Vintage Freakbikes 2
Gabriel sent me a link to this wonderful collection of vintage articles about freakbikes. Just goes to show, once again, that there's nothing new under the sun.
Check out the whole collection here- all 300 and counting- to see some really wacky stuff.
I've posted the ones I find most interesting.
All scans courtesy of Doug aka Vmax4coco. Thanks Doug!
I've long known of this research case, but never seen the actual unrideable bike before. The front-wheel-drive, rear-steer two-wheeler is considered to be a sort of holy grail of freakbikes because it is theoretically impossible. Think about turning- the rear wheel will swing around, while the front wheel stops dead in its tracks. A bike not in motion will fall over. I've ridden one of these, or tried to, and it's impossible as far as I can tell (seeing as I can ride ANY bike). However, someone once sent me a picture of a version that was indeed rideable- the key is to put the wheels as close together as possible. The frame was just an X, and supposedly it could be ridden by unicycle riders. More research is needed.