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    Shuttle bike Kit (water bike), this is too cool!!!!

    First you start with this:



    A regular bike. Then you carry this on your back:



    What looks like a regular backpack. After about 10 minutes, you end up with this:



    WOAH! That's pretty cool!

    It's called the shuttle bike (http://www.shuttlebike.com/) and it's basically a portable kit that converts your regular road bike into a water bike. It's made in Italy and except for the homepage which doesn't have that much info, I can't much info on it like pricing, importers etc.

    Visit their website and check the videos. It looks like a pretty stable and reasonably quick personal watercraft.

    Of course the best part is that it's portable. So you could bike from your home to the beach and then use the same bike to have some fun on the water. And you can probably use most bikes on this thing as well. So if you don't want to get that expensive bike to get wet, you can probably find an old junker that'll do.

    And obviously eBikers like myself can probably give it a try too.

    As a fan of watercraft and bikes, I'm really loving this thing.

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    Man, I wonder how much those are. I guess they would not be legal in triathlons...

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    Could be used in kinetic konveyance races. The site said 10 minutes to set up. I can do that with my folding kayak. But then I have to paddle instead of pedal. However I can also carry two other adults.

    The thing looks top-heavy thus prone to flip over.
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    Did you check their website? They have a video of a stability test. Seems to be stable enough. At least as stable as any kayak or canoe. Probably more from the looks of the video.

    Can you store your folding kayak in a backpack and bike it to the beach?

    More than just a bike on water, it's the whole backpack thing that's really appealing to me.

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    Looks pretty stable to me.

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    Looks pretty stable to me too, but I noticed it was a lot of forward and backward motion that showed the stability, and not a lot of side to side... I think it would be worth a try!
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    Did anyone see what the price is?

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    This is pretty funny. While looking up cycling items today, I came across a side for bicycle pontoons. Unlike this kit, these were two foam pontoons that folded up along each side of the bike. Pull a pin, the pontoons drop, insert the pin to lock them in place, and then hit the water.

    Edit: It is called "Pedal-Paddle"

    http://www.pedal-paddle.com/

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    Hmmm, but that one the bike is in the water (using the things on the spokes as a paddle wheel) Looks a whole lot wetter.

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    Whoa, cool!

    I wonder, though, what happens if those inflatable thingies get punctured... The consequences are going to be worse than a flat tire!

    Pedal-Paddle looks more reliable but less portable.

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    Where to buy?

    My 1st post of the forum so be gentle

    Ok Ive seen this is an old thread but:

    I can't find ANYWHERE to buy these things apart from an Austrailian website that seems to list the price of a Shuttle Bike @ $1495 AUS which equals about 700 - they must be cheaper than that tho.

    I've emailed Shuttle Bike US and also direct to the Italian company who makes them today so will post back here any replys I get.

    The Pedal Paddle basic model is listed on thier website at $500+p&p so about 300 to the UK i guess but I really like the look of the Shuttle Bikes portability and looks more fun tbh.

    Has anyone had a go on/own one of these?

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    Now that summer is here, I want one. I emailed the italian company. i'm waiting for a response.

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    Perfect for the low budget James Bonds among us.

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    I am down in the Charleston,SC area (at the moment) Someone around here has one of the Shuttle Bikes. We saw it a couple of weeks ago when we were out fishing. It was too far away to really get a good look at it, but it was trucking right along and the guy pedaling was wearing a life vest...but no helmet

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    Brings new meaning to 'multi-mode commute'...

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    Ben i was thinking the exact same thing.

    that could shave miles off some commutes
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    A couple of years ago, there was an article in the local paper about a commuter who used this product to pedal across about a mile's worth of Puget Sound. By doing so, he cut something like 20 miles off of his trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chephy View Post
    Whoa, cool!

    I wonder, though, what happens if those inflatable thingies get punctured... The consequences are going to be worse than a flat tire!

    Pedal-Paddle looks more reliable but less portable.
    Yes, you might have to counterflood to maintain stability.
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    Got a reply:

    Dear Mr. Zeuser

    thank you for your kind attention given to our product Shuttle-Bike kit, that we believe to be at present, the best in term of quality, reliability, safety and price.

    The Shuttle-Bike kit is an Italian product, made in Italy by Studio tecnico Siviero and S B K Engineering in Vigevano (PV).
    The Shuttle-Bike kit is the result of many years of research in materials and ideas what make Shuttle-Bike kit a unique product.

    The price for the Shuttle bike kit including forwarding costs amounts to
    Canadian Dollars 1320,00 freight charge included.
    Payment is in advance by wire transfer on our bank account or with PayPal:
    www.paypal.com to use our e-mailing address mailto:st1siviero@tin.it

    Delivery within 10-15 working days from receipt of the payment
    Validity of the offer : 20 days

    Visite the official web-site www.shuttlebike.com

    We remain at your disposal for any further information, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser View Post
    As a fan of watercraft and bikes, I'm really loving this thing.
    Then you'll love this - www.akwakat.com Fast and stable!

    Last edited by Muscleworx; 12-15-09 at 05:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muscleworx View Post
    Then you'll love this - www.akwakat.com Fast and stable!

    This latest design has a disadvantage--you have to take the wheels off. I realize there have to be some differences for the NZ product to be patentable. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see a patent problem affect marketing of this latest product since the Italian version was first to market and probably properly patented to protect their rights internationally. That's certainly nothing new as far as international product development goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nwmtnbkr View Post
    This latest design has a disadvantage--you have to take the wheels off. I wouldn't be surprised to see a patent problem affect marketing of this latest product since the Italian version was first to market and probably properly patented to protect their rights internationally. That's certainly nothing new as far as international product development goes.
    Disadvantage? A couple of weeks ago we raced the Akwakat against a Shuttlebike and a couple of Hydrobikes and over 23km cleaned up with a 45 minute winning margin. So impressive the Shuttlebike owner has ordered a couple of Akwakats :-)

    As for patent infringments - apart from the fact that both kits have inflatable pontoons and are designed to be ridden with a conventional bike, they are in fact nothing alike with totally different propulsion systems, drive assemblies, and frame make up.

    They have a new website now at www.akwakat.com with a bunch of new pics.

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    So when your $5000 CF bike goes overboard, does it float?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratdog View Post
    So when your $5000 CF bike goes overboard, does it float?
    And thats why we have insurance

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