The first test of this bike took place at night. And the winter. And if the first can be explained by the unusual design, then the second — just looking forward to the author’s development: why wait for spring when the snow tract is not worse than asphalt, and test the idea and want their case immediately. Therefore, hardly any of the villagers Dyakonov, in the Tula region, saw the frosty January night their countrymen Ivan Zabashta rolled out and “straddle” the bike. Yes, if I saw anything unusual I would not have noticed. Except for one strange behavior of the cyclist. And indeed, as if testing or demonstrating remarkable strength, he “bent” the wheel down, then unbent his horns, lifting them up. However, not tested the power, and the new manual transmission of the original design, in which I. A. Zabashta tried to avoid many of the shortcomings of other well-known schemes for the transmission on a front wheel. How managed it, tell the author.
It all started with the publications of “M-K” on additional hand drive the bike on the front wheel. The idea itself is very tempting: to win to force on the hard sections of the road while climbing a mountain; to eliminate the passivity of the hands while riding.
However, when I decided to do something similar for your bike, could not give preference to any of the schemes that each had serious deficiencies. Take, for example, the variants which are based on manual drive Dutova — with spinning rods. In essence, it is mechanical shifting on the front wheel of an ordinary chain drive to the rear wheels: the same sprocket, pedals, chain. Only the drivetrain is mounted not horizontally but vertically, along the steering column and forks. Those who use this scheme, you know its weaknesses. And above all: to turn the hand cranks simultaneously to control the bike even on the slightest turns very difficult. In addition, the maximum force from hands is removed only when driving them forth from himself, and that if the saddle is equipped with a back — stop; the action of the hands and feet are not interconnected, there are no conditions for a full merger of the applied forces. Not areas where manual operation is not needed, it is compared with the wheel awkward to control. Not helps and a combination of steering and connecting rod drive.