Amphibious bike

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Amphibious bike

Not sure how well it works, but from the pictures on Inhabitat, it does appear to at least… float. It’s made from eight plastic water jugs. Wanes attached to the rear spokes provide power.

The DIY Floating Water Bike

6 thoughts on “Amphibious bike

  1. Duckie says:

    Why do all these people make the mistake of creating a floaty device with e center of gravity that can offset the balance? My common sense tells me that this thing should be *way* wider than this to be stable. Anyone have an update on if the lady made it out with dry clothes? :D

  2. dokein says:

    I actually doubt stability would be much of an issue with this. Certainly way wider than a stand-up paddleboard, and with all the bouyancy pushed to the edges.

    Speed and manuverability, of course, are another issue. The only design I’ve seen that really does all three is George Tatum’s WaveBike (which I had an opporunity to ride around on Chesapeake Bay for half an hour or so). Unfortunately, it’s not amphibious. Or, as far as I know, in production anymore.

  3. engineer says:

    well, sure, the moment curve is only suited to sea state zero, and technically, paddle wheels went out of style about 150 years ago, but she’s a hottie so i’d let that all slide.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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