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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Sideways Bike

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Check out these fantastic and curious images of a sideways balanced bike. There are some great images on the site, and they claim that this sideways bike allows for greater control akin to the differences between skiing and snowboarding.
Human balance is detected in the inner ear. There are three semi-circular canals positioned at right angles to each other that detect balance in three axes. These canals are separate and distinct. The three types of balance are Left to Right, Front to Back and Rotational (Yaw). Left to Right balance is what people are most familiar with and is the primary balance used for riding a regular bicycle or indeed flying a plane. In the case of flying a plane there is a visual supplement to left to right balance provided by the observation of the horizon line. Front to Back balance has very little visual input and is the primary balance used in riding a surfboard, windsurfer and snowboard. Front to Back balance is a finer instrument than Left to Right balance and offers a greater degree of artistic feedback. This is evidenced by the difference between skiing and snowboarding. Skiing (Left to Right balance) is faster than Snowboarding (Front to Back balance); however people like to snowboard because of the greater artistic expression. Introducing a new bicycle invention by myself, Michael Killian. This bicycle is ridden sideways and is balanced by using human Front to Back balance. This bicycle uses Front and Rear steering.

I'd love to try this bike out because I still can't figure out how it works without seeing it in motion. Infact, a video of the guy riding it would be lovely. If you like this sort of thing, be sure to check out Crazy Bikes which features a large number of oddly invented bicycles.

Link (via Boing Boing)