And why do we have
so much trouble winning the war on flab? Because we stand
upright. This means we don't use our bodies for locomotion
the way they were intended. We don't use the frontal plane
and full back... we only used a few leg and hip muscles.
Take a look at this leopard. Point the mouse at
the picture now.
He fully stretches his body, reaches for the ground and
pulls his body toward it, fully flexing his body.
normal, healthy guy with a nice physique, but once I
My body only
needs about 1/2 of the calories that I want because I don't
use my full body for locomotion the way most animals do.
The Solution: The Cheetah Bike
Only by getting our bellies and backs to accomplish locomotion
will we solve this problem. Below is the solution.
No it's not a "recumbent" bike, but quite the opposite.
A recumbent bike seeks to make bike riding as leisurely
Nor will it emulate a recent style of "row
bikes" that emulate a rowing motion, also in a recumbent
position. Row bikes attempt to employ the full body,
like rowing. But picture the final body position at full
the arms are in front of the torso. There's no comparison
to the cheetah, above. (For the engineers and designers
out there, both bikes and rowboats have their current
designs, not because their purposes, but because of the
limits of what we could manufacture. Sooner or later,
serious rowing will be done with a design that enable
full extension of the body.)
Frankly, the Cheetah
Bike—when you use the entirely optional cheetah mode—will
make bike riding as "hard" as you want it to be. But
could be exhilarating and might revolutionize transportation
in the way that Dean Kamen thought that the Segue
Point the mouse at the picture
now, to show 180K animation.
- Because it will extract so much energy from the body
that people can enjoy food without flab.
- Because it will reduce backaches since we'll be using
- Because men will have six-pack abs and women will loose
the flabby thighs and triceps.
- Because at full extension, once you're strong enough
to fully extend, it will achieve terrific mechanical
advantage. Like a Vice Grip® (a 'toggle' pliers), which
exerts thousands of pounds per square inch, as your body
becomes almost straight you can apply a lot of force.
I predict being able to travel very far with this bike
and it will be effective for longer travel distances.
Gas consumption will be reduced.
Bold, visionary, swell-headed expectations, right? But
what's the alternative?