The Amphibious Bicycle: An Old Idea, Revived [video]
Bicycles are great in that they can take you many places with just the movement of your feet. Though speed bikers can go faster, mountain bikers can get more places, and overcome more terrain obstacles. But the MTB folks have nothing on the Cyclomer, a bike that can roam on the water as well as the road. The French have long been leaders in the bicycle realm, and in 1932 in Paris, they were pushing the boundaries of design. The Cyclomer does not look like an ordinary bicycle, because it is far from it. The front and rear wheels are buoyant bells, and are supported with a quartet of smaller bells that extend out from the bike frame when in water. RELATED: The SeaLion - World's Fastest Amphibious Car
A 1932 issue of Popular Mechanics called the Cyclomer a “hybrid among vehicles,” and features small blades on the rear bell, which propels the bike.
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A similar idea was concocted decades later by an Indian man, out of necessity. Mohammad Saidullah created a bicycle with four boxed floats, and a paddle system in the rear wheel. The region where he lives would often flood, so he made a device that could potentially save lives and make others lives much easier.
Perhaps the most impressive bit of this story- this revolutionary amphibious bicycle took only three days and cost only $120 to build. In 2011, Forbes called Saidullah’s Bicycle a name you need to know. We agree.
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