The headline tells the whole story:
"German police apologise for fining one-armed cyclist for riding his bike with only one arm."
Technically he was fined for having only one handbrake, even though he had modified the bicycle, per legal requirements, to also have a foot-operated brake.
is a Norwegian invention designed to help bicyclists get up hills. It operates on the same principle as a ski lift. They've got one in Trondheim that's been working flawlessly since the early 1990s.
The inventors are now
trying to sell the idea to hilly American cities like Pittsburgh
. But there are two reasons why a sale is unlikely. First, precisely because Pittsburgh is hilly not many people there bicycle. Thus, there's not a lot of interest from the community. Second, it's America. So, liability issues.
Broken limbs, entangled drive chains and potential strangulation guaranteed!
Original ad here.
Even Gilligan didn't think of this use for a coconut!
Why am I thinking of the opening credits of
Yale University researcher Marsha Guess recommends that female cyclists should raise their handlebars above the level of the seat in order to avoid genital numbness. She concluded this after examining 48 female cyclists, using a
to measure how sensitive their genitals were to vibrations after riding with the handlebars at different heights. Her study,
"The Bar Sinister: Does handlebar level damage the pelvic floor in female cyclists?"
is published in a recent issue of the
Journal of Sexual Medicine
More info here
Incidentally, Dr. Guess has carved out a niche for herself as a specialist in the relationship between bicycling and female sexual health. Some of her previous publications include,
"Women's Bike Seats: A Pressing Matter for Competitive Female Cyclists"
"Genital Sensation and Sexual Function in Women Bicyclists and Runners: Are Your Feet Safer than Your Seat?"