Riding my skate bike

I took the skatebike out on the weekend and tried riding at the local high school parking lot. There was too much slope for me and I found braking a challenge to control speeding up. I tended to either apply the coaster brake with too much force bringing it to a quick stop or when I reached for the hand brake it was harder to balance.

Original Minson Skate Bike Ad

There is some interesting discussion on the Max skate bike at skate and annoy. They pointed to the origin of the Skate Bike ad. It was printed in the Nov and Dec 1984 issues of Thrasher Skateboard Magazine.
Original issue (about 1/3 of the way down. Page 18/19)

Original Trasher Skateboard Magazine Ad - page 18 Nov 1984

Original Trasher Skateboard Magazine Ad – page 18 Nov 1984


Now here is a Skate Bike from a different angle, more scooter like.

Complete Skate Bike


I have been trying to figure out a good location to mount my GoPro camera on the skate bike. My original mount was on my helmet. As there are no reference objects in the field of view it gives a floating in space view. When I watched the GoPro video on using the bike frame mount most shots show enough of the bike to give a context to the shot. With a skate bike the problem is one of frame geometry. As the bike is basically vertical, you don’t see part of the bike. I even tried on the tubes going to the back wheel but then too much of the view was blocked. Also I do not want the camera hanging out to the side where in a wipe-out it would be damaged. I tried on the seat post looking down but you get too much of the legs. I think farther down the frame. Might try behind the down tube in front of the thin tubes going down to the wheel. This could be a nicely protected spot and give a nice shot.

One last thought, I learned last weekend that knee pads only protect you if you wear them.

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