Fully-loaded touring bicycle ready to cross the Australian Outback
Scott's world touring bicycle loaded with over 25 liters of water (half are in the panniers) getting ready to ride the gravel roads in the Australian Outback.

Weird bicycles

Editor’s Note: Who doesn’t love weird bicycles? Weird bicycles are a testament to human ingenuity like our desire to always improve the mousetrap. Below is a work-in-progress collection of some strange but true bicycles, and some bicycles that may change the world. Also, if you haven’t seen the bike that went around the world, read all about it out — it’s famous. I considered my bike like an open invitation to meet people, since so many wanted to see my bike and learn what I was doing.

Red dragon bicycle contraption.
As this bicyclist pedals the wings of the dragon flap and the feet walk forward. Very clever.

The red dragon bicycle

In my neighborhood, for $25 dollars anyone can be part of the parade. This guy created a papier mâché dragon that appears to fly down the road.


A bicyclists with a trailer towing a couch and a man drinking a beer.
This puts a new spin on couch surfing and couch potato. Now you can sit on the couch and see the world from the back of a bicycle.

The couch bicycle

These two guys passed me yesterday. All those years of trying to decide whether I should sit on the couch or travel by bicycle, and to find I could have done both — the irony! What you might not notice — besides the beer in his hand and the stereo playing music — is that the light bulb is working in the lamp!


Bicycle ice shaver, or bicycle snow cone maker
Bicycle ice shaver, snow cone maker.

The snow cone maker bicycle

One step closer to a bicycle-powered world.

The bicycle snow cone maker is a great way to work up a thirst and earn your snow cone. Pictured here from Bend, Oregon is a friend of mine on a bicycle-powered ice shaver. I think he wanted to ride the bike more than he wanted a snow cone. If you ride long enough, you could break even on this bicycle machine.


Inventor holding up a bicycle made out of cardboard
Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni poses for a picture with his cardboard bicycle in Moshav Ahituv.

Cardboard bicycle

Here is another landmark in bicycle ingenuity — a $20 cardboard bicycle. And if you damage it, it is recyclable.

This really could change the world. Imagine an end to bike theft in big cities and a great form of transportation for people in developing countries.

Cardboard bicycle can change the world, says Israeli inventor. More from Reuters.


Man riding a 3D-printed bicycle
A wobbly prototype of a 3D-printed bicycle

Download a 3D-printed Bicycle from the internet!

Here is a bizarre evolution of the bicycle industry. We can now print a 3D bicycle much like we print a photograph. See this video minute 01:45 for the bicycle print out. And someday we may able to just download the bike from the manufacturer’s website and print it out at home, though I wouldn’t try riding that bicycle around the world.

How to Print a Bicycle | Technology and Science | Slate.


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