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The sideways bike

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March 4, 2005

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March 5, 2005 The bicycle took on its modern form around 150 years ago and has been the world's best selling form of transport ever since. There are nearly twice as many bicycles sold each year (more than 100 million) than automobiles (around 50 million cars, 60 million vehicles in total). So maybe there's a niche market waiting for the next major innovation in bicycle design. That's what Boston inventor, Michael Killian is hoping now that he's been granted US Patent # 6598892 for his sideways bicycle.

Michael says, "it's the first radically different bicycle in 200 years," and while we figure there have probably been a few other radically different bicycles in that time that we've missed, the Sideways Bike certainly is remarkable.

The rider sits sidesaddle on the bike and travels sideways on the machine which has both front and rear steering.

Michael tells us "the ride is very graceful and akin to a snowboard, with swooping circles and curves."

If you figure you'd like to try out the sideways bike, Michael would love to hear from interested parties and he's also been busy designing even newer and more radical machines, which you can see at his web site.

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About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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