09 May 2012

Give 'em the Shaft

The other day I was waiting at the bus stop for my ride home. Another bus pulled up to collect its riders, and I noticed that it had a bike on the front of it. I took a quick glance at the bike, and immediately noticed something was "not right". At first it looked like a typical commuter/hybrid bike, but there was a glaring difference. Can you see it?

How about a closer (sepia-toned) look?

No chain. Yes, this is one of those rare shaft-driven bicycles.

Shaft-driven bicycles have been around since the late 1800's, but they have never been a threat to the chain-driven bicycles we all know and love.

After seeing it, I had to wonder what the benefits and disadvantages of a shaft-driven bike are. Seeing as I have never ridden one, this is purely speculation on my part.

The benefits I can see would be less maintenance due to the sealed mechanism of the shaft, and a dirt-free operation. Disadvantages would be increased weight over a chain-driven bicycle, and I would assume it would be less efficient. Checking with the repositority of all cycling knowledge - Sheldon Brown's website  - gave similar answers.

I'm a huge fan of quirky and unusual bicycles, so I enjoy seeing something like this out on the roads.

btw, if you are interested, the brand is Dynamic.

1 comment:

Chris said...

I love seeing stuff like that. My commuter bike is a folding bike, and sometimes draws curious looks, but I'm always happy to talk about it with people and learn about their bikes too.