The Gyrobike: Geeky, but Cool

Submitted by: triplej 8 years ago in Science

Finally you too can ride a bike without hands just like the cool kids on your block.
There are 45 comments:
Female 924
Agree with littlepete50, it`ll make it harder for kids to learn riding a bike properly.
And if you already know how to ride a bike, why would you need this? According to the video, to ride without hands at 2 mph ... yeah, that`s really useful.
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Male 1,357
its cool, problem is, kids will never learn to properly ride a bike because the bike rides itself!! man up and stay old school kids and learn to ride a bike with no hands by finding a big hill and jus go for it! then go flat :)
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Female 192
I can ride my bike with no handlebars...
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Female 46
I think it would be only useful for children, other than that why don`t you get ON your bike, and HOLD onto the handlebars.
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Male 668
Did the description remind anyone else of that vehicle Mr. Garrison made in South Park? The IT, where there were 4 handles, 2 for your hands, 2 for umm... well I`ll let you figure it out.
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Female 710
What`s the point?
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Male 180
Clever for the kids. If they are good enough to bring this to market, they will make a lot of money.
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Female 28
its pretty cool for like little kids learnig how to ride honestly what does it do for other people
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Male 140
The 80`s music reminded me of Back to the Future, which reminded me that we still don`t have hoverboards. Get to work on that, Gyrobike people!!!
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Male 288
Simply useless
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Male 2,582
Or you could just get some training wheels and look really cool.
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Male 177
If it uses more energy, it might be good for exercising with. The turning problem might pose quite the problem, of course.
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Male 1,765
I have one of those Gyro-wheel thingies. They are cool and everything, but you can only make it spin in one direction. That means the bike won`t be able to go backwards. Also, as Thryonn said, you need more energy to spin it, and more energy to brake. Annd as Mikets said, its pretty hard to turn.
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Male 86
Another problem is that the gyro takes extra energy to operate making it less efficient. So it will be slower and you will have to pedal harder to achieve the same speed as without.
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Male 246
There is one problem with the gyrobike: the gyro is on the front wheel, so as well as keeping the bike steady, it also creates resistance to turn the wheel , so you won`t be able to turn the bike as easily, I guess.

Why not put the gyro on the back wheel? If the bike starts to tople, the gyro will still counter balance, but not as much.

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Female 155
You know, training wheels and tricycles have been around for a long time if you`re looking for bicycling without handlebars without first learning how to properly balance yourself for that sort of task.
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Female 675
wow thats awesome... does that make me a geek?
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Male 203
chaouse, i think the "Gyrobike" is just the front wheel, and not the whole bike. So technically it does make sense.
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Male 194
"Your bike simply can`t do this without the Gyrobike?" That makes no sense what so ever. I`m Taking AP english so i know my stuff. But besides that this is wow. i do want one and its not geeky.
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Male 391
what is this witchcraft.............i shall harness the power of this gyro bike and with it i shall rule the world!
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Male 724
DAMN YOU BACKFAT.


I wanted to say that. -emo-

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Male 2,855
now i can take my bike for a walk!!! no more need to actually getting on the bike anymore! genius
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Female 15,763
Oh man, I could totally use this.

I always have issues stopping on my bike at intersections because my feet don`t reach all the way to the ground (long explanation).

Dude.

I totally want one of those. And not in the "Ooh, I wanna hover car!" kind of way. Like, an actual I want to save up money and get one of those kind of way.

:[

Someone buy me a Gyrobike!

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Male 57
thank you science for managing to make one of the few skills I have on my bicycle, that took me time and energy to learn, a useless gesture due to a doodad you can attach to your front wheel. neat though, wonder how fast you can ride with that thing and still have it work how it`s supposed to.
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Male 52
I wouldn`t want that on my unicycle... Think it would probably just throw off your balance.
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Male 352
why don`t they use this technology with unicycles?
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Male 510
I love physics so much.
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Male 1,002
Lukas1051, did you even watch the whole video?! The whole idea is that you have better balance when you RIDE it. The whole pushing thing is a demonstration. Please tell me you were being sarcastic!
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Male 1,399
That is badass.

Stabilization for a wheel. Any wheel, on any vehicle.

Simple and brilliant.

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Male 1,053
hmmm cool but yeh learn the real way kids
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Male 39
I wonder what this would do on my unicycle?
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Male 3,425
Completely takes the idea and point out of riding a bike. And whats so cool about a bike with goes for about 2 seconds before you have to keep nudging it with your hand.
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Male 332
Huh. Looks like spinners have a use after all. I remember making the transition from training wheels to two wheels. All I did was try to keep both training wheels in the air at the same time while riding for a week or so. The transition was painless (pun totally intended).
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Male 260
Good now we can make kids even lazier. I would hate to teach my kid to balance.

First the automatic transmission, now this....

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Female 929
That`s Awesome for teaching kids! As long as they don`t go below 2mph they`ll stay on it!

Also, great for kids with Dyspraxia - a learning / balance difficulty which makes some kids develop balance skills MUCH slower.

Great invention. : D

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Male 356
Useless. Who rides their bike at 2 MPH in the first place? And as for using it to teach kids to ride a bike.. well.. whatever. Falling off is part of learning, and it seems like a rather expensive alternative to training wheels and a little bit of road rash.
Over all: Lame.
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Male 370
Wow... its like if the product doesn`t convince you... the song will... So Pointless.
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Male 15
Very geeky indeed.
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Male 9,306
Interesting technology. I want one, mainly because I need a better way to get around Long Beach and hell, the exercise would be good for me.

I hate to be a jerk and piss on the parade but from what I`ve seen, people will abuse the bike`s balancing act so they can talk on their cell phones... ( -_-)

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Male 1,894
I bet it would be WAY easier to teach my daughter how to ride a bike without training wheeles if I had one of these things. Right now she is terrified of the idea. She`s a wuss.
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Male 266
kids will no longer know how to really ride a bike. they`ll be so dependent on the gyro thing that without it they will fail. Totally changing the cliche "it`s like a riding a bike." which will now mean without a bike HAX u fail.
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Male 11,740
Cool, I wouldn`t mind having one to play around with sometimes. But the video was way too long.
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Male 12,138
I am stunned into silence by the utter abject pointlessness.
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Male 1,894
I can ride my bike with no handlebars....
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Male 382
Link: The Gyrobike: Geeky, but Cool [Rate Link] - Finally you too can ride a bike without hands just like the cool kids on your block.
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