice, or a bar bag.

It might make for a good pub crawler, though.
Fliz trike for those more intense pub crawls.
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Old 08-30-12, 04:51 PM
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Fliz trike for those more intense pub crawls.
Here you go, the StreetFlyer, catonec found it for a similar thread in 50+

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Old 08-30-12, 04:53 PM
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Here you go, the StreetFlyer, catonec found it for a similar thread in 50+

See? Doesn't she look more ready for pub night?

On another thought, how annoying would it be to keep clipping in and out of those?!
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Don't think it would work for commuters. Looks like you can't wear a backpack or mess bag while strapped in. You kick your feet out to where panniers would be hanging. You might be able to run a trunk bag (a rear rack might help prevent accidental contact with the rear wheel while coasting), a Carradice, or a bar bag.
Dude, roof rack.
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Originally Posted by sauerwald View Post
With this design, when you get the front wheel caught in a tram track or grate, it immediately snaps your neck so you don't have to go through a long, painful healing process.
You just talked me out of taking one for a ride...
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Old 08-30-12, 10:22 PM
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Looks like the Fliz fizzled, at least on this forum.
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I don't think this thing would be uncomfortable. Your back muscles hurt if they have to hold you up in a position like that, but they don't because the straps hold you up instead. I think it's impractical but I thought segways were impractical too. I doubt fliz will be used by most people, but those with physical disabilities (ones that don't impair balance) might like it. And people who just want it for fun.

For people who like the simplicity of a brakeless fixie, upon seeing this they may be inspired to go one step further. Take a regular bike, eliminate the cranks and the chain and just "flintstone" your way from point A to point B. (i doubt it)
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I think it's impractical but I thought segways were impractical too.
Have you changed your opinion about the practicality of Segways? If so, why?
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Have you changed your opinion about the practicality of Segways? If so, why?
In my opinion a Segway is about as practical as using a rock to build a deck, when there's a perfectly good set of power tools sitting in your garage. This Fliz erm thing, however, is even less practical than that. It's like giving a runner a turtle shell with training wheels on it and telling them "This is much more efficient than just running, just don't fall over, or stop too fast."
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In my opinion a Segway is about as practical as using a rock to build a deck, when there's a perfectly good set of power tools sitting in your garage. This Fliz erm thing, however, is even less practical than that. It's like giving a runner a turtle shell with training wheels on it and telling them "This is much more efficient than just running, just don't fall over, or stop too fast."

You have a great way with metaphors!
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In my opinion a Segway is about as practical as using a rock to build a deck, when there's a perfectly good set of power tools sitting in your garage. This Fliz erm thing, however, is even less practical than that. It's like giving a runner a turtle shell with training wheels on it and telling them "This is much more efficient than just running, just don't fall over, or stop too fast."

You have a great way with metaphors!
I truly don't see the point of Segways when bicycles have been doing the same exact job since the 1800s and cost a lot less (unless you get one of those unavoidably ugly Tri bikes. I'm sorry guys, but they're ugly, we all know it.). Also after a while all I could think of after looking at that Fliz thing, was Usain Bolt trying to run a race while wearing a turtle shell with training wheels, and proceeding to fall over.
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