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December 1, 2007

safety bike

this is what i want for christmas :: would also like a walking, car and skateboard version ::

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They could make an outrigger version with two thick hoops in parallel so that tipping sideways would be less likely. That would be more "safe".
And yeah, I think if I ever find myself attempting to skateboard again, I'll just bubblewrap myself like a space geisha.
It would be cool if the Segway did this. In three dimensions. Or if there was a version that was weighted at the bottom (like Ze's floating tomato) and somewhat independent of the outer hoops or spheres so that you could remain upright when you lose control (just in case you want to ride your safety bicycle home from the bar or an all-you-can-eat buffet or something).

Posted by: Diana B. at December 1, 2007 2:05 PM

Excellent... I think that they should have a ski version too. (Although the details of it might be tricky: attachment to ankles, head, poles... erm.)

Posted by: ingrid at December 1, 2007 2:42 PM

That bike is only safe in a 2D world, but cool nonetheless.

Posted by: Johannes Golden at December 1, 2007 3:06 PM

crazy as a big heap of craziness stuffed into an over-sized crazy bag!

Posted by: shane magee at December 1, 2007 4:34 PM

That is damn cool. I don't think I can take it in my next race though...

Posted by: CTodd: /sea'tôd/ - n. at December 1, 2007 5:23 PM

its crazy that you post this, because about an hour ago i had a dream flashback from last night with nearly this exact contraption!

i was riding my scooter down the street when i pulled up behind such a vehicle as this being driven by the postman (but she was a woman, so postwoman?). i slowed down to check out the thing, wondering if she could actually roll over, when a woman in PJs came running across the street with a cheesecake in her hands as a gift to give to the postwoman! i felt proud of my neighborhood, smiled and scooted along....

excellently strange timing, ze!

Posted by: astropixie at December 1, 2007 8:31 PM

Great idea.... hope they get it hammered out. I've seen other bikes these guys come up with. They are amazing! Geniuses, these guys are. Thought about making one. motivation=not so much. Results on the other hand... could be awesome .

Posted by: salsa at December 1, 2007 9:41 PM

That would be so incredibly awesome if it worked more consistently.

Posted by: Em at December 2, 2007 3:42 AM

now I can feel safe ALL THE TIME!

Posted by: Andy at December 2, 2007 12:14 PM

I like the South Park version better.

Posted by: e40 at December 2, 2007 1:25 PM

it's been nearly a decade. Why hasn't someone patented this curiosity?

p.s. I <3 bike geeks in a serious way.

Posted by: habile b at December 3, 2007 11:31 AM

This is irony in a video.

Posted by: alan at December 3, 2007 3:06 PM

That is pretty awesome, we need one of those for the cruiser ride in Boulder.

Posted by: Sean at December 3, 2007 4:26 PM

Ze you're just bored aren't you?!

(and what is wrong with the commenting thingy?)

Posted by: pooks at December 3, 2007 4:50 PM

That's the best thing I've ever seen! I wonder if it's possible to do the full 360 without going downhill.

Doesn't look too 'safe' but at least he's wearing a helmet.

Posted by: Novah at December 3, 2007 9:00 PM

...needs gyros.

Posted by: clg6000 at December 5, 2007 1:11 AM

I think that's actually less safe due to the side problems. How do you get back up if your strapped in? Ouch.

And why didn't they attach two bars with a slight gap between them instead of the one? Have them originate in the same place and form a V. That would help stabilize any rolls.

Posted by: phoenixieohp at December 6, 2007 8:22 PM

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