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Neal Fegan’s amazing new ‘sculptural velocipede’

Posted by on March 30th, 2010 at 10:39 am

Art Bike Parade at Cirque du Cycling-10
Neal Fegan, builder of
sculptural velocipedes.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Custom bike artist and fabricator Neal Fegan of St. Johns-based Montana Transit Authority has done it again.

Back in 2008 we shared his amazing and functional, sculptural art bikes, last summer he wowed onlookers with his interpretation of a pedicab, and now he’s got a new creation.

I’m not sure how to describe it, but I’ll try. The rider, standing upright, pedals with a traditional drivetrain that powers the front wheel. Two skateboard wheels trail behind the cranks and the rider steers by leaning into the turn.

Check it out in these photos and watch a video of it in action below:

Neal says he’s still trying to figure what to call it. Any suggestions?

If you’d like to meet Neal and check out his amazing sculptural velocipedes, he’ll be joining us at the Bike to Blazers expo at The Commons area in front of the main entrance to the Rose Garden on April 14th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

See more of Neal’s work at MontanaTransitAuthority.com.

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  • michael downes March 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

    How about ‘The Noodle’? Perfect for noodling around the neighborhood.

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  • Ely March 30, 2010 at 11:07 am

    how does it stop?

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  • Jeremy March 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Looks like he’s riding a sea horse.

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  • n8m March 30, 2010 at 11:35 am

    rad!!
    brilliant. beautiful.
    so much more practical than a segway.

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  • Anne Hawley March 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

    That’s gorgeous! I don’t have a clue what you’d call it, but it’s lovely and I would love to try one!

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  • Ethan March 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

    sea horse came to my mind too . . . proseed (a jab at Segway/Segue)

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  • RyNO Dan March 30, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Wheelie !!

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  • Brent Logan March 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

    In light of its likely response to a quick stop, maybe “faceplant”? ;-)

    Looks like a lot of fun.

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  • Nick V March 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    How about something simple like the “Arc” because of all the curves and the way you ride it? Maybe “Neal’s Arc” for a biblical reference…..

    Anyway, I’m liking it!

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  • Ryan Aslett March 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Wow. That is superb.

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  • El Biciclero March 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Psych-lops
    N-doh!
    Verti-go
    May-Kway
    Skooz-E
    Up-wheel
    C3-wheel-O
    Pedalong
    Transposition
    Stomper (oops, I think that’s already trademarked.)
    Tallride
    Unicorn
    Joyride
    Ska-daddle
    The Pedalator

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  • Coaster March 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    kinda reminds me of a stairmaster workout machine, the way he bob’s up and down as he rides… ‘WheelMaster’ or ‘StepRider’

    also, since it is so Segway like, I could see cops riding them around the mall… so maybe a ‘VelociCop’ or ‘PoliCycle’

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  • El Biciclero March 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Swoosh (rats, I think that’s trademarked, too)
    Fegetabout
    Wheel O’Neal
    Yoonk
    Monk
    Blank
    S’crank
    S’curvy (comes with some limes on the side)
    Topsy-Curvy
    The Grinder
    Bender
    Blender
    Swirl

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  • El Biciclero March 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Mash-up
    Add a basket and it becomes the “Stand and Deliver” (also TM’d, I’m sure)
    Swift
    Roameo
    Meander
    Meander-tall
    Endo-Skeleton
    Anthropede
    Philovelo
    Drifter

    I’m out.

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  • Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I saw him riding it some time back. Looks like fun!

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  • Steve B. March 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    This looks awesome, it would be sweet to hop on one of these to go grab some milk at the corner store.

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  • Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    @ ely: looks like there’s a coaster brake…

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  • 99th Monkey March 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    It is a good thing that this CAN NOT be classified as a bicycle, as a few of our more “observant and zealous” PPB officers would feel it necessary to ticket anyone riding this for failure to have a bicycle seat between their legs, for their own safety, of course!

    ORS 483.002 (5) “Bicycle” means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is more than 14 inches in diameter, or haveing three wheels, all of which are more than 14 inches in diameter.

    814.470: Failure to use bicycle seat; penalty.

    (1) A person commits the offense of failure to use a bicycle seat if the person is operating a bicycle and the person rides other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached to the bicycle.

    (2) A person operating an electric personal assistive mobility device is not subject to this section.

    (3) The offense described in this section, failure to use bicycle seat, is a Class D traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §706; 2003 c.341 §13]

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  • Paul Tay March 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Sumthin’ missing. Maybe a hot Swedish swimsuit model in a bikini? Naaaaaaaaaaaaah.

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  • joel March 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    i think it is obvious that this should be called the “Le Run Mk. II”.

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  • duane March 30, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    i’d call it the mantis

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  • Robert March 31, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Face-Plant-o-Matic

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  • Robert March 31, 2010 at 9:34 am

    seriously, that thing is totally cool.
    mantis.

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  • Maria March 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I love it! I hope you market these and become rich. And happy!

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  • Pete March 31, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Looks like it’s being called “the cobra”?

    Pretty venomous ride, yo!

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  • Eileen March 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I can see the infomercial now. I love the uprightness of it. It’s like a bike for people with back problems, or one of those elliptical stair-steppers that’s mobile. I think he could market this to middle-aged women and add a little grocery basket somewhere. I’m serious! Or maybe make the “handlebar” into a thighmaster type thing for a total body workout on your way to get groceries. Huh? Huh?

    So in my infomercial dream, it’s painted pink and there is a gang of hot 30-something milf types wearing pink satin jackets. They wave goodbye to their husbands and kids saying they’re off to buy groceries, jump on their …Pink Lady (I noticed his other vehicles are all named for colors, so this one’s for the girls)… and meet up in the parking lot behind safeway where a rival soccer mom gang dressed in Satin Aqua (OOOHHHH, there’s gotta be an aqua version called the Satin Aqua, that name is PERFECT for this thing) and they battle it out drag racing on their gliders. You see them go back home, slide the Pink Lady back into the garage next to the minivan, hang up the satin jacket and go in the house, again the soccer mom, with a bag of groceries.

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  • joel April 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    IM TELLING YOU.

    le run mk. II

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT1E-yqK2pY

    :)

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  • Calvert April 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Mighty cool!

    Legway or maybe Fegway?

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