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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

World's safest bike? Or just nerd bait?

Speaking of safety and bikes,  inventor Crispin Sinclair has designed what he claims to be the safest bike in the world -- the Babel Bike. Now most serious accidents and injuries happen in collisions with cars, which still outweigh the Babel by, oh, about 3,000 pounds.  I'm thinking you'd still want to wear the old brain bucket.

This whole idea brings to mind a famous old chestnut often uttered about airplanes: "If the Black Box is indestructible, then why don't they just make the airplane out of the same stuff?"  Or "Why don't they just make a parachute for the whole plane?"

It's true that I'd love to see a demonstration of how this bike would handle one of the most common urban bike-car mishaps -- getting doored. Presumably this whole thing would mousetrap and bounce harmlessly on the rollcage, leaving you free to calmy unbuckle the seatbelt and take a moment to pick a few choice words or even invent a new coinage that combines the F, C, and D words.

One thing is for certain: The Babel Bike provides plenty of safety from accidental sex with an attractive member of the opposite sex.

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