It was EXTREMELY cool. I talked with the father and son behind the bike's construction for quite a while and told them I thought their bike was the coolest thing at the show. Back in 1960, the year his son was born, the dad saw a pencil drawing for a swing bike. It was in Coronet magazine and was part of an article about worst inventions from the 1800s. It struck his fancy and he told himself that someday he was going to build one. Thirty years later he showed the drawing (which he'd torn out from the magazine and kept for all those years) to his son and asked him what he thought of making one. His son replied that it looked like fun. It took twelve weeks to construct; eleven of them on the wheels. The swing bike is now 18 years old and has driven approximately 10,000 miles.
The son, by the way, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world's largest unicycle. The unicycle is as tall as the Statute of Liberty and to finish its construction they had to rent the Pontiac Silverdome (former home of the Detroit Lions football team) as it was the only building in the State of Michigan with a high enough ceiling.
I had an absolutely awesome time talking with these two guys.
Edited at 2008-06-07 11:02 pm (UTC)