baycycle project marks a new frontier in aquatic transit baycycle project marks a new frontier in aquatic transit
oct 30, 2013

baycycle project marks a new frontier in aquatic transit

baycycle project marks a new frontier in aquatic transit
all images courtesy of the baycycle project

 


 

whether for commuting, adventure, health, or recreation, biking plays a significant role in a number cities around the world. integrating the thriving culture with the necessity for many urban commuters to use bridges and tunnels to travel to work, judah schiller has conceptualized a sustainable and affordable idea that marks a new frontier in aquatic sport and transit: water biking. the initiative of the baycycle project, currently seeking funding on indiegogo, is to create an easy-to-use, compact system to connect any bike, regardless of frame size or construction, to an inflated pontoon-like base. by pedaling and steering normally, the mechanism is able to glide along massive bodies of water and even jump ocean waves. with two-thirds of the planet’s surface covered by water and nearly one billion bicycles in use around the world, the baycycle project opens up the possibility for new ways of navigating to work — avoiding traffic on bridges and tunnels — while encouraging fitness and physical activity.

 

 


baycycle project 10-13
video courtesy of baycycle project

 

 


biking along the surface of the water

 

 


the mechanism connects to a pontoon-like base, which allows the bike to float on the water

 

 


traveling the san francisco bay on the water

 

 


the baycycle project opens up the possibility for new ways of navigating to work

 

 


the mechanism is able to glide along massive bodies of water and jump ocean waves

 

 


a new frontier in aquatic sport and travel: water biking

 

  • Looks like fun in quiet water, with little or no wind and no current. But “jump ocean waves?” Not a chance.Think Venice (Italy) or Amsterdam. Note also that bikes generally aren’t designed for saltwater, which will soon corrode everything or reduce it to dust from galvanic action unless it’s stainless, bronze, or plastic. And I’d be interested to watch a capsize drill.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • As a kitesurfer and paddleboarder .. this would be a PITA. Sluggish hydrodynamics, not realistic to transport before/after the water, poor transfer of power and too much windage. No wonder they want someone else’s money to fund it. Novelty has little market value.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • No life jacket?

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • Amazing, I want one. Having bicycled around the world (25 000km in two years and 80 countries), I was always asked how I coped with the oceans. Here is the answer. I await the outcome of the BayCycle project with impatience.

    Paul Vickers says:

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