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.
Introducing a Snowboard Bicycle or Snowboard Stance Bicycle invention by myself, Michael Killian. This bicycle is ridden sideways and is balanced by using human Front to Back balance. This bicycle uses Front and Rear steering.
SNOWBOARD BIKE 2011
The 2011 Snowboard Bike
SNOWBOARD BICYCLE 2010
This Snowboard Bicycle or Snowboard Stance Bicycle can be used as a Snowboard Trainer. The rider's body is positioned in Regular Stance. Riding this bicycle exercises the balance detection and correction mechanisms that a Snowboard Rider would use.The more you isolate and exercise this particular balance; the better you will snowboard.
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What Would Dr SEUSS Drive ?..... The SIDEWAYS BIKE !
Introducing a new bicycle invention by myself, Michael Killian. This bicycle is ridden forward and is balanced by using human Left to Right balance. This bicycle uses independant (non linked) Front and Rear steering.
The ride is very wavy sort of like skiing with a capacity to drift to the right or left.
The front and rear steering makes the bike much more maneuverable than a single steer bike.
Your hands are by your side and you don't exert a lot of pull on the steering.
Its sort of like riding a horse where you cannot lean on the reins but all body movements come out of your seat and saddle.
The saddle is nessicarily a unicycle saddle (You would slip forward off a regular bike saddle).
I would predict that the audience for this bike would be teenagers to young adults.
The original bicycle has been around for 200 years. Don't you think it is time for a change !
THE TERRIBLE TWO BICYCLE
What Would Dr SEUSS Drive in a Scooter ....?
The SIDEWAYS SCOOTER !
Introducing a new SIDEWAYS SCOOTER invention by myself, Michael Killian. This Scooter is ridden sideways and uses Front and Rear steering.