Pedal Power: The Quest for the 100 MPH Bicycle

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Pedal Power: The Quest for the 100 MPH Bicycle

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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.

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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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