Author Topic: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen  (Read 402245 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2750 on: January 28, 2019, 06:27:45 pm »
Looks as if it's based around an oversize pair of handcuffs!
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2751 on: January 28, 2019, 06:36:58 pm »
It has to be, given the general impracticality of putting a mechanical drivetrain in there.  Other issues left as an exercise for the reader, but the whole thing comes across as one of those design student creations which has escaped into the real worldhttps://neofold.com/

File under not-road-legal vehicles that have wheels and are faster than walking.

My bold.
This. Very much so.
£956.13?
I don't think so.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2752 on: January 29, 2019, 12:41:56 pm »
It has to be, given the general impracticality of putting a mechanical drivetrain in there.  Other issues left as an exercise for the reader, but the whole thing comes across as one of those design student creations which has escaped into the real worldhttps://neofold.com/

File under not-road-legal vehicles that have wheels and are faster than walking.

My bold.
This. Very much so.
£956.13?
I don't think so.

Well, exactly. You could buy a folding e-bike for that, which would have more uses.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2753 on: January 29, 2019, 03:48:38 pm »
How many attempts have there been at all-electric drivetrains? Folding utility bikes might be one application where they just might make sense, especially if you can add a small battery for e-assist.

Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2754 on: January 29, 2019, 04:11:46 pm »
How many attempts have there been at all-electric drivetrains? Folding utility bikes might be one application where they just might make sense, especially if you can add a small battery for e-assist.

The efficiency gets you if you rely on human power alone, but as you say, that's not such a problem if it's an e-assist bike anyway.  It's something that would be interesting to play with, as you effectively get a software-defined CVT.  And no exposed oily bits.

I suspect the compelling argument against it is that you can make it even more mechanically simple by swapping the genset at the cranks for a simple sensor and adding a bit more battery capacity instead.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2755 on: January 29, 2019, 06:17:06 pm »
 
The efficiency gets you if you rely on human power alone, but as you say, that's not such a problem if it's an e-assist bike anyway.  It's something that would be interesting to play with, as you effectively get a software-defined CVT.  And no exposed oily bits.

How big are the losses likely to be - 10% overall? In which case it might still make sense (FCVO) for a utility bike in places with civilised infrastructure, especially if the lack of chain means you can design a cunning fold or what have you.

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I suspect the compelling argument against it is that you can make it even more mechanically simple by swapping the genset at the cranks for a simple sensor and adding a bit more battery capacity instead.

Which makes me wonder in a rules-lawyery kind of way: is a vehicle with a 250W motor and cranks that aren't connected to anything but a pedal sensor, a road-legal bicycle?

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2756 on: January 29, 2019, 06:26:26 pm »
I test rode a Mando Footloose that tried this a few years ago. The basic problem is that spinning a generator that has no feel to it in relation to your riding is really unpleasant. It also had very little resistance to the pedals so you probably weren't contributing much power.

Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2757 on: January 29, 2019, 07:30:13 pm »
Which makes me wonder in a rules-lawyery kind of way: is a vehicle with a 250W motor and cranks that aren't connected to anything but a pedal sensor, a road-legal bicycle?

AIUI the pedals have to be capable of 'propelling' the cycle, so probably not.
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JennyB

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2758 on: January 30, 2019, 02:35:23 pm »
How many attempts have there been at all-electric drivetrains? Folding utility bikes might be one application where they just might make sense, especially if you can add a small battery for e-assist.

The efficiency gets you if you rely on human power alone, but as you say, that's not such a problem if it's an e-assist bike anyway.  It's something that would be interesting to play with, as you effectively get a software-defined CVT.  And no exposed oily bits.

I suspect the compelling argument against it is that you can make it even more mechanically simple by swapping the genset at the cranks for a simple sensor and adding a bit more battery capacity instead.

One possiblity for a heavy cargobike that has to stop a lot is a hub motor for regen and a low single-speed for maximum human assistance on starts and steep climbs where the motor is least efficient. Once up to minimum speed the pedals freewheel an power a genartor, giving a constant regen of say 100 watts.
Jennifer - walker of hills



Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2759 on: February 18, 2019, 08:22:37 pm »
Biplane handlebars.

Wrong on so many levels.


Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2760 on: February 18, 2019, 09:04:53 pm »
Depends how you feel about Snoopy.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2761 on: February 19, 2019, 07:34:33 pm »
Biplane handlebars.

Wrong on so many levels.



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cygnet

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2762 on: February 20, 2019, 01:47:12 pm »
I Said, I've Got A Big Stick

Andrij

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2763 on: February 20, 2019, 01:54:16 pm »
;D  Andrij.  I pronounce you Complete and Utter GIT   :thumbsup:

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2764 on: February 20, 2019, 02:17:41 pm »
"The goddess Kali depicted as a bicycle."
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Clare

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2765 on: February 22, 2019, 07:00:47 pm »


Parked next to my bike at work the other day.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2766 on: March 16, 2019, 08:15:13 pm »
Do bikes in shops count? This was in Colston Bike Workshop.

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Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2767 on: March 16, 2019, 08:16:53 pm »
Chain's a bit...
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2768 on: March 16, 2019, 08:45:26 pm »
Pedaling effort sets up a wave motion in the chain, which in this case was in exact counter-frequency to the wave in the stays and therefore the entire chain dematerialised. The rims and spokes are invisible due to their extremely high speed, whereas hubs of course are essentially stationary.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2769 on: March 16, 2019, 09:19:38 pm »


<Pimp My Ride> "Yo dawg, I heard you like bar ends so we put bar ends on your bar ends..." </Pimp My Ride>
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Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2770 on: March 29, 2019, 06:13:47 pm »
Noticed an interesting modification to an otherwise normal hybrid as its owner unlocked it outside the shop yesterday:  A Mk 1 bit of knicker elastic linking the top of the lower front mudguard stays to one of the down-tube cable stops.  I couldn't work out whether this was an exasperated bodge to prevent the mudguard rubbing, or an attempt at a rudimentary steering damper.  It didn't look like it was stunningly effective at either.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2771 on: March 29, 2019, 06:58:02 pm »
Trophy?
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2772 on: March 29, 2019, 11:41:11 pm »
I saw this monstrosity in Amsterdam in February:


Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2773 on: March 30, 2019, 04:14:47 pm »
Very poor show: they haven't synchronised top and bottom cranks.  ;)
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2774 on: March 30, 2019, 05:14:38 pm »
Looks as though the gearing could be different  :demon: