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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chariot Skates: half rollerblade, half chariot

I hope this invention can be use in Putrajaya to solve the parking woes that we are facing.

Australian designer Michael Jenkins is shaking up the world of outdoor activity with his new Chariot skates. Half Rollerblade and half chariot, these fun looking skates are bound to catch on. They strap onto your feet very much like traditional skates. There is a large diameter front wheel constructed of carbon fiber and a smaller wheel in the rear of the skate for stability. To move while wearing the skates one must essentially “ski” down the road which is exactly whatMichael Jenkins had in mind. The combination of skiing and bicycling.

Chariot The wheels skates have low slung mounts for your feet which give the skates a very stable feeling due the low center of gravity. It also aids in traversing rough or uneven terrain such as grass or uneven concrete which can be found in any city.

It all sounds great and very appealing and I would love to pick up a set. However there are a few drawbacks. The skates themselves have no brakes, which could be quite the heart stopping expereince on a long steep hill. Special gloves are used to stop the wheel with the hand or a T maneuver can be used to slow down, very much likeskiing.

The completely carbon fiber chariot skates are still in pre-production form, with production costs exceeding that of a very nice road bicycle. The wheel skates go on sale in June. Final retail price has yet to be released.

This video has been put together by Michael Jenkins the inventor of Wheelskates and is of an earlier prototype. This new skating device is currently in preproduction and testing phase and for the first time we are going public with video in an effort to gauge public reaction and acceptance.


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