Bike Ramp for Stairs

While visiting Lisbon, Portugal for OFFF 2009, I saw this bike ramp on a flight of stairs. I often carry my bike up and down stairs to train and subway stations, and would love to see more of these ramps around town.

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Plasmana8 years ago
That is really cool.
ll.138 years ago
I saw something similar in a video about bike transport in the Netherlands, except it was more like a shallow gutter running along side the stairs
That's awesome! Did you see anybody actually use it? Seems like it'd be hard to ride up (friction), and pretty easy to fall going down.
I think it is used for rolling the bike up the stairs.
That's not nearly as thrilling. More practical, but not thrilling.
ewilhelm (author)  Weissensteinburg8 years ago
I use to ride my bike down stairs all around MIT's campus. Christy was particularly impressed when I rode down the super-narrow and steep stairs in her dorm. Then I took up jumping my bike down flights of stairs and wound up breaking my wrists.
Honus ewilhelm8 years ago
That ramp is awesome! I had a friend that did a nose wheelie down several flights of stairs- and not on purpose. He had a bit more luck than you did and no bones were broken. Wrists take a long time to heal....... you need a long travel suspension bike! I've been on some rides with friends that were Boston bike messengers- definitely an eye opening experience.......
canida Honus8 years ago
He had a suspension bike - that was the problem. Sub-zero weather means your shocks become super-stiff, so while he expected the shocks to take most of the force it instead transferred directly through his wrists. Not smart.
Honus canida8 years ago
Ahh... back in the good ol' elastomer suspension days. Not so much a problem with air/oil/coil springs these days. I've ridden quite a bit in sub zero weather here in Boulder and elastomers just don't work below freezing, even the microcellular (MCU) variety. Back in the early 90's when I worked in R&D at Onza we made clipless pedals that used an elastomer bumper for the cleat retention and I tried explaining to them that they wouldn't work in cold weather but nobody listened.... That was a really great time to be in the mountain bike business because everything was so new and fun and experimental. A lot of those products that came to market never really should have seen the light of day.....
canida Honus8 years ago
Exactly! Those elastomers didn't do well in Boston winters. Integrating elastomers into clipless pedals sounds like another truly inspired idea.
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