Okay, I'll admit it. Every time the word "we" or "us" appears, it's the royal we. I am the company. My name is Steve Jacobson, and I have some plans. It started with the recumbent bike in 1980, and, by 1987, the idea of this being a business had taken hold, though my wife at the time didn't see any possibility of a successful business, so she resisted. It's taken quite a while, so maybe she was right, but I don't think so. In any case, it's a business now, but it's not just about bikes, and certainly not bikes as they currently exist.

The way my frames are designed and built, it's a fairly simple matter to take off the rear triangle and replace it with a tricycle rear end. The design for that system isn't complete, but it's coming one of these days, and my intention is for it to be part of a leaning tricycle, so that the handling will be more like a bicycle and less like a traditional tricycle. Versions could be built for Winter use, for sport handling, or for carrying bigger or heavier loads.

Once the rear end has two wheels, a simple modification to the front end would allow it to be used as a handcycle, another name for a wheelchair with a better drive mechanism. The system for powering a standard wheelchair is among the least efficient uses of the upper body muscles ever put in place, and millions of people would be much better off with a better approach.

Another possibility is to replace the rear end with a snowmobile type rear end, allowing for use in serious snow, even for sporting use in the woods, going the same places snowmobiles go now, but quietly, and with no fumes. The front end would need some modifications as well, probably with two skis, either replacing or alongside the front wheel. This could be fun.

How about a lawnmower or snowblower with human power? These might require different designs, rather than building off of my basic frame, but certainly reasonable designs are possible. People have enough power for shovels and push mowers, so using stronger muscles and better ergonomics can only help, and require no fuel, make little noise, and produce no fumes.

Would anybody be interested in an exercycle connected to a generator, with the television plugged into it, so that, if you want to watch television, you have to pedal the bike? We could build in a battery system so that you could take a few minutes to go to the bathroom without the TV shutting off, but, otherwise, no pedal, no watch. Of course, if you're pedaling that much, you might get hungry and thirsty, so a cup holder and a place for some chips could be part of the system. The Couch Potato Exercise Bike would allow you to do just what you're doing now, but get some exercise in the process. Watch this space...

Finally, after 53 years of cycling, I've grown to hate chains. They're incredibly efficient, when properly maintained, but they're filthy. I've tried virtually every chain lubricant available, and I've formulated a few of my own, but I haven't found anything that is both a good lubricant and clean. You can have one or the other, but not both. I'd like to do something about that, by eliminating the chain. People have used belts, cables, pushrod linkages, and other means to drive the wheels, but none of these attempts have been terribly successful, and certainly not by market standards. I'd like to try hydraulics, and I've made a start, though I don't have anything working yet. There are many people familiar with hydraulics who don't think they can be used effectively for a bicycle for a variety of good reasons, but I'm not convinced. By coupling a pair of pumps at the pedals and a variable displacement motor at the rear wheel, I think I can make a bicycle drive with equal or better overall efficiency than a chain drive, infinitely variable speed control with one hand, and a level of cleanliness that can't be achieved with a chain. All I have to do is make it work!

There are more ideas in the pipeline, but these should be enough to get people thinking.