An Irish inventor has created a bicycle that combines the wheeled mechanics of a bike and the sideways navigation of a snowboard.
Irish inventor Michael Killian enjoyed the fluid motion of snowboarding and the skill involved in balancing on top of a snowboard. The only problem was in order to practice he had to be on a snowy mountain peak. Killian was able to solve this problem by combining his hobby of tinkering around with stuff and his love for snowboarding to create SidewaysBike.
When you don’t have any fresh powder
“I’ve always been hammering things together in the shed on the weekends, and I started thinking about building a bicycle like a snowboard where you’re pitching over and back. Gradually it started to work and then you’re kind of hooked, you can’t leave it alone. One thing led to another and voila, here’s the Sideways Bike,” said Killian. To operate the Sideways Bicycle, the rider must use a different balancing mechanism than regular bikes. Killian says this takes some getting used to, but after the learning curve it becomes second nature. In order to prevent the rider from slipping off, the bicycle is equipped with a large, U-shaped saddle, much like those used on unicycles. The bike can be ridden just for fun, or can actually be used as a training device for snowboarders.
“Riding this bicycle exercises the balance detection and correction mechanisms that a snowboard rider would use. The more you isolate and exercise this particular balance; the better you will snowboard,” notes Killian on the SidewaysBike website. Killian began working on his invention some years ago, acquiring a patent in 2005. Today, he can often be seen cycling around the streets of Paris on the SidewaysBike. Though we may not see it featured in Tour de France any time soon, it sure has a chance at winning over the consumer crowd. To read more about this ingenious invention, check out the SidewaysBike website.