> I think the hardest part is going to be figuring out the ideal location
> for handlebars. Too close to the seat, and the rider must crunch
This “hunched” position is a good way to describe what many of us have
been doing all these years, when we hold the front of the seat. It takes
some weight off the crotch, but is neither ergo nor aero.
> too far forward, and you begin altering your balance quite a bit. I am
> enclined to wonder what the ideal riding position on a coker would be.
Probably something in between. When you use aero bars on a regular bike
you also put your body into a position that’s harder to balance from. But
the purpose of being aero is generally for long, straight rides, so it
should be acceptable, as long as there is an alternate position that
allows the rider to be more upright (similar to holding the tops of the
bars, or brake hoods on a road bike). Maybe a close handle and a far
handle would work.
Michael Kirsch had a nice handlebar unit on a 3:1 ratio short giraffe at
UNICON VIII in England. I wonder if I have a picture of that? It allowed
for both hands to hold comfortably, close together, with room for a cycle
computer in the middle and room to dismount around it.
Then if someone wanted to manufacture such handles, the angle or length
should be adjustable to allow for different rider size and preference.
> I remember Andy Cotter had two of those standard bike “seat packs” (or
> whatever they’re called) inside of his wheel. That was one of the
> greatest ideas I’d seen – I just would never have tought to use the
> wheel for storage.
Except for the obligatory tennis ball. I’d forgotten Andy had those on
there, but that’s probably what made me think of it. A wider axle would
have a lot more room inside as well. Here’s a picture of Andy’s road
machine, which he rode from the CN Tower in downtown Toronto back to the
convention site: http://www.ofoto.com/PhotoView.jsp?UV=225164213379_58748-
Sorry about the nasty URL. If you can’t get that to work, go here and
scroll down the NUC Toronto page a little past halfway:
Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone firstname.lastname@example.org
“We’re fat…and old…and bald!” – Ken Krakat, on seeing me for the
first time in over 10 years, along with other former Redford unicyclist