Alt Bike Culture - Yellow Submarine
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11-10-10, 02:50 PM
5 Mph. It can go 20ft down and it's a recumbent. ;)
11-12-10, 09:39 PM
Is the bubble filled with air or water? If air, don't you need a 1,000 lbs of ballast? If water, wouldn't it interfere with pedaling?
11-14-10, 09:43 AM
Well, looking at the bubbles coming out of the cyclists regulator and his goggles and wetsuit, I think the sub is filled with water. And as far as extra effort, probably no worse than swimming. I imagine the wet suit might be the greater drag.
11-14-10, 10:42 PM
That looks really inefficient. Inefficient but awesome.
11-20-10, 02:22 PM
The coolest thing i have seen in a loooong time
11-20-10, 05:56 PM
It looks like something a child would invent. And I don't mean that as a compliment.
Trading off the ability to go farther, but spending more air doing so, is really not much of any "advantage" in diving.
Besides, for scuba diving they have the electric motor-propeller things that just pull you around anyway.
11-20-10, 06:58 PM
On the human-propelled-vehicle races, they've developed similar shaped bicycles that are a bunch more aerodynamic than a normal bicycle, and it wouldn't surprise me if that wasn't also possible with underwater stuff- so I can see a possiblity that you could go farther and faster with a hulled pedal-sub than you could by swimming. But on that one, it looks like such an enormous hull for one person.
Re-reading the title, in the local club, I used to hear them speak of "the yellow submarine". I've seen a guy on local charity rides with a home-built yellow fairing and wondered if that's what they meant. But no, it just turned out the "yellow submarine" was a particular tandem bike that they like to draft behind.
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