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Bike Ramp for Stairs Answered

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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Plasmana (author)2009-06-15
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ll.13 (author)2009-05-23

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

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Weissensteinburg (author)2009-05-19

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.

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n8man (author)Weissensteinburg2009-05-19

I think it is used for rolling the bike up the stairs.

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Weissensteinburg (author)n8man2009-05-19

That's not nearly as thrilling. More practical, but not thrilling.

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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.

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Honus (author)ewilhelm2009-05-20

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.......

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canida (author)Honus2009-05-20

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.

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Honus (author)canida2009-05-20

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.....

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canida (author)Honus2009-05-22

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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Honus (author)canida2009-05-22

I sense just a smattering of sarcasm..... LOL! Those pedals were my worst nightmare- customers either swore by them or swore at them. My personal favorite bad idea contender was the bungee cord suspended bike I rode at the Taipei show- all the spring and no damping- you just bounced all over. I recall the company slogan was "It's the more wonderful than you can believe it!" Ahh....the memories. :)

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canida (author)canida2009-05-22
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Goodhart (author)canida2009-05-20

Experience if both the best and cruelest teacher ;-)

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ewilhelm (author)Honus2009-05-20

In that particular accident, I broke the navicular bone in my wrist and it took 3 months to heal. Once healed, I promptly rebroke it, and two other bones in my wrist, in yet another mountain biking accident. I have since given up mountain biking, and now focus on road biking.

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Honus (author)ewilhelm2009-05-20

I also fractured my navicular bone in my right wrist in a bike accident- I've heard that particular bone takes longer to heal than most any other bone in the human body. I also had a bike accident where I broke my nose, fractured a tooth, got six stitches in the top of my nose and six stitches in my upper lip as well as a massive hematoma on my knee. Fun times! I used to be a hardcore roadie (15,000 miles/yr) but I enjoy both road and mountain bikes. My great wrecks seem to be spread equally between the two!

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Keith-Kid (author)ewilhelm2009-05-20

Half the thrill but half the hospital bill.....wise choice.

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Lithium Rain (author)ewilhelm2009-05-20

I gotta ask - how do you bathe, get dressed, eat, use the bathroom, brush your teeth or complete your studies without the use of your hands? :D

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ewilhelm (author)Lithium Rain2009-05-22

I've only broken one wrist at a time (but broken them both, and in the case of my right, multiple times). In this particular case, the cast only went to my elbow, and I had use of my fingers. While still wearing the cast, my band won MIT's battle of the bands with me playing bass, and I continued to rock climb. For the most part, just my thumb was immobilized.

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canida (author)ewilhelm2009-05-20

I was definitely impressed by that nasty stinky cast you had to wear for three months, and even more impressed when you broke the exact same bone again one month after the first cast came off. That armpit-high wrist cast got pretty nasty.

This is why you now ride a road bike.

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KentsOkay (author)canida2009-05-22

>_< See, that's why I'm purchasing a classic Corvette, no need for injuries for impressiveness.

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caitlinsdad (author)canida2009-05-20
I too would be impressed by the level of stupi intelligence...


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At least he had a helmet on...

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Keith-Kid (author)canida2009-05-20

AHAHAHAAA!!! Good times, good times.....

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Chicken2209 (author)ewilhelm2009-05-19

you should have been wearing a helmet ;)

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kelseymh (author)Chicken22092009-05-20

How exactly does the helmet prevent wrist fractures? Just curious...

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Keith-Kid (author)kelseymh2009-05-20

It reduces the impact of the wazoo by redirecting it to the fruit cake. It's simple physics!

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Goodhart (author)Keith-Kid2009-05-20

simple physics? Or physics for the simple (not that there's anything wrong with being simple; and not that I am calling you simple or anything I had better cut bait at this point.....)

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Lithium Rain (author)ewilhelm2009-05-19

You're such a dare-devil!

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Keith-Kid (author)Lithium Rain2009-05-20

Hey! ewilhelm is not a devil! How dare you?~

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Sunbanks (author)ewilhelm2009-05-19

That would be awesome :D Except for the wrist breaking part.

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Keith-Kid (author)Sunbanks2009-05-20

Are you kidding? That's the best part! No pain no gain! EXTREEEEME!!!!!!!!!!

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PKM (author)Weissensteinburg2009-05-21

I've tried riding one- you can't steer, and given that's how you maintain your balance on a bike it's a bit of a non-starter. If you use the handrail at the side to keep your balance then you end up braking one-handed which is just nasty- on a decent mountain bike riding down the stairs is actually easier. Or you could push your bike on it, as it's designed for :)

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Maybe special bike stairs? Add some bumps to it to avoid it falling back, yet make it easily climbable? Anyone? Hint, hint?

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The most practical version would simply be something less steep.

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Hmmm.....I still stand by my opinion, some bumps or something.....

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But that wouldn't stop the bike from rolling back.

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Hmm...What I have in mind probably makes sense, I just dont know how to explain it...

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-05-19

It would probably be an open invitation for all the sk8ters to grind that rail. Then again, we have people that ride on top of the subway cars to surf the subways.

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ewilhelm (author)caitlinsdad2009-05-19
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canida (author)ewilhelm2009-05-20

Remind me, how many bones did you break skateboarding?

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ewilhelm (author)canida2009-05-22
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ewilhelm (author)ewilhelm2009-05-22

Also fairly serious head trauma. Hey, maybe that's why I started this site!!!

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Keith-Kid (author)canida2009-05-20

He skateboarded?! If so, that's +27 cool points for ewilhelm. If he broke his bones that's another +13......

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