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Double decker bikes are getting popular in Poland?


Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
9 Jul 2011 #1
u are all going to think i'm as mad as a hatter with this.

i have started to notice bikes, which seem to have one frame on top of another. the rider is then above car roof height.

has anyone else seen these. or is it just someone in wroclaw having fun with a welding kit.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
9 Jul 2011 #2
u are all going to think i'm as mad as a hatter with this.

Don't worry, we already thought that.

Like this?:

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Or like this?
flickr.com/photos/johnwilliamsphd/3288928346
OP Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
9 Jul 2011 #3
that's exactly it.

i want one. i think they're great.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
9 Jul 2011 #4
If you stop at a red light, how do you maintain balance?
Normally you put one foot on the ground, I don't think that's possible, or is it?
BritinPoland 6 | 121
9 Jul 2011 #5
I'll have a guess - does it pivot downwards as speed decreases or do you pull a lever to lower you as you brake?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
9 Jul 2011 #6
If you stop at a red light, how do you maintain balance?

Since when have cyclists done that....?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
9 Jul 2011 #7
does it pivot downwards as speed decreases

So as you peddle you raise off the ground, hmmm maybe, it would make cycling harder as you'd be dealing with two forces.

do you pull a lever to lower you as you brake

And jack it up again when taking off, would that not take a long time?

I am sure some clever inventor has solved the problem but just wondering.

Since when have cyclists done that....?

:) as I was forming the question, I did change it from "when" to "if" for that reason.

Nice to see Poland building so many new bicycle paths, it's a great means of transport.

And on the topics of bicycles, in Krakow it's become very popular to hire (state owned?) bikes at various bike stations
wildrover 98 | 4,451
9 Jul 2011 #8
So as you peddle you raise off the ground, hmmm maybe, it would make cycling harder as you'd be dealing with two forces.

Can,t see any way this thing pivots...?

If it lowered when you stopped , the chain and all the brake cables would go slack and get tangled up....

maybe when you stop you just fall in a heap....?
OP Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
9 Jul 2011 #9
if the bike had a fixed wheel it might be easier to control. the bike in the second picture (above) doesn't seem to have one though.

would u guys have a go on one of them ?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
9 Jul 2011 #10
I would have a go on it maybe...but looks to far to fall of the dam thing to me...

Its bad enough falling off a big horse...!
Barney 15 | 1,472
9 Jul 2011 #11
It seems its easy to start like on a penny farthing
youtube.com/watch?v=N_izWcyvl2E

Not so easy stopping
youtube.com/watch?v=K5q6v9Dt2KI
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
9 Jul 2011 #12
would u guys have a go on one of them ?

Of course! I'd have a go on anything, I am such a slut.

It seems its easy to start like on a penny farthing

"Easy" like a penny farthing? Those things don't look easy, there is a reason they're redundant.
Good youtube posts, looks like fun until you have to stop.

I suppose you'd just look for lampposts, giraffes and tall people to hold onto when you stop at the lights.
Are there many giraffes in Wroclaw?
Barney 15 | 1,472
9 Jul 2011 #13
"Easy" like a penny farthing? Those things don't look easy, there is a reason they're redundant.

Yes of course, starting does looks relatively easy though. I would have a go, only in a field or a large padded cell.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
10 Jul 2011 #14
I take it these people ride these bikes just be be a bit different...??

or is there a practical reason for them , other than a fondness for hospital casualty departments....?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
10 Jul 2011 #15
is there a practical reason for them

Fun?
To make sure there are enough giraffes in Wroclow?
To look down on others?
To give cross eyed people a headache?
To reach the balcony of their mistress'?
To impress the ladies...
beckski 12 | 1,617
10 Jul 2011 #16
is there a practical reason for them

That's what I was thinking. I wonder if someone own's a patent on this very trendy bicycle?
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
10 Jul 2011 #17
...is there a practical reason for them...

You know those safety flags on kids' bikes? Makes them "taller" and easier to see to other traffic. I'd imagine those double-deckers are more visible to others, wouldn't you say? Being a biker I thought you'd sympathize. Don't know how effective this safety aspect is but I want a double-decker truck to hover above everyone else on the road. :)

Kid flag Poland
wildrover 98 | 4,451
10 Jul 2011 #18
You know those safety flags on kids' bikes? Makes them "taller" and easier to see to other traffic. I'd imagine those double-deckers are more visible to others,

Yes i agree that a tall bike would be much more visible to other road users , but thats more than cancelled out by the fact you are likely to suffer muliple injuries every time you come to a halt on the dam thing...!

I mean , what happens when you come to a halt in traffic between two cars , do you just rest your foot on the car next to you , or fall off on hs roof...? neither of these things is going to make you very popular....!

I am sure there are better ways to make a cycle more visible....?


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