Pedal-less Bicycle Is Powered By Running (Plus Hills)

August 28, 2012


This is the Fliz bike. Unlike traditional bikes, it doesn't have pedals. You hang suspended from the frame above and run. Or walk. Or speed down steep hills pretending you're Superman. I'm a bird, I'm a plane, I'm going to die. I have no clue if the bike is even practical, but I ride a skateboard with monster truck tires so I'm probably not the person to ask. Is it even possible to go up hills? How bad does that harness crush your junk? Bad enough to not have babies? Where do babies REALLY come from? Why isn't brobro in the picture wearing a helmet? I'd ride a missile bareback before I'd ride this thing with no helmet on.

Hit the jump for several more shots and a video of some guy dinging around on the thing.





Thanks to Cody, who still rides an old penny-farthing because he time-traveled here from the 1870's.

  • ZomBBombeR

    It's kind of interesting as a concept but I'll stick to my pedal bikes for now.

  • lordpikachu

    what if you're shorter than he is

  • Autobot85

    This already existed! It was a toy in the 80's! Power X-treme!

  • Bakasaia

    One of the first things I thought was "It would hurt to fall... Both physically, and egotistically"

  • Asinus

    this is so hilariously stupid-- it's not like no one thought of it before-- it's just that when they did they said, "No, that's stupid." There are so many things wrong with it, but let's start with the most harmless and funny-- think of him going uphill at about 2 or 3mph, being passed by people with canes. The other-- if that goes off balance and topples over, your head is going to be the fastest moving part of the bike by far. It's going to hit the ground very, very hard. There's no tuck, no roll, just a SMACK. The other, you can't shift your weight-- where is it going to go? So braking downhill would be kind of hilarious to watch until (another problem) you hit something head on. Where do you go? Your body is held fast to a rigid frame, so, again, your head and neck take all of the force of the impact. It's like a mobile guillotine but what's the blade? It'll be a surprise!

  • BeastmanAIDS

    that front wheel is going to spit dirty ass road water right into your dick the whole time if you ride in wet weather

  • artisan54

    this is completely useless. the inventor can barely keep it going straight and nearly hits people. plus when it showed the side view the frame flexes like crazy front to back because of the bouncing motion of the "rider?" and stoping to talk to people wow, thats awkward. how did this even get off the drawing table?

  • gfelts

    If the Monty Python gang made a skit on whacky runs this would be part of it.
    I guess running normally is out this year.

  • Debra Cordice

    If you were in an RTA in that you'd get decapitated!!!

  • If you're going to reinvent the bike at least make it more efficient

  • there are no leg bars to rest your feet up.

  • The_Teapot

    There's a shelf above the axle of the back wheel. You see him using it a few times for resting his feet.

  • When it inevitably falls over, you're in a bad situation. What I like about my bike is being able to bail quickly if need be.

    Plus, I don't like the idea of having to crane my neck to see what's in front of me. Much the same reason almost no one sits front-seat in theatres.

  • JJtoob

    I was thinking about that. First, the bike is only as good as a sled, so it's best use would be going downhill. Second, good luck when you have an accident. I've saved my balls, like, literally by being able to bail from by bike. Third, this is far from being comfortable. On top of the neck issue, what about something to put your feet on when you are sliding for a long time?

  • As an Industrial Designer, I feel insulted by this.

  • Steve 606

    Somebody needs to steer this inventor into the path of usefulness instead of into a child. I'm betting he's inventing a pair of rubber pants to wear around your ankles to help you walk to.

  • the antagonist

    kind of reminds me of the Tron bikes, but way lamer.

  • JJtoob

    Way, way lamer. Just had to add my own emphasis.

  • Atom Kahn

    What this really is, is instructions for how a design student changes career choice.

  • BMan56

    Interesting design. Have fun in the rain.

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