Hangin' out on the Flying Rider prototype
The Flying Rider is claimed to increase pedaling power
The prototype is built around a 1988 Schwinn road bike
When the rider goes to hammer on the pedals in a sprint or a climb, their back meets a sort of "cage" that holds them down
Schwartz claims that the harness is more comfortable than a saddle
When architect and engineer David Schwartz was watching an uphill section of the 2011 Tour de France, he noticed that the riders' bodies were bobbing up and down as they pedaled. If only their backs had something to push against, he figured, that vertical motion could be converted into increased leverage on the pedals. The result is his proof-of-concept Flying Rider prototype bike.
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