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Bungee Bike

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A bungee bike is what you get if you cross a doorway baby bouncer with a dandy-horse (early bicycle without pedals). It looks like a girl’s bike but without the saddle and pedals. Between the center of the handlebars and a post above the rear wheel are extended two short bungee cords joined to a comfy seat.

Thus, one can transport oneself easily, quickly and safely by bouncing, pushing away from the pavement and coasting before foot contact again, with something akin to the grace of a kangaroo. Downhill coasting is accomplished in a laid-back posture with the feet on the frame and necessary use of the hand brakes. Climbing steep hills can be done in the saddle at a walk. So get some exercise or get yourself to work by bounding, polka hopping or moon jogging on a bungee bike.

FarmerJohn, Aug 30 2002

(?) illustration http://www.geocitie...nie/bungeebike.html
[FarmerJohn, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

StreetFlyer.info http://www.StreetFlyer.info
I think this is similar. correct? [pashute, Feb 24 2011]


       I'd like to try this, but I think you'd have to be leaning forward, otherwise your legs would exert an upward and *backward* force on your bike, instead of the forward force you want.
lumpy, Sep 01 2002

       I think I need to see a picture of this one.
DrCurry, Sep 01 2002

       Not exactly the springwalker (see link) I think I understand the concept, and will try making one till the beginning of the summer.... Stay tuned.
pashute, Oct 30 2002

       Kids would love this, get on it, Christmas is coming.   

       As usual, a great illustration.
bristolz, Dec 04 2002

       With the recent report on fertility and men's biking we'll certainly see inovations in bike seats soon. Why do testicles have to ride on the seat? Can't they design a seat that uses the upper thighs and butt without the need for the front section?
jackoutofthebox, Dec 04 2002

thumbwax, Dec 05 2002

       Looks like a wedgie machine... An elastic cord climbing up your arse would certainly put the "bung" back in bungee!
Navy_Guns, Jul 21 2005

       The design would have to be modified. The attached saddle is going to be very unstable. Perhaps if there are two guiderails that the saddle is able to move up and down on, without tettering.
daseva, Jul 21 2005

       or how about if it had three wheels? maybe you would be harnessed in from above. almost to hang beneath a tripod on wheels.
Journal, Feb 19 2009

       Do you still have the illustration? Geocities died last year :-(   

       See new link... (just a sec)
pashute, Feb 24 2011

       Why was this idea not brought to my attention sooner?
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 24 2011

       Haw! good link pash.
FlyingToaster, Feb 24 2011


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