Architect and engineer D.M. Schwartz invented Flying Rider. He has been awarded 15 US patents over his 47-year career.
As he watched an uphill section of the 2011 Tour de France, Schwartz noticed that the bobbing motion of the riders looked like wasted energy. If only the rider had something to push his back against, restraining vertical motion and allowing more leverage on the pedals, then the bicycle would be more efficient.
Schwartz developed various frame designs that implemented a plate or bar to provide the needed rider force reaction. The rider is suspended by a custom-made harness clipped onto the frame. Or, the rider can use the bike in standing mode, without seat or harness.
Each Flying Rider bike is custom made for its owner, using aerospace grade carbon fiber epoxy composite.
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