FlyRad - Electric Unicycle, Kinda

I’m not too sure what to make of this. It’s a motorized wheel on a stick, it seems that propels you as long as you’re on skates or any non-motorized wheel.

Which brought to mind the BC wheel.

Wow, that was one of the boringest 4-minute videos I think I’ve ever seen! It took them that long to show us that you can use the FlyRad to go in circles and figure-8s. And then at the end of the day, a straight line.

Or, you can think of it as a way to go from eight wheels… to nine! :smiley:

Do I make fun? Sorry. The BC Wheel idea sounds intriguing… for someone else to explore. I smell a sanded-down chin in the learning process…

The FlyRad idea has already been taken to a much more extreme extent though. Who are we to tell people what to do for fun?

Surely somebody can try it and ride without the skates. Then it would be more interesting :slight_smile:

Initially I thought it came with 2 wheels which would make it an overhyped bike but yea John’s right, with one wheel, faceplants seem likely ESPECIALLY if the thing is propelling you from the back. It’s like you ARE a rear-wheel drive car.

I can however think of plenty of uses for it. Like as a detachable extension to wheelchairs for one.

Not to mention as a merry-go-round accelerator…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLiwqmJY314

Hi johnfoss,

Even though you have been using unicycles for many years, it seems as though you really have no idea what a FlyRad is,nor how to use it. It is always wiser to be informed before making unknown assements.
Since you are so informed, please list all positions that can be used with your unicycle ?
Can you ride your unicycle in a way that a child cannot?
Can you inform us at what maximum speed your unicycle can travel?
Can you completely brake while moving at 24 mph for example?
What did you do personally to improve safety on unicycles?
As the “specialist” you should have no problem answering my questions that meet our satisfaction.

If you learn German, you can visit our homepage at:

http://www.FlyRad.de

Thomas & Shelley Rank

http://flyrad.kabelhomepage.de/fotoalbum/big.asp?selectedPicID=21&selectedalid=2

FlyRad

Hi vookash,

Everyone in Europe knows that you can ride/fly the “FlyRad” without skates.
Do you know how ? Use “google translater” to help you with our homepage, where you will find the answer!

www.FlyRad.de

I am anxious to see how intelligent you are and how much time it takes you to give us the right answer ? Time starts now !:slight_smile:

The FlyRad team

Well…no :stuck_out_tongue:

+1

Sorry I am in Europe but I had never heard of a FlyRad, let alone that I knew you could ride/fly one without skates. And I’m pretty sure I know many fellow Europeans who are in the same situation, so your statement is clearly wrong. Of course I wanted to be educated so I clicked on your link www.FlyRad.de (ich verstehe auch Deutsch also brauch keinen Translator), only to get to a “Cannot display the webpage” error. Anyway, if the FlyRad can be ridden without skates, why doesn’t the video show that?

FlyRad

Hallo fluxusmaximus,

thank you for your nice comments about the new invention.
It is not a BC wheel. It is a motorized one wheel with electric motor.
Up to now you can ride it in 8 different positions and it is very sporty.
Please visit the homepage:

www.FlyRad.de

or search in google with “FlyRad”.

Have a nice and relaxing christmas time;)
Thomas Rank

FlyRad

Hi Klaas Bil,
The FlyRad is a completely new invention and was shown to the public first time at the end of Oktober at the iENA 2010 in Nuremberg. It won the silver medaille.
Wir haben die Homepage getestet und die funktioniert im Moment einwandfrei. Um im Mediencenter die Videos ansehen zu können braucht man eine schnelle DSL Leitung.
Auf Youtube sind auch einige Videos zu finden. Als Erfinder wird man die Menschheit nicht gleich mit der kompletten Info bzgl. des FlyRads überschütten.
Noch einen schönen Abend

Das Flyrad team:)

Not everybody knows in Europe and all is said so aggressively that I will never knows because I’m not interested at all :angry:

Way to win over new customers FlyRad.

Haha this thread is great.

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Hi johnfoss,

Even though you have been using unicycles for many years, it seems as though you really have no idea what a FlyRad is,nor how to use it. It is always wiser to be informed before making unknown assements.
Since you are so informed, please list all positions that can be used with your unicycle ?
Can you ride your unicycle in a way that a child cannot?
Can you inform us at what maximum speed your unicycle can travel?
Can you completely brake while moving at 24 mph for example?
What did you do personally to improve safety on unicycles?
As the “specialist” you should have no problem answering my questions that meet our satisfaction.

If you learn German, you can visit our homepage at:

http://www.FlyRad.de

Thomas & Shelley Rank

AAAH, yes. There normal ways to strategically woo a possible new market share on your innovative product and then there are ways to make them run from it. Tommy Rank might be a victim of a bad english translator, but his tone leaves me wondering if anyone can tell me what the term “total bastard” is translated into German?

Yeah, nice attitude. What’s the German translation for FlyCrap?

That is correct. I am a unicycle expert, not a FlyRad expert. I assume you are a FlyRad expert and not a unicycle expert.

And not a marketing expert. Unfortunately you are reinforcing the stereotype about Germans and a sense of humor.

Answers to your questions:

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  • Please list all positions that can be used with your unicycle ? I have never had sex on a unicycle (ashamed to admit this). Even if I had, I would consider it bad manners to brag. Suffice it to say more than eight. Think Kunstradfahren; we do stuff like that.
  • Can you ride your unicycle in a way that a child cannot? This depends on the child. I can ride in lots of ways, but I know some children that can put me to shame.
  • Can you inform us at what maximum speed your unicycle can travel? Within the Earth's atmosphere, my unicycle can travel at terminal velocity, either with me on it or not. Top speed of human-powered unicycles on the ground depend on many factors; mostly rider power and skill. But back in the 1980s I was the fastest unicycle rider in the world.
  • Can you completely brake while moving at 24 mph for example? No and neither can anybody else. if you are going 24 mph you are not braked. I don't understand the question but your English is still much better than my German. I can apply braking force and stop fairly quickly, like many other types of vehicle. Adding a brake to a unicycle does not make a big difference in the stopping distance on level ground, as you have to maintain balance while braking. I think using the brake on a FlyRad which is held in front of you could allow for shorter stops on a unicycle. But of course it wouldn't really be a unicycle as you would be using the FlyRad to help support you.
  • What did you do personally to improve safety on unicycles? I have been involved in unicycle rules creation since 1981. I was the guy behind requiring kneepads and gloves for Track racing, starting in 1989 (many hate me for this). I am responsible for Schwinn adding a bumper to their saddles in 1986. That's saddle safety, but riders appreciated it as well! However I undid most of that by helping to make mountain unicycling popular starting in the 90s. :) [/LIST]

    I’m sure that will motivate me to improve my German skills. But in the meantime, to appeal to a larger audience you might want to consider adding languages to the FlyRad site. Or are you not the makers of the FlyRad, and only selling it in the German market?

    Okay we all know what a BC Wheel is. fluxusmaximus was suggesting it could be combined with the FlyRad for some crazy speed (and scariness).

    Surely someone has made a motorized wheel with handlebars before? Yes, I have seen them. Perhaps you are the first to patent one. Anyway, congratulations on the silver medal as I know that could not have been an easy achievement!

    And best of luck with the FlyRad. If you would like some advice from a unicycle expert, post only answers to questions and positive, helpful information and you will attract buyers.

  • Hello johnfoss,

    thanks a lot for taking the time and answering all questions !
    Most of these questions we thougt about while inventing/ improving the FlyRad.

    The reasons for inventing the FlyRad are:

    • having a different vehicle what makes fun to ride on besides unicycles and others…
    • having a new vehicle nearly anybody can learn to ride on within minutes
    • to have a new possibility in order inlineskaters can skate on very small roads, in the future likely on streets ?
    • to improve speed comared to unicycles and e.g. segways
    • to improve braking copared to unicycles and e.g. all new selfbalancing vehicles
      (not one can make a full brake if it`s necessary)
    • most ecological:no noise, no fumes, no gasoline station, no extra trip to fill up …
    • more flexible

    This new generation of electric powered sports bikes provides an exciting range
    of flexibility and versatility. FlyRad, patent pending, is a winning
    sports concept for youths and adults.

    Many regard to everybody on this board
    Hope that the NEW YEAR 2011 brings you all you`re wishing for

    Thomas Rank and the FlyRad team

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    As you see in the comments below Mr. Johnvoss answered our questions as a professional. We as a family have the right to downplay any negative comments that are said about us or our product. You see, I am American and my husband, the inventor of “FlyRad”, is German so our translation is no problem. And so it goes in the world "what goes around comes around " !
    I am thankful that we can look at ourselves in the mirror each day and know we make the right decisions and treat people with dignity and respect. Have a nice day!

    Shelley Rank and the Flyrad team