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Not a 'bent fan...but this is definitely doable...(12 posts)

Not a 'bent fan...but this is definitely doable...eschelon
Jan 28, 2003 9:58 AM
I just spotted this thing and it is awesome! Just think, you can go out riding in the worst weather...cold, winter, rain...it doesn't matter...ride to work in it, etc...the ideas are endless!

I just wish it was in the $2500 range...too damn expensive...maybe I do some drug dealing on the side for some extra caysh?

http://www.go-one.biz/ukindex.shtml
Very cool, very expensive!CJ838
Jan 28, 2003 10:07 AM
My only problem with any recumbent is other's seeing you. I've seen a few 'bent riders get hit by other riders who weren't looking for them. I know it's the other riders fault, but I liken it to being a motorcycle rider on a highway. I often would get into a near miss situation because drivers didn't see me. Luckily, I was never in any accidents.

In any case, it is a cool looking 'bent. Would love to just try it.

CJ
Very cool, very expensive!S-U-B
Jan 28, 2003 10:28 AM
dang, I might have to get me one of those. that would be great for commuting to work. Just needs a heater for the winter! How does riding a bent differ from a road bike as far as fitness/muscles involved? I know it's probably very close but what are the differences?
It only costs as much as my car - muscles involvedPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 28, 2003 11:07 AM
It'd definitely be cool. But the price is insane... wonder what the average cruising speed would be.

Then I think the muscles involved riding a recumbant are completely different. You aren't using your upper body practically at all I'd guess your hip flexors/glutes wouldn't get used as much since I know from riding recumbent stationary bikes your legs aren't even close to touching you chest.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
7,000 Euro?Spoke Wrench
Jan 28, 2003 11:16 AM
How much is that in real money?

I doubt it would need much of a heater. I'd think that enclosure with the big plastic bubble would be plenty warm once you got to peddling in earnest. I'd definitely want an A/C for St. Louis summers.
About $7000 US (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 28, 2003 11:28 AM
They don't mention anything about ventilationgreg n
Jan 28, 2003 11:16 AM
Try to imagine using that thing tandem on a long ride when it's closed up. I'd bet it would get pretty ripe in there even after mile 30. That would be one stinky, sweat box.
another option...and this is definitely doable as well...ohmk1
Jan 28, 2003 11:26 AM
This is another optiion. This Windcheetah isn't completely enclosed, but you could ride it any weather. And it's bloody fast, as well as expensive. If you ever get a chance to ride one of these, you won't regret it.
bet it's faaaaastyodlebike
Jan 28, 2003 12:27 PM
don't we waste like 75% of our energy overcoming wind resistance? this thing would probably feel like drafting an SUV. coool. show up for your local flat timetrial on this baby. lol.
Thumbs down.nn23
Jan 28, 2003 12:41 PM
Segway even it is not a HPV.

# Price: How much does a 2nd hand Mazda Miata cost?
# Mobility: How do you carry that bent in a bus/tram etc ?
# Parking: Does it fit in my office cube?
# If you have not yet learnt to make 3 point turns...
Or you could always step out of the box,
turn it around, step back in ...
# Now imagine opening a door and take this huge thing inside thru one of those self shutting office doors.

# Ventilation for legs - huge problem in summer
# Winter - a regular bike seems lot safer on snow roads - think visibility and ability to jump out into the shoulder
(disclaimer - live in CA and no experience here)

# FUN: You really think sitting inside this box could be more fun than the freedom and experience offered by a regular bike or the Segway?

Just my .02
Segway: the pedestrian SUV nmnoveread
Jan 28, 2003 7:39 PM
Ventilation UnknownKeeponTrekkin
Jan 29, 2003 6:56 AM
Cool looking machine, but..

In hot, sunny weather, how are you going to feel inside that greenhouse?

In cool, damp weather, how are you going to keep the inside of the canopy clear?

Both these situations are aggravated by exercise which produces lots of heat and moisture.....

KoT