So clukasik posted an interesting question about the kickbike & kicksled, which got me thinking, and noodling around youtube to see if there was anything similar to see in action.
Turns out that these two kickmobiles are only the sensible end of the lunatic fringe of cycling.
First we have the bouncebike:
Nice. I was a little puzzled about how the front brake would work on the eccentric hub / rim. But then I realised that there isn’t one. So that solves that problem, I guess.
Next on the list is the treadmill bike:
We get lots of these around here - since Segway’s aren’t legal on the UK public highway, there’s been a niche left open that the treadmill bike has come to dominate. They’re especially popular in Chiswick, where Timothy Dalton used to have one for popping to the end of Airedale Avenue on a Sunday morning to pick up his newspaper.
Next up, seeing as its soon to be winter (have I mentioned that I’m going skiing in January? ), we have some entertaining icebike racing. The vid’s intro is a little long winded, but stick with it:
Then again, there’s also the snowbike:
. . . which DOES look like fun. But I really like skiing, so I think I’ll stick to that. (When I’m skiing in January).
And finally the kickbike in action:
oh, and how not to kicksled:
- Type: Swim
- Date: 10/12/2007
- Time: 12:51:30
- Total Time: 1:00:00.00
- Distance: 692.02 m
- Average Pace: 8:40.22/100m