Vehicle: Bicycle
Drop-a-Ramp   (+5, -2)  [vote for, against]
Can't get around something? Jump it.

The Drop-a-Ramp is a simple accesory for bikes. It is very convenient to have in case the biker is riding on or off-road when he or she comes across a tall, jagged, wide, or otherwise nasty-looking obsatcle. This could happen when a biker on a street is riding along when, he or she comes across a pot hole, hose, peice of scrap metal, person, sink hole, patch of broken glass, or other obstuction. This could happen off-road when the biker comes across a tall root or angry badger.

The Drop-a-Ramp itself is a retractable fork sticking out straight from the main steering fork, parallel to the ground. This fork will be a meter+ long when fully extended and ~one and a half feet wide (a bit more than a third of a meter-ish). On the end of the fork will dangle a small uncurved ramp at a 30 degree angle to the ground. The ramp will be lightweight (probably plywood) and will have small rubber feet on its' bottom. On its upper corners will be attatched two lengths of fishing line that are just far enough apart to clear the pedals when the bike goes over the ramp.

The Drop-a-Ramp system will also have a slightly more complex section located near the deraileur, which will catch the fishing line once the bike is on the ground having cleared the obstacle, and hoist the ramp (probably using the spinning of the rear wheel) up to the resting point of the ramp, a rack positioned above the rear wheel, where it can later be loaded onto the dropping fork once more.

I have jumped off of a similar ramp everyday for years and have gotten about a meter-long jump in the air and a foot-high jump vertically.
-- jellydoughnut, Oct 14 2005

[+] bun
-- VJW, Jan 27 2011

Utterly impractical, probably wouldn't work 9 times out of 10, more likely to cause injury to the cyclist than not and an extra burden to carry around when you're not using it.

Pure halfbakery fodder (+)
-- Twizz, Jan 27 2011

Well there goes Bicycle Pole Vaulting.

I can't believe this idea was un-annoed for so many years. (+)
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 27 2011

random, halfbakery