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100-mph-bike

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┬áhe 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 is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

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

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Food
*Sustainable/green design
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  1. Dana Gregory says:

    Great stuff. Really inspiring video. I’m tingling all over…

  2. asciimation says:

    Very cool! Reading the description though I was thinking the bike might do 100MPH but how the hell did they get a 50 year old Mk3 to!

    Simon