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    Open Waterbike Founder
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    hi from a fellow WaterBiker

    Hi everybody
    I own an oldish M5 28/20 recumbent bicycle, still a pleasure to ride on the hills of Friul, in North-eastern Italy (European Union), not far from Venice, where I live.
    But my favourite now is the Open Waterbike. Don't you know it? That's becouse it's not a bicycle, it's a waterbike, the pleasures of bicycling transferred on water.
    It's the same as bicycling on firm ground, but it's also different. You should have a try...
    I have started a project to diffuse this new sports, called 'The Open Waterbike Project. Just believed you bicycle enthisiasts could be intersted. Please have a look at the pictures and give me a feedback
    Greetings form old Europe!

    Giuseppe 'Beppe' Carignani
    Founder, The Open Waterbike Project
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    Lanky Lass East Hill's Avatar
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    Looks like a sleeker, faster version of the paddleboat . How fast can it go?

    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

    East Hill
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    Open Waterbike Founder
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    waterbikes speed

    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Looks like a sleeker, faster version of the paddleboat . How fast can it go?

    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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    Thanks East Hill
    well, waterbikes and paddleboats are as different as race bicycles and rickshows.

    Waterbikes come in two different types; fastest ones are hydrofoils, built for maximum top speed. Don't miss the video here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2UOH65QOI4

    Long distance waterbikes, by contrast, are not so fast, but designed for sustainable speed, lasting several hours. Long distance sustainable speed for amaterurs (150 W of total output power) is 6 to 7 knots, that is 10 to 12 Kph. It seems slow, but you can actually enjoy that speed on water and overcome small sailboats and canoes!. The ratio swimming/waterbiking is more or less the same as running/biking: it's the most efficient way to move on water under human power.
    A few photos and videos (not so impressive, but showing a more relaxed approach) can be found here:

    http://www.openwaterbike.com/our-boat


    The concept is exactly the same as for recreational biking: fitness, tourism, even commuting.
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    Beppe

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    That hydrofoil is quite amazing! Thanks for the links .

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