Well, it's a bicycle with a steerable front and rear wheel. You can steer the rear wheel with your hips or your feet on the pedals, or by leaning the bike which causes the rear to steer in the opposite direction of the lean. This action sets it apart from all other bikes. It can do things no other bike can do like make very sharp turns. It is also a bit more difficult to control. To help, there are two springs that aid in keeping the rear wheel straight. And there are 3 spring tension settings. There is also a lockout knob which keeps the rear wheel straight.
After riding my swing bike for an hour or so I noticed an odd feeling. You know when you're on a boat for some time and you get off and it still feels like your on a boat with the waves rocking it, well I get that feeling that I am still on the bike which lasts for a little while. Kinda funny huh? These bikes also work you out a lot more than a regular bike and in a good way. My shoulders, lats, and entire core gets worked hard from all of that swivelling.
All About Swing Bikes
Swing Bikes were made from 1975 to 78 and came in 4 colors: orange, lime green, yellow and blue. Yellow and lime green bikes seem to be a little harder to find. All the bikes had matching color seats although the orange bike seat was a lighter orange. I believe the bikes were originally called Pivicycles as seen in this brochure.
Although I am yet to see or hear of a living Pivicycle example. So all the bikes you'll see were made in Taiwan for an American company called the E.B.M. Corporation. My bike says it was made by Dodsun Bicycle MFR. They used another maker in Taiwan and that was the Fu Lu Industrial CO., Ltd. and it's unclear why they used two and which came first, but there are some differences.
Dodsun "O" Series Frame:
Rear triangle is welded on the outside and ground smooth
Sticker on Bottom Bracket says Dodsun Bicycle Mfr.
Seatpost is zinc plated
Fork Dart sticker has a flat top
Fu Lu "A" Series Frame:
Rear triangle is welded on the inside and some arre poorly done
Sticker on Bottom Bracket says Fu Lu Industrial Co., Ltd.
Seatpost is chrome plated Fork Dart sticker has a rounded top
Swing Bikes came with an awesome guide to setup a competition with your friends. Most of these courses look really tough. If one of my friends ever gets a Swing Bike, maybe we'll have a rodeo!