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Old 06-12-18, 09:38 AM
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Model 318 Faired Cargo Bike by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr


Bike Parade by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr


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Model 318 Faired Cargo Bike by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr


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Riding the Newly Refurbished "Model 318" Cargo Bike/Velomobile Hybrid, at the Herricks Bike Parade, on Long Island.

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I sent this to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Prior to 1962, there were a number of states that required cyclists to travel on the *left* side of the road, facing traffic , as a "pedestrian" would. That was also about the time (1960) that the first "Ten Speed" bicycles were imported from Europe. There was a general consensus that the faster bicycles would be better off going with traffic. So all states standardized their vehicle codes to put bicycles on the right side of the road.
A number of things went wrong.
• The Bicycles came shipped with these attrocious "drop bars" which forced the cyclists into a hunch back position , unable to see the road around him or her self.
• The UCI (International Cycling Union) insisted on rules that would encourage these "Drop Handlebars" , by declaring any other means of attaining an Aerodynamic Advantage to be "Cheating" (Fairings , and Recumbent Seating position).
• Rear View Mirrors were Not required (and still aren't). Many cyclists stil ride against traffic simply so they can see approaching cars and trucks.
• Helmets had been adopted for Football, but it took another 20 years for Helmets to become available for Bicycling
• LED Lights were popular in high-end stereo sound systems as early as the 1970's , but it took another 20 years for LED's to become availabvle for Bicycle Lights
• Neil Armstrong walked around on the Moon in 1969 with a tiny electronic Camcorder in his hand, but it took another 20 years for Camcorders to become available for Cyclists (and another 20 for the smaller "Go Pro" cameras to appear.
• Cycling is seldom taught in schools
• A lot of roads still don't have Sidewalks, and the roads that do have Sidewalks have ones that are not good for Cycling on. (A lot of Bicyclist are aware of their limitations , and would ride on the Sidewalk IF one was available.)

Progress has been slow, and I'm afraid not enough cyclists participate in the discussion , concerning what we need to do to improve safety in terms of REQUIRED EQUIPMENT.
There is a lot of equipment to buy, and many of the cyclists who do spend extra bucks, spend them to obtain the lightest, most fragile bikes avaiable, and they refuse to install mirrors or lights, even after spending $6,000.00 on the Carbon Fiber Bike.
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Class Struggle Theory: People bought bikes 1890-1925 , used them to commute to work , day-in, day-out . They earned tons of money . Had enough money to buy a car, so they splurged. They made a direct comparison , bikes versus cars. They decided the car was going to replace the bicycle.
Then they insisted on trying to get everyone else to switch from bikes to cars. There were no video cameras back then , but the **** they pulled was abominable. (pardon my french) .
They begged-the-question ; "' IF you had to choose between a Bicycle OR a Car, Which would you chose ? '". This is a fallacious argument , because most people can afford BOTH a Car AND a Bicycle.
Too many Vehicular Homicides. Victimless Homicides. Vehicular Happenstance. Stupid .
There was No rear-view mirrors that a bicyclist could use to see if a car was directly behind him , possibly with the intention of ramming the bike.
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" AN IMPROVED BICYCLE IS AN EXAMPLE OF TECHNOLOGY CREEPING UP ON YOU FROM BEHIND "
-You can quote me on that...
I've just had this epiphany, wherein I realized what it is that many motorists don't like about bicycles. Not all motorists , not even most, but a faction of them. It might be an economic interest in automobiles, where they are afraid of losing market share. "An improved bicycle is an example of technology creeping up on you from behind". There is a literal as well as figurative meaning to that.
Here are a few pictures of our Fairings. Fairings may give a slight speed advantage , even without specialized gearing (higher than 5:1 ratio).
We've tried to create an 'open platform' so that these designs may be used on e-bikes, and/or cargo bikes. Rental fleets seem to be following in our footsteps, as I see nothing but heavy duty step-thru designs with cargo carriers up front.
While we spent thousands of dollars in an endeavor to create a bicycle capable of carrying a video camera , reel-to-reel videotape recorder, and power supply, this is a moot point , since anyone can buy a Go-Pro (or similar) action camera.
Fortunately, the battery space can be used for e-motor-assist, or Lighting, which besides being a good thing, also helps the aforementioned camera.
Meanwhile, the Cargo Bike market is growing , while Recumbent sales have remained flat. E-motor-assist options are appearing just about everywhere.
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