David Pescovitz at 9:33 am Mon, Jun 2, 2008
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Flintstone’s, meet the Flintstone’s….
I’ve always thought that a bicycle would be one of those “what would you have the knowhow to invent if you were zapped back into Roman times”-type things.
I’m not sure how comfortable riding on non-rubber tires would be, though…
Rubber tires? Bah, I don’t know how comfortable I’d be riding on a non-pedal push bike in bare feel like those guys.
Looks like they are going down hill, I imagine it is a bitch to go uphill.
In college I built a wooden bicycle modeled after Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing of a bicycle for a class project. I rode it around campus for about a week. At the end of the year I locked it to a bike rack. I’m told it lasted a few months before going away.
The vehicles pictured here are actually velocipedes. The velocipede was a precursor to the bicycle that had no pedals – you had to push it with your feet on the ground.
These look more like the pedal-less velocipede pictures I’ve seen.
From what I can tell, the friction breaks make contact with the wheel, not the road (the one image with the break on the road could either be different or broken). You push the pedal forward and the stick pushes backwards.
Since its rubbing against the rubber of the tire, it would be the tire that would get ground down first.
“They see me rollin’,
They tryin to catch me
You just walk the thing uphill, it’s not much more hassle than walking without it and all the downhills are free rides. The joys of the scooter in a hilly
Those friction brakes look a little lacking. I imagine they get ground down quite a bit. Beautifully made machnes though.
Aren’t those the same guys who were shooting arrows at a plane in Brazil?
Oh to heck with propulsion. I don’t think they’ve got steering!
…And we always laughed at the various stone-age contraptions seen on The Flintstones!
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