I have been thinking of a design for a standard bicycle monorail. I don't have the resources to prototype it right now so I would like to bounce the design off the community.
Basically thinking of a half cylinder track that is larger diameter than a bicycle wheel. For a prototype I was considering ripping 2 inch pvc in half for the straight sections. In application people could ride a standard department store quality bike on to the track at an enterance and off at an exit without any modifications or reconfigurations to their bicycle.
My biggest concern is balance stability on the track (even on a straight section not considering corners). On a normal path the operator corrects from a disturbance by gyroscopic precession (and resultant turning) of the front wheel. The track will limit this but will provide an elevation change toward the outside of the track that may assist. Thoughts? Any prior art you know of? Thanks!
I don't want to debate the usefulness of the idea, but just so everyone is in the know, there are three potential benefits:
- Lower cost for longer distance bicycle path infastructure.
- Lower rolling resistance than a normal flat path.
- Lower cost for snow removal and maintenance.