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[Edited. See illustration in second link]
The KangaBike is an inflatable half of an exercise ball
with two (or three) small wheels at the external side
(later to become the bottom of the vehicle) one of which
is with a hub motor in it.
You wear a harness connected to a backpack. The
holds the battery, the inflating pump and the
You pull the cord and the hub wheel motor works on the
air pump, inflating the whole thing. Once it reaches the
correct pressure, the wheel releases the inflation tube,
and can now serve as the vehicle wheel and its motor
too. It is a low riding scooter, but rather than sitting
down you jump up, and fall in a sitting position, the
kanga bike bounces once or twice and then the fun
starts. Either bounce around like a regular exercise ball
or start the motor and Go Go Go!
[pashute, Feb 24 2011]
can anybody help make this nicer? [pashute, Feb 27 2011]
Early spring steel riding horse
[FlyingToaster, Mar 03 2011]
Future Kanga bike
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 03 2011]
||Anybody wanna give this idea a jumpstart?
||Jutta could you put my illustration up?
||[+] but isn't there a version of a rocking horse that does this ?
||A rocking horse with wheels? Works as an
scooter? Fun to jump up and down on.
||Fixed wheels on the legs and a bend in the middle of the body. When there's no weight on it, the wheels can rotate freely. When somebody sits down on it a pawl & ratchet on each wheel come into play, locking them into forward-only mode.
||On the downbounce the front wheels splay forward while the rear wheels remain where they are. Then on the upbounce the front wheels stay still while the rear wheels catch up.
||Ok. Thats a starter but the electric one folds
by deflating is more comfortable because of
the air cussion and will become the vehicle
of choice for the next generation of yuppies:
no sweating like on a bike but no cramps like
riding in a car. And fun.
||I still think this is a fun idea. How do I get an
illustration or pictures onto HB?