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Postby leokef on Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:59 pm

I saw on Google that they awarded two million bucks each to five different projects. Four of them sound reasonable. Then there's this one, this... .

A high concept idea combining the monorail with the aerodynamic bicycle. The result appears to be a portmanteau of Schwinn, famous bicycle company, and dweeb, what you'll look like riding in one. Shweeb. What I like most about this idea is how distinctly retro it feels, like 60s sci-fi. In fact, what does it remind you of. Pip, I'm looking at you.

Effectively, the shweeb is nothing more than the implementation of a system of publicly owned bicycles, reflecting in its current design all the theoretical limitations of public transport with some marginal improvements in efficiency. I imagine the most obvious problem facing the system is one of cleanliness. Regardless of ventilation, each pod would have to be thoroughly sanitized between users. I also wonder how the system would fare in heavy traffic and what sort of free rider problem might arise. Imagine a line of riders, each one except the last under the belief that they needn't peddle so hard (or at all) because those behind will push them.

Of course the biggest problem the system faces is its inherently gay and stupid design. Imagine cycling yourself alongside a road. You break wind and so madly kick your legs, the staccato noise of your persistent flatulence increasing in tempo. The breeze coming through the air-holes just barely suffices to clear out the warm, oversized pill. You look to your side and see a cherry red convertible, a man inside it with one arm lazily tapping a beat against his door while his sound system blasts Black Sabbath. His long blond hair whips in the wind and the glare on his sunglasses blinds you. You suddenly remember that you're riding in the Shweeb.

Then there's the problem of users. Fat people probably wouldn't want to use the device--thus greatly limiting its viability in the overweight if not obese West. Then again, skinny people would probably prefer the freedom of walking or riding their own bikes. There's probably a target demographic of chubby, mildly unfit male office workers with no self-respect and bubbly youths who would be entertained by the novelty and potential for annoying said office workers.

What say you, reading public? Wave of the future? Or just the latest in a long history of bad ideas for public transit?
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Smasha on Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:20 pm

It is preparation for a future after peak oil that features enormous energy costs.
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Re: Shweeb

Postby gorv on Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:49 pm

I for one look forward to Shweeb jams, where a guy will fall asleep at the pedal and clog up the Schweebery for miles.
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Red Omen on Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:54 pm

Reminds me of .
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Horseboy on Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:47 am


Have some German pop music.
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Kingpun on Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:27 am

lol efficiency
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Kingpun on Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:34 am

i have to say it looks like it might be a bit claustrophobic
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Lightbunny on Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:51 am

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Re: Shweeb

Postby Horseboy on Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:43 am


Have some German pop music.
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Smasha on Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:40 pm

I can't tell if you guys are agreeing with me or accusing me of being ridiculous. Or both?

ADDENDUM: Newfound popularity from Google's plug killed it.

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Re: Shweeb

Postby Merid on Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:27 pm

I'd ride it! It gets Merid's Seal of Approval!
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Re: Shweeb

Postby Horseboy on Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:42 pm

Don't they have something like this in Futurama, except without the bike part

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Re: Shweeb

Postby pwb on Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:54 pm

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Re: Shweeb

Postby leokef on Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:05 pm

Speaking of futuristic personal conveyances,
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Re: Shweeb

Postby mobilisq on Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:17 pm

i like that some guy took the opportunity to preach in the comments section
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