The Fabike

The Fabike (Front action bike) actually is the most natural bike, really fitting the shape of our sitting human body.
It also is the most simple bike one can think of, I think.

The first bike was looking like the Fabike a bit. However, in that first bike, the crank-axle coincided with the axle of the front-wheel.
Problem then is to construct a gear mechanism in the hub of that front-wheel. Without such gearing, the distance one covers in one rotation of the crank-axle, only is the distance of the circumference of the front-wheel.
That is why one started to apply very tall front-wheels. However, such a high bike is unsafe and uncomfortable.

I think that gear-problem was the most important reason to choose for the back-wheel driven bike we all are used to now, so with the crank-axle between the two wheels. By varying the diameters of one or both cog-wheels, one then can easily change the gear.

But it is a fact that a front-wheel drive better fits the shape of the sitting human body.

The gear-problem has found a simple solution in the Fabike, by placing the crank-axle in front of the front-wheel, so that one can use a traditional gear-mechanism. Actually, one can mount a traditional back-wheel in the front-fork of the Fabike.
That also results in a better steering quality compared with that first bike wherein the crank- and wheel-axle coincided. Because forcing the pedals now has less influence on the direction of the front-wheel.

On the Fabike one can mount an easy seat, and against the back of that seat one then can push while pedaling, resulting in a bigger force on the pedals.

An other advantage of the Fabike is the possibility to change it very easy into a three-wheel bike (for disabled people, as carrier-bike or as rickshaw) simply by changing the not driven and not steered so simple back-wheel by two simple wheels on both sides of the back-fork.
The picture above shows such a three-wheeler, when you point at it with your mouse.

Mini Fabike.  Mini Fabike.  Mini Fabike.

The Fabike can also be built much smaller than the traditional bike, resulting in the smallest possible folding-bike, without a complicated folding-mechanism.

In an alternative version, one is steering with legs and body, while the arms find rest on arm-rests fixed on the back-frame.

Alternative Fabike 1.

Alternative Fabike 2.

Probably the Fabike needs a damped steering-device, for example like pictured above.

I am searching for people who want to build such Fabikes. Do you, then contact me!?

circa 2000
Fabike cyclist.