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Man Reinvents The Wheel

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-even-billy-maze-can-save-you dept.

Idle 9

Guan Baihua has reinvented the wheel, oddly. The 50-year-old retired Chinese military officer has patented a bicycle with odd-sided wheels. The bike took him 18 months to develop and features a front wheel that is a pentagon and a back wheel that is a triangle. "There are too many identical mass-manufactured things. More and more, people like weird and rarely seen stuff. Making this bike gives people an alternative," he said. A single-cube ice tray, a hammer featuring a self-lubricating handle, and a social networking site are rumored to be Gaun's next big projects.

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Meh (1)

MrLogic17 (233498) | more than 5 years ago | (#27865083)

Back when I was a kid, Mr. Wizard was showing off a whole bunch of "equal diameter" shapes. Rolls just fine, but since the axis (or axel in this case) moves around you get a rough ride.

Re:Meh (1)

Swizec (978239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27869341)

If only we had a way to develop a mechanism to counteract the variations in relative distance between the rider's center of gravity and a perfectly flat horizontal surface. I think if I ever invent such a system I'll file a patent under "suspension". That's bound to make me rich.

Poul Anderson beat you to it (1)

Aranykai (1053846) | more than 5 years ago | (#27886057)

Back in 1963 in a story titled Three Cornered Wheel.

Well he did get our attention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27866009)

I'll give him that much. We're talking about him so he's at least got a good marketing system. We may think he's retarded but i'm sure people will buy the thing just to be retard... i mean cool too.

Re:Well he did get our attention (2, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | more than 5 years ago | (#27871589)

If you think about it a bit, it's entirely possible to make the axel move too, since you have a stationary point relative to the rotation. (the bicycle frame) Imagine a raced mechanism at the hub, with an axel hole offset from its center. I'd have to think about it for a bit to see how it'd have to be constructed, but I'm confident it's possible. Should make for a smooth ride. There would be a lot of friction at that spot, you'd have to find a way to bearing it.

It'd almost be entertaining enough to just be riding down the road on that thing and see the looks you wold get, people trying to figure out why you're not rattling your fillings out with wheels like that. The handlebars would also have to be on a piston that would counter the motion as well.

Re:Well he did get our attention (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#27877545)

LOL'd when I read your sig.

a few things (2, Interesting)

Pharago (1197161) | more than 5 years ago | (#27877599)

i'd like to see that taking a high speed turn or two if it mades it the first time, and how the wheels' shape affects it's braking ability

I approve. (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 5 years ago | (#27891807)

I approve of his design only because he used a prime number for the number of sides on the wheel.

Not new (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 5 years ago | (#27904825)

It's not a new idea to have a bycicle with non circular wheels and it has been built before. So how can he get a patent for that? There's prior art.
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