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I was unaware of the lovely couch bike phenomenon until my old landlord, Billy Gawrych, sent around this first image of two enterprising fellows taking this couch bike for a spin through the drive through. After an obsessive internet research session, I had amassed a compendium of couch bikes, for you to see in one place! Read on for the complete collection.

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A relaxing stroll about the town for two, anyone? This loveseat bike is from the UK.

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I spotted this blog post from 2004 about a magazine photoshoot involving this blue couch bike.

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For when you need to cross bodies of water on your couch bike, try the The SS Mitzie.

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Ok so this one is actually a couch being transported by bike, but impressive nevertheless!

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These Scottish couch bikers know how to ride in style, complete with a lamp.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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  1. Johnny Payphone says:

    I had the privilege of riding the SS Mitzie at the 2008 Australia Day celebration in Canberra. It surprised me what a nimble bike it was on land. Worked great on the water, too- quite a surprise for boaters to see folks drinking beer on a couch in the middle of the lake.

    There is another couchbike, though, that isn’t mentioned here. In the early days of Youtube someone uploaded a video where a couchbike is taken down a downhill mountainbiking course as a joke. This of course is a horrible idea. Apparently several people died and the video was taken down. You may be able to find it elsewhere if you really need to see it. I’ve had my eye out for couchbikes for over 10 years and you have a comprehensive list. I assume this other, early couchbike isn’t mentioned much because one or more of its builders died.

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