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One Point Five

One Point Five is a new bike from Japan. It reminds me of a SQRL with a stability handle but adds a brake lever and shifter for brakes on front/back and a derailleur system.

Intro Article in New Atlas

Oct 26, 2018

Product video – In Japanese

Jul 12, 2019

Halbrad (that’s “Halfbike” in English)

by Felix Kruschardt
Started in 2016

This bike has many similarities to a skate bike. While there is a handle bar under the seat, it works a caster wheel. The website is in German but the article in New Atlas is in English.

The half wheel is actually a bicycle!
It has 2 brakes that are independent of each other and 2 gears.
It is always ready to drive, saves space and can be taken with you in public transport free of charge.

New article on it at New Atlas

World’s First Seatless Stand Up Skate Bike

WRFF Trike Mod (Not a halfbike)
Sep 27, 2021 by SkateS BikeS ModS and More

commented to tell me of his new seatless skate bike as well as a few other new designs. Thanks

Amazing compact and seatless skate bike. Made by using a WRFF Trike Frame.

Longboard Trucks and folding Razor e300 handlebar attached. Handlebars were cut off on one side and rotated for a proper steering/handling system. Original WRFF handlebars and stem, seat, wheels and wheel components as well as miscellaneous parts were removed. Micro Pedalflow back wheel added in place of original bike wheel.

Parts of the original front side wheel arms were cut off but not completely removed…yet. Also I left the hollow steering section on the front for adding or mounting additional things such as a flag or umbrella or other silly or useful additions, which I hope to show in a future update video.

Otherwise, the entire front third of the frame could be cut off to save several pounds of weight and make it even more compact.

I tried using a caster wheel in the front center like I did with my seated skate bike but I kept it slightly off the ground so it only prevented one from falling forward in case the bike tipped forward. It rattled and made too much noise so I removed it but may try a static non-caster wheel that is slightly above the ground so it performs the same safety duty but otherwise is unused in normal operation.

My phone app shows me reaching up to around 16 mph when pedaling at full speed on flat smooth ground. If it was geared slightly higher, it may be possible to hit up to 20 mph briefly.

It is also possible to coast hands free using one’s legs pressed against the vertical handlebar. I hope to modify a second handlebar that could even allow complete hands free use by steering solely with one’s legs even while pedaling but it would be more complex, tricky to implement, and add extra bulk and weight. Just some more food for thought…

Scotty Cranmer Pro BMX Rider restores and rides an AXL Skatebike

You Have NEVER Seen A Bike Like This Before!

Scotty Cranmer – Pro BMX Rider restores and rides an AXL skatebike that was delivered to his shop with the frame, seat and crank. It is fun to watch him discover what a skatebike is all about. The truck is missing the bushings as it flops to the side.

This is what a new AXL looks like

The Best Minson Skate Bike Restoration Updated – Eric Alley – California

In Aug 2019, Eric Alley of Walnut California contacted me about an old skatebike he bought and wanted to restore. For months we emailed back and forth with questions and answers. One of his biggest challenges was his bike was missing the under-seat brake handle. I sent many measurements and detailed photos. Eric bought a similar handle and a friend made a bracket to hold it on. Eric used the same skate truck as I did also replacing the stock bushing with a hard downhill one.

This week Eric sent me the finished picture and to put it mildly I was blown away. I took my restoration pretty far but Eric went the whole nine yards. This is by far the best skate bike restoration I have ever seen.

Minson Riding – Skatebike Study 1&2

On YouTube Futon Express who has some interesting videos of him riding unusual bikes, has two videos of him riding a Minson. The focus of the video is the skatebike so you get to see the steering and peddling in action. He describes the Minson as “Hands-free tilting recumbent tadpole trike.”

Notice the unusual placement of the brake handle on the seat down tube.

MTV / LeRun Skatebike Agreement / Commercials

Feb 8, 1988 – MTV announced their first licensing agreement, the MTV LeRun. The pact provides for an advertising campaign on MTV with retail sales to begin in Fall 1988.

Boy Riding a SQRL Sport in Chile

Nov 30, 2007

Odd Objects: Minson Skate Bike

The Puyallup Post on YouTube did an intro to the Minson Skatebike called “Odd Objects: Skate Bike”

SQRL – Intro

A new skatebike family was added in Oct 2007, the SQRL (say “squirrel”). Originally called the NAKOI SQRL by Van der Veer Designers. Later called the Cybex SQRL.

To quote Van der Veer Designers:

A familiar bike? Fifteen years ago the Max Skate Bike was all the rage.
Van der Veer Designers used the Max Skate Bike as a starting point for designing the SQRL.

– Looks and ride are greatly improved.
– Three versions for different age groups and price classes.
– A popular vehicle for kids to perform stunts or just to cruise around the neighbourhood.

It had two key differences from Minson and Garel designs:

  1. It had a handle. This made controlling the steering easier as the rider stabilized their position on the bike with the handle than leaned. The Garel patent and the Minson patent both had optional handles. Riding a Minson is harder to steer as it uses a traditional seat. The Garel variations used a unicycle seat which is longer and wider to enable your bottom and legs to hold it easier. With the handle, the SQRL does not depend on bracing the seat.
  2. The large front caster wheels go over small obstacles. What I don’t know is if there is any resistance like a skateboard truck has via the bushings.

Described in promotional materials.

A compact and easy to ride fun bike that challenges you to find the right balance … Lean to the left to turn left, lean to the right to turn right. Do you dare to do a wheelie? The large rear wheel ensures that you can easily get up to speed, while the two skate wheels at the front ensure that you can maneuver well. In short, a super cool skate bike. What are you waiting for? Hop on and SQRL!

Original Promo Quickstart Q&A

Q: How do you move?
A: By pedalling, like a normal bike

Q: How do you steer?
A: By moving your body to the desired direction similar to skateboarding. It takes some practice, but that’s worth the fun of it.

Q: How do you slow down?
A: By ways of a coaster brake, similar to a bike

Q: Where do you practice?
A: The Sqrl is an ideal action-vehicle for use in urban areas: squares, narrow streets, wide lanes, boulevards, etc. As long as there is a smooth surface.

Q: SQRL tactics?
A: In the movie we show how you can compete with friends to slalom around the cubes and be the fastest.

Q: Advanced SQRL?
A: Try your skatebike without the removable gripstick-handle and make your way through the city, moving like a professional.

SQRL Skate Bike Models

The SQRL (“Squirrel”) was offered in three models aimed at different age groups.

SQRL PRO – Top model for kids aged 10 and up.
Specification: 16″ rear/7″ double front wheels, all air tires, Aluminium 44 cm frame, self stand function by click-positioning system in the front wheels, anti-rust chain, top quality ball bearings, high tech rim, quick saddle adjustment and lean gripstick height adjustment system.

SQRL SPORT – Popular model for kids aged 8 to 18.
Specification: 16″ rear/7″ double front wheels, all air tires. Steel 36 cm frame, anti-rust chain, top quality ball bearings, special tire design, quick saddle adjustment system, removable gripstick.

SQRL FUN – Starting model for kids aged 6 to 10.
Specification: 12” rear/6” double front wheels, Steel 24 cm frame, complete chain coffer, top quality ball bearings, special tire design, quick saddle adjustment system.

The video shows all three models in use