Tuesday June 29th, 2010
AMPHIBIOUS PUSHBIKE IS A SWIMMING SUCCESS
Itís cheap to buy and run, itís eco friendly and it keeps you fit. These are just a few claims made by a Chinese engineer who is looking to market his latest invention. 63year-old Li Guowei of Wuhan in the Hubei province has built a functioning amphibious bicycle. Based on a standard pushbike design it has eight inflatable barrels for buoyancy and propeller at the rear.
The third generation prototype was successfully tested by his apprentice after he rode the bicycle across the 1,000metre wide Hanjiang River and back in less than half an hour. The bike, which Mr Guowei believes could be sold for as little as £60 can also be used on dry land by simply folding away the barrels.
He had this to say about his invention, 'Anyone can ride this bike. It is cheap and very suitable as a family water transportation vehicle'
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