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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

And now for something a little different...


Okay. So you know by now that I like bicycles. A lot. I believe they are one of our most efficient machines, if not the most efficient. But, well..I don't think I really want to leave the ground on one. Interestingly, the original plane at Kitty Hawk took flight using bicycle parts, and the Wright brothers were bicycle mechanics prior to building their plane. Anyhow, I recently came across this on Treehugger and thought it was interesting enough to share. Their actual site is located here, and their kickstarter page is located here. Take a look at the short video below. I'd be interested in hearing what others thought...could you take off on this thing?



Urban Simplicity.

3 comments:

DanT said...

Hi Joe.

It is a classic example of TechnoFolly.

It is noisy, an energy hog and dangerous on so many levels to both the operator, notice I didn't write cyclist, and the public.

It is a classic example of the car culture trying to keep people using a "fuel burning, engine powered" anything but other than legs and lungs.

Regards from across the river,

DanT

Joe George said...

Dan, as far as I can tell there is not a gas powered engine on this...it has a parachute to keep it afloat and pedal power to help it move (though I may be wrong). But still, you'd never catch me in it :)

DanT said...

Oops Joe,.

You are right about the engine but it still is technofolly. It is hard to beat the traditional chain drive that we have.
Best wishes,
DanT