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Old 01-25-2006, 08:34 PM   #1
Mark Gebhard
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This is surreal. It's not in English, but you get the idea.

http://www.busbike.com.br/
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Old 01-26-2006, 07:55 AM   #2
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At first I thought the bus was powered by the people pedalling inside! But I don't think that's the case, after translating the site. Still it looks like a travelling "spinning" class with techno and lights. That would be pretty trippy seeing that roll down your street Saturday morning at 3am.
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:50 AM   #3
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It would be an interesting engineering project to design a buss that was powered by those bikes. That would be a feat. Then see if you could actually make it more efficient than bikers on individual bikes.
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Old 01-26-2006, 05:25 PM   #4
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Roger, yeah. It would just take some fancy gearing and a giant flywheel underneath or on top of the bus to store energy during idle times, for example when people are pedalling but the bus is at a red light. Or when people are tired but the bus is going up a hill :-)

From the busbike website I *think* that as the bus goes up/down hills they adjust the resistance of each bike's flywheels to simulate hills. I could be wrong but I think that's the gist of the whole "bring nature back to exercise" goal of the busbike.

Now imagine what happens when the bus gets in an accident. I saw no seat belts on those bikers. Sort of like a big blender with windows at that point.
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:02 PM   #5
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They made a bike that has 40 riders that all contribute to motion.

I can't seem to find a pic though.

I have also seen a bike that holds somewhere around 10 people, they all face each other and one person has control of the steering.
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Old 01-27-2006, 05:39 PM   #6
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Jeremy, you're cracking me up with your avatars :-)
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Old 01-27-2006, 05:47 PM   #7
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Next up on Gerado: Helicopters with interior climbing holds.
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Old 01-29-2006, 03:10 AM   #8
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Jeremy, have seen something like that in amsterdam. Was a mobile bar where people could peddle while they drank and the bar-tender took care of steering.

What will they think of next?1
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Old 01-29-2006, 10:42 AM   #9
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Now, not only is it too much hassle to go outside and run, it's too much hassle to put on a helmet, sit on your keister, and ride a bike! I agree, the no-seat-belt thing wouldn't go over well here.

Being an ex-Spinning instructor, I thought it was cool for just a second. One second. Then I remembered how I couldn't stand being in a room with people who (chin-to-chest, wildly flailing legs) wouldn't ride their bikes outside and had to be told they were going up hills.

Why the judgements? I personally live for riding hills on my fixed-gear, and people who work out inside in the 'winter' of Tucson Arizona need to get their head examined, IMO.

Again, at the very least, that should be some kind of hybrid bus that the class is charging the batteries during the rides. If not, what a waste.

Wow, had to get that out.

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Old 01-30-2006, 03:14 PM   #10
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Wow the two things I hate the most, spin classes and public transport, together at last!
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