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Why are laser beams never used for road bikes?

Old 11-04-09, 05:21 PM
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Why are laser beams never used for road bikes?



someone had to ask.
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Old 11-04-09, 05:29 PM
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I'm a little confused. Is this a new product, or a proposed product? If so, I like the idea.

But then Dr. Evil wanted "sharks with fricken laser beams on their heads", and he didn't get what he wanted either. He got ill tempered mutant sea bass.... hardly the same thing.
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I predict this thread will go off-beam.
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**** then!
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I'd like to have a bike mounted laser that i could fire at some of the good ole boy rednecks around here in the pick ups trying to run you off the road....... pisses me off, but I can't fit an AK47 in my saddle bag.
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Are they going to be treated by an "evil vet"?
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Old 11-04-09, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I predict this thread will go off-beam.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
I'd like to have a bike mounted laser that i could fire at some of the good ole boy rednecks around here in the pick ups trying to run you off the road....... pisses me off, but I can't fit an AK47 in my saddle bag.
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Back on topic.
From ubergizmo.com:
No, this laser won't be able to mow down wayward motorists who don't give you way on the road, but instead it will shoot an elliptical beam around your bicycle, making you look larger than it really is, practically to the size of an average car. This is made possible by drawing an ellipse of light which is sensitive to virtually anything that crosses the perimeter - for example, when a car comes too close for comfort, the light will turn red while letting all the horns go off until the car backs off. The whole setup comprises of a quartet of adaptable pieces which can be connected via an auto adhesive tape, and they are a plastic case, a laser light, a distance sensor and a spherical head to adjust the light, three horns and a battery.
Sounds terrific. But does it have enough horns?
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What kind of wheels are on that bike? Uh-oh, the rider is NOT wearing a helmet


But, back on topic. I think that would be cool, except for the horn thing.
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What is it supposed to do?
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Originally Posted by xtrajack View Post
What is it supposed to do?
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
Are you tryng to suggest that riding a road bike is like walking back and forth across a very short beam? That no matter how beautifully or how athletically it's done, it's still, well... walking back and forth across a very short beam?

Hmmm?
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
Are you tryng to suggest that riding a road bike is like walking back and forth across a very short beam? That no matter how beautifully or how athletically it's done, it's still, well... walking back and forth across a very short beam?

Hmmm?

yes.



no.
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Old 11-04-09, 06:42 PM
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I think a beer can launcher mounted to the bars for redneck return fire would do more...............


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I think a beer can launcher mounted to the bars for redneck return fire would do more...............
Yes, as a distraction/weapon; at which point said redneck will stop worrying about the wussy in the lycra, and go chase down some suds.
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Actually this idea is being done...

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09..._leisure/9.htm
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Uh-oh, the rider is NOT wearing a helmet
It's ok, he doesn't have a chain either.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I predict this thread will go off-beam.
I think it will quickly become polarizing.
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
yes.



no.
Well, why not? It so often seems we end up just where we started.


Maybe I just think too much. Or not enough.
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
Are you tryng to suggest that riding a road bike is like walking back and forth across a very short beam? That no matter how beautifully or how athletically it's done, it's still, well... walking back and forth across a very short beam?

Hmmm?
I'd like to see you do those flips and such on your next bike ride which will just so happen be on a short and narrow beam.
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