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Old 04-09-2014, 11:51 AM
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Question Pibal Bicycle-bike AND scooter

http://www.dezeen.com/2013/02/28/pib...k-and-peugeot/



"On the Pibal, cyclists can pedal as normal or, if traffic is heavy, use the low scooter-like platform to push themselves along with one foot. The aluminium bicycle has yellow tyres for visibility and spaces for bag racks at the front and back."
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:34 PM
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Cool idea but sounds like it won't be widely available, at least for now:

"3000 of the bikes are expected to be manufactured by Peugeot by the end of this year, and will be added to Bordeaux’s bicycle sharing program."

Biria makes a similar low-step-over bike, even an ebike version...not a scooter, though! The Excelsior Stepper ND is another low step frame but I'm having a hard time finding more info on it, like the company's website or shops that carry it. My wife is interested in trying bikes like those.
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Old 04-09-2014, 02:31 PM
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The Excelsior Stepper ND is another low step frame but I'm having a hard time finding more info on it, like the company's website or shops that carry it. My wife is interested in trying bikes like those.
company's web site: http://www.excelsior-fahrrad.de/

I couldn't find any US distributors so you'll have to kontakt them about it...

otherwise maybe ask Clever Cycles since they import stuff from the UK all the time...
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:04 PM
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Old 04-12-2014, 05:02 PM
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Cool idea. Does anyone else just use their pedal to scooter around though?
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:17 AM
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Yep. I use that especially on sidewalks for short hops, shop-to-shop sort of thing. I do it both ways...right foot on left pedal, or cyclocross dismount style with left foot on left pedal and right foot trailing.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:31 AM
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Does anyone else just use their pedal to scooter around though?
I used to do it on the sidewalk once I left the street and wanted to coast yo my mid-block destination...

I don't really do it anymore... now I use proper etiquette and walk my bike if I'm needing to go that slow due to too many people around...
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:00 PM
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I really just swing my right leg to the left side of the frame and sit "side saddle" for the fraction of a second it takes to put my weight on my right leg on the left pedal. At this point I haven't slowed down from road speed.
I hold both brakes and keep my left foot skimming the pavement as close as doesn't slow me down. Occasionally doing left leg pushing pantomime. A little bit of a slouch helps make your height profile resemble pedestrians.

I've done this in front of cops at high speed on sidewalks where there were no other pedestrians. The worst response I've got was a silent bemused look of "get outta here you show off" after I locked the brakes to stop instantly.
Obviously you slow down in a crowd because pedestrian paths are as predictable as the second-to-second flight path of a butterfly.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:52 AM
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Thinking of using the Pibal in scooter mode, I expect a concern some people will have, is possibly hooking the pedal with their leg as they kick back. To help counter that from happening, maybe use a flip up pedal. The bike is nice to look at. For leisurely cruising, being able to more or less stand when moving, as scooters and skateboards allow, rather than sitting, could be appealing to people.
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