Seems to me that just pointing the front wheel straight ahead is the best way to ride a bicycle, but some people have other ideas. But now, here's the Sideways Bike, the bright idea of Michael Killian, a 46-year-old Dubliner and software engineer, who invented the thing. How does it work? The cyclist sits sideways (naturally and operates a wheel with each hand; pedalling makes the bike travel sideways.
"You're moving sideways and operating on a different balance system in your head," Killian explains. "It's a front-to-back balance, not a left-to-right like a normal bike. That affords you tremendous grace and motion. It's dance-like. The advantages are in the motion. It's never going to win you the Tour de France. But it's mesmerising and entertaining."
Bikes On The Side
1: The back cog drives the back wheel chain, which unlike on a normal bike can turn either way when the back handlebar is steered.
2:Back handlebar which steers the back wheel and has a rear light.
3:Front handlebar which steers the front wheel and has a light and rear-view mirror.
4:Pedals are at right angles to the wheels.
5:The seat is shaped like an upside-down crescent.
6:This frame goes over the lap of the cyclist, but can go under if preferred.