Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Shuttlebike ...

What's a rambler to do when he starts running out of trails on land?


This problem has been bothering me for a while now as I find it harder and harder to think of new places to go and explore by bike in Tasmania.

Then a friend of mine suggested I sent me this link ... www.shuttlebike.com, and the rest, predictably, was inevitable and Bruny Island was the perfect place to give things a try ...

It does take a doctorate to figure out how to put it all together
Kim had plenty of time to have a snooze and work on her tan.
Inflation of pontoons is achieve by a pedal pump which is quite clever.
(but very hard and takes two people)

30 minutes (OK, an hour) later and we have the finished product ...
Question is ... do I trust it?
Me with my confident face on.
No turning back now ... speaking of which ... how do you turn?


Child's play ...

Slightly out of skew ...

Notice flip up propeller attached to front wheel
You just turn the same way you would when riding a bike.  Clever.
If you want to see how it is really done, then feel free to check out the expert in action ...



With a bit of imagination, there's always new trails to ride, though I think it will be a while before I do the first circumnavigation of Tasmania on this baby ...

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