John in CR wrote:I'm sorry, but if it really is that good then sharing the tilt mechanism now would honor his legacy. One of the great things to come out of the internet age is the concept of open source. Too bad it still hasn't caught on with people who build mechanical things. If an idea is worthy and you know you won't bring it into mass production yourself, then share it freely with the world. If someone does take it into production hopefully they will have the honor to include a small royalty % for you.
Will you at least say, is it the angle of the pivot that is critical, or is what's so special the slick pivot mechanism itself?
Dan Trayling was the first one I know of with a CWLB bike in '94. A couple years later, BikeE comes out. Dan's bike also had the first ultra-lightweight linear brakes. After that, they started appearing on mountain bikes. Paul helped Georgiev work the aerodynamics on his first speedbikes. Not a public word of thanks.
Open source is a just a buzzword for freebie. Maybe it makes sense with software where millions of people will use it and 10,000 people will "donate" something to the author. But in a limited market with only 5000 users, having only 5 people pay does not make sense. If I release the specs to Paul's trike, you can bet there will be any number of clones the following year. In fact you've already said as much.
And... who ever said I wasn't trying to bring it to production. I just happen to be running on a shoestring and tilting trikes is a very limited market. BTW, it is that good, which is why I offered to build you one (for money of course). If you want to try to reverse engineer it after that, go for it, but just so you know, the production unit will be welded shut.
But all that aside, I promised my friend and mentor I would not reveal it. Keeping a covenant is about honour. If it dies with me, so be it. Let some other genius figure it out next century.