The HyperBike is the invention of Curtis DeForest and is an unusual bicycle with no chair and with very big wheels. The design exceeds imagination, being both aggressive and bizarre at the same time. Have you ever though that speed doesn’t depend on a singular propulsion mechanism, but on a set of mechanisms tied one to another? You could pedal like no other, however a normal bicycle wouldn’t run fast enough. Building some additional pedals for your hands could make a difference.
DeForest explained that riding the HyperBike is similar to swimming, because you have to use both your hands and feet to advance. This could be like swimming in the air and the physical results of your body would be the same.
The HyperBike is built with two big wheels on each side and one small in front. It is safer to ride than any ordinary bike. The diameter of the back-wheels is 8 feet, so you could easily imagine its impact on harsh terrain. Inspired by the stability and speed of racing wheelchairs, the HyperBike could easily reach 50 mph or maybe more, if the one who rides it has enough strength and agility.
The rider’s position on the HyperBike is calculated in such a way that the center of gravity is below the wheel axis. Normally, on conventional bikes the weight of the rider is above the axis, and the leg-pedals, without any additional mechanisms, carry the upper torso as dead weight. It’s a good demonstration on how simple physics can enhance a better quality for human-powered transportation, while putting less effort into it and using less resources. The HyperBike weighs almost 200 pounds, but with the use of carbon fiber the prototype could become lighter.
Riding the HyperBike with all four limbs
NASA has already shown interest in Curtis DeForest’s invention by investing some capital in the development of a new model through the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program. The new model would serve as a sustainable human-powered transportation vehicle in lower gravity backgrounds. Of course, astronauts would need to learn to flap their arms and feet like birds or be very good swimmers to deal with the Hyperbike.
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