01 May '15, 8pm

Building A Square Bicycle

Imagine the forks that go to the front wheel axle, instead are attached to a vertical strut. This is while standing still. If you use vertical forks then turning the handle bars does nothing to your dynamics or balance. The strut just rotates in the vertical axis. If the forks are angled forward, then turning the handle bar forces the bike to the left or right and also lowers it. If you change the strut to a wheel, then the point of contact also moves as you turn the bars and it starts to get a little complicated – you can get the old flipped-over-the-handlebars maneuver on a more vertical setup like a mountain bike. Always a hit on Ridiculousness. Just as in dirt bikes where power is your best friend when things start going wrong (leave that brake alone!), so going against intuition and powering through the start of a fall also works for muscle power. Speed in the corneri...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2015/05/01/building-a-square-bicycle/

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