SidewaysBike: The Snowboard Stance Bicycle
Cyclist Michael Killian has decided that riding sideways is the new way to move forward.
Cyclist Michael Killian has created the unusual but fascinating SidewaysBike, a vehicle that’s ridden sideways, using the type of balance and movements a snowboard Rider would use. The rider sits and pedals in the middle, and the bike is controlled using front and back steering bars. Michael Killian explains more:
Human balance is detected in the inner ear. There are three semi-circular canals positioned at right angles to each other that detect balance in three axes. These canals are separate and distinct. The three types of balance are Left to Right, Front to Back and Rotational (Yaw).Left to Right balance is what people are most familiar with and is the primary balance used for riding a regular bicycle or indeed flying a plane. In the case of flying a plane there is a visual supplement to left to right balance provided by the observation of the horizon line. Front to Back balance has very little visual input and is the primary balance used in riding a surfboard, windsurfer and snowboard. Front to Back balance is a finer instrument than Left to Right balance and offers a greater degree of artistic feedback. This is evidenced by the difference between skiing and snowboarding. Skiing (Left to Right balance) is faster than Snowboarding (Front to Back balance); however people like to snowboard because of the greater artistic expression.