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Local inventor received official recognition for his creation that SCV riders have been enjoying

Posted: August 15, 2010 10:37 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Doug Fraser's bicycle patent.

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A Santa Clarita man has reinvented the wheel - and put a bicycle seat on it.

Local inventor Doug Fraser now holds the U.S. patent for a bicycle in which the seat is directly attached to the back wheel.

For more than 30 years, Fraser has pursued his vision of perfecting a revolutionary new style of bike that's more than a unicycle, but less than a conventional bike.

"I got little boys knocking on my door all the time asking if they could ride the bike," Fraser said. "They love it.

"One boy took it to school and back every day."

Fraser's bike is so new, he has yet to give it a name.

"I'm toying with the name ‘X-Bike' or ‘Extreme Bike,' but I'm still researching it," he said.

One of the happiest days in his life, he said, was receiving a letter from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office telling him his patent had been approved.

He received his patent papers in the mail July 27.

"This is like a dream come true," he said. "You hear about Edison getting patents for his inventions, and when it happens to you, you feel like you're part of the same thing, that you've joined a club - joined a patent club.

"It feels good."

Bicycle manufacturers have already expressed interest but are worried about liability.

Fraser's bike makes it extremely easy to pop a "wheelie," but it's not more dangerous than skateboards, he said.

"As it is with skateboards, it's up the rider to be safe. This is not a dangerous vehicle. If it was, I wouldn't let kids ride it," he said.

Anyone wishing to see the bike in action can visit YouTube.com and punch in "cyclerider58." At least five videos can be seen online with Fraser explaining how the bike works.

He encourages anyone visiting the website to leave a suggested name for the bike in the comment box.

"This is an advanced way to ride a bike," he said. "It's entertainment.

"When you do a regular wheelie, you have to sort of snap the bike. This way, you can just sort of lean back," Fraser said. "It's a smooth transition. And when you turn corners, you feel like you're on a roller coaster."

Fraser's patent also includes the same design for a unicycle, given that the design makes a front wheel redundant.

 

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