Joystick recumbent bike makes steering more like game playing

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Any bike relies on handlebars for steering while driving but the Joystick recumbent bike is different. This bike doesn’t have the typical handlebars; instead it has a right hand joystick. This means that riding the Joystick bike is more along the lines of playing your favourite computer game.


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The inventor of the Joystick bike is Yvan Forclav from Sweden and he wanted to make riding a bike more fun and engaging. The designer of the bike calls it a world first as it has a steering system that is in the form of a joystick and this provides a brand new type of connection with the road.


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To drive the Joystick bike the rider simply wraps his fingers around the joystick on the right hand side and moves it left or right to steer the front wheel thanks to a mechanical connection. There is a second handle of the left hand side and this is for gear shifting along with electric motor control and controlling the casters on the wheels. All of which help to help with stability when the bike is stopped, however it is possible that these functions could be added to the joystick and this could do away with the left handle.


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The Joystick bike was shown off at the 2015 International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva recently and at the moment it is in prototype. The bike is recumbent that is electrically assisted and has a 400 watt electric drive on the back along with 72 V battery pack. It can travel at speeds of as much as 37mph and has a range of 25 miles.


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The designer is working on putting the joystick design into a child’s non-electric bike and he is going to apply for a patent next year. He said that the joystick steering could be used on bicycles, scooters and motorcycles.


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Game players should find steering the Joystick bike very easy and who knows, it may replace the traditional handlebars on all bikes in the future.


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