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Go Fly A Bike...(13 posts)

Go Fly A Bike...Akirasho
Dec 17, 2003 6:13 AM

Be the bike.
And On Cyclingnews....Gregory Taylor
Dec 17, 2003 6:24 AM

By the way, look at that bike -- hand made lugged steel single speed...the Brothers knew cool!

I work very close to the Smithsonian Air and Space museum where the Wright Brother's 1903 Flyer is now hanging. I'm gonna walk over at lunch to pay my respects.
I'd like a set of those bars..Dave Hickey
Dec 17, 2003 6:44 AM
Bicycle design hasn't really changed much in 100 years. Compare bike technology to automobiles or airplanes.

I guess bike designers got it right the first time:-)
You can sorta get the same effect....Gregory Taylor
Dec 17, 2003 6:52 AM taking a riser-style MTB bar or, better yet, a bar from a "cruiser"-style bike, and flipping it over so that it drops down.
I believe that's the origin of cruiser bars ...Humma Hah
Dec 17, 2003 12:09 PM
... they just flipped over old-style roadbike drops.
Dec 17, 2003 7:08 AM
Today is the 100th aniversary of the Wright's first flight at Kitty Hawk.

So really over 100 years of airplane technology we went from a box kite powered by a very weak engine that flew for 12 seconds to space probes taking pictures of Pluto and Charon. Pretty damn amazing if you ask me.

Wonderfully astonishing times we are living in.

Anyone know the weather this morning in Kitty Hawk?Dave Hickey
Dec 17, 2003 7:15 AM
I think the recreated flight is supposed to happen at 10:30est
Anyone know the weather this morning in Kitty Hawk?russw19
Dec 17, 2003 7:37 AM
54 degrees, light rain. Wind from SSW at 8mph.

4 groups that were doing recreation flights have already done so. Most of them on saturday. It was on CNN last night.

Raining-Flight delayed until 2:00 p.mms
Dec 17, 2003 8:23 AM
The Raleigh News and Observer website reports that the 10:30 a.m. re-enactment has been postponed to 2:00 p.m. because of heavy rain.
The first attempt splashed ...Humma Hah
Dec 17, 2003 12:10 PM
... the plane hit a puddle around the end of the launch track and just stopped. They'll try again later, weather permitting.
Wright Flyer - "the ultimate custom built" [nm]bent_spoke
Dec 17, 2003 7:04 AM
the Wright bros were weight weenies too...marcoxxx
Dec 17, 2003 7:48 AM
one wing section 17lbs w/o the cover. also since they were bike builders they based their controllable flight on the controllable bike concept.
WB's as weight weenies....bent_spoke
Dec 17, 2003 4:35 PM
I saw a show on public TV where they were trying to duplicate the WB's flight. Initially, the WB's wanted an engine that weighed less than 200lbs & provided at least 8hp. Since they couldn't find one, they had it built and got a 179lb engine with 12 hp. Like the orignial, the replica did not include an oil pump or radiator just to save weight.

Great upgrade though!!...weight savings and greater power output [no interval training required!]. Awesome dudes!!!