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100 mph bike Pedal Power: The Quest for the 100 MPH Bicycle

England’s Tom Donhou makes some beautiful hand-built road and mountain bike frames. He got the idea to put his handiwork into action build (and pilot) a bike that could reach 100 miles per hour on the flats. Working in his shop and with England’s Royce bicycle component company he build a rocket of a bike with a monster front chain ring nearly as big as his wheels.

He was inspired by the homebuilt cars that roared across the salt flats of Utah once upon a time. There are no salt flats in the U.K. so he choose a two-mile, WWII-era runway. But his quest didn’t stop there.

The short documentary below documents his efforts and those of his collaborators. It’s a great story of ingenuity, daring, and the maker spirit.

Experiments in Speed from SpindleProductions on Vimeo.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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