"Presumably a refined version of the old Benelux approach
". I'm a strange chap in that I know almost nothing of history on most topics. I'm like that because a long time ago I decided that "influence clouds innovation" (it's the artist in me, I'm also a sculptor). When we have ideas in our head borne of "modification of existing kit" they become just that, a revamped version of something already here. As an innovator I simply look at the issue and use science/know how/experience to reach a result. Before your post my friend I was unaware that it had ever been attempted, but from Neds beautiful image I see it has
However I can see why it failed to become the leading design, it is flawed on almost every level, but is great history/art considering when it was designed. It's hard to believe that before Tulio cracked the design, the parralelogram was un-invented, a design that is pure engineering genius and hard to beat.
My design was borne of the problems of the cages, and this constant wear & tear of their appearance. I decided to dispose of the cage altogether, and the jockeys, which is when the parralelogram also got kicked into touch. If I get time I'll post some pics, but for now, "mine is based upon triangulation and a hydraulic / magnetic sliding triangle appearing from within another. It has 1 steel jockey. Thanks for asking though
(ps: I'm not afraid to talk about my work or post images. I'll never be the guy to mass market it, and I'm too old and tired to get involved in patents again) All the best, Laz.
PPS: Obree is much more than a breath of fresh air for me, he really is a genuine innovator, who perhaps 1 day will receive the credit due for his work in bike design. I know he is a loveable guy, who rides like a man possessed, but for me, his innovations will last the entire history of cycling. He simply set out to design the bike that suited him, that would make him fast, as fast as possible. He did it of his own accord with no money or backing, and often humiliation & mockery, but he soldiered on regardless. He didn't set out to change the world OR rock the boat, but he did, and he did it BIGTIME. For this he was punished by the WCF. I guess it really hurts to know he will be remembered only for his cycling abilities & not really for his doggedness that lead to his "new way of riding". It stands still to this day and spawned the tri-bar stuff etc. Perhaps until now, no-one has really noticed & thus attributed the changes in cycling to HIM and him alone. I don't think even he has noticed just how much his way of cycling spawned so many new ideas in bike design, he just craves ways of achieving his goal, and sees nothing else
"he's planning on doing it this year". The exact month is in the link. All the best, Laz. (ps: read these boards and after a few days you'll need counselling & headache tablets you'll learn so much
Hi again Lewis
I know where you're coming from re: spine tingling, I've become almost obsessed with his concept and really need to see a better version of his machine. I'm no expert on recumberment cycling and drive placement, but I'm sure they use "extra gears/chainsets to get ratios to function
. Me personally I'd opt for twin chainset - dual drive on a rear flipflop, but engaging the second (leftside/non DS) at the right speed requires a bit of working out. I recently read all about the LEJOG speed record set by a concept bike, but there was no mention of gearing ? All the best, yours Laz.
So nice to see you in here, "there is never too much history in a post my old friend, only not enough
" What do you think of the "Obree Teardrop Theory ?"
"Use the bike to propel the bodyweight NOT drag it ?".
I'm simply gobsmacked at what that means, because it makes perfect sense. All the aerodynamics in the world cannot compensate for drag when proplusion is a know fact of achieving speed, after all, "a bullet is not dragged out of the barrel of a gun, it is propelled
" Take care buddy, yours Laz.
ps: "beautiful bike by the way, stunning work of art".
Hi RK, nice to see you here too
" check out the link buddy, the man himself is on it
" As for land speed records on a bike, the current record is 82mph BUT it was achieved without any aid from draughting/cadging a slipstream lift/being towed for an easy start, it was just 1 man and his bike and his legs. There are quite a few records for speed on bikes, but craziest was a nutter who basically threw himself off a mountain and got upto 130+ mph. Going down a mountain sort of helped though. Later buddy, Laz.
Yeah, seen it a few times now buddy, and I still wish he'd smack those jerks over the head with his bike. A very moving insight into his "life and how he pays for his obsessions". The tree part was very sad indeed. I wonder how he'd feel if a "troupe set off for his hometown, raising money on the way, gathering more riders as it gets nearer, a sort of South to North ride in his honour, and fundraiser (he looks like he could do with it). I guess if a 1000+ riders turned up "just to say hello & wish him well, he might just realise how loved he is within the cycling world". The guy is a genuine sorta person you know
Later buddy, Laz.
As for me, "what do you reckon I upload my current designs for his bike ?" So we can all ponder, think, laugh, and enjoy the trials & tribulations of bike designing ?" Later everyone, Laz.