Airbike is a front wheel drive, centre steering recumbent with
dual 26" wheels.
The rear wheel suspension is by a rubber block. Overall weight
is approximately 17 kg, with rear carrier.
Magura hydraulic brakes front and rear. Frame and seat can easily
be folded at the central hinge and the rear wheel suspension.
the centre steering principle has the whole drive train fixed
to the front half of the frame which turns on a hinge just below
the front end of the seat. So for steering, the legs of the rider
have to move sideways which is quite an new experience for the
beginner. Yes, there is an under seat handlebar, too, but you
should not be surprised to find your legs much stronger than your
arms. Thus, the airbike is in fact steered by the legs, the handlebars
mainly being the support for brake handles and gear levers. Not
quite what the average cyclist is used to.
few cases have been reported of people who stepped on an airbike
and were able to ride off without problems. However, any average
mortal person can also lern how to ride the bike, it's just a
matter of determination and patience, to different degrees. The
latter usually is counted in days or weeks. After having gained
full control over the machine (we are talking months now), the
ride on an airbike is said to have a kind of metaphysical quality
which more than rewards the candidate for all the pain and suffering
he has gone through on his way towards perfection.
experience of riding an airbike is most enjoyable in its purity
if one is able to empty one's mind (in a similar manner to a Zen
meditation exercise) from all thoughts and, in particular, fears.
Next, it is important to maintain this centred and fully relaxed
state of mind (and body!) in order to control the machine just
as if it was a part of the rider's own body. Then, and only then,
the system of man and machine will be fully mind controlled rather
than thought controlled and the bike will go wherever the rider's
mind is directing it. A sense of gliding over the street tarmac
similar to flying is often reported.