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Old 01-27-08, 09:10 PM
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no plumbing? I found your new bike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U-mv...#poll_=MzMzQTM

It's an awesome idea, but I wonder how people who can't afford plumbing could afford this thing.
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^^^^


Well, the US could deliver these, instead of guns and bombs...
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Or a regular bicycle and a portable water filter for a fraction of the price that would actual be useful.

This looks typical of most student design projects... trying to solve a non-existent problem.
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Wasn't this the winner of the "Innovate or Die" contest set up by a bike company and others?

The problem of obtaining and transporting potable water is a huge issue, but this design is too limited: it can only transport water. The designers should have stuck the water filtration tanks and apparatus on a conventional cargo trike, so that the trike could be used for other purposes.
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They don't really say what the tank capacity is in the rear. It looks like about 4 gallons, since
they say that after the initial trip back home, the 2 gal front tank is full, and after emptying
the wheels can be disengaged to filter another 2 gallons.

4 gallons of water weighs 33 pounds. This bike is a singlespeed too.
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Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
They don't really say what the tank capacity is in the rear. It looks like about 4 gallons, since
they say that after the initial trip back home, the 2 gal front tank is full, and after emptying
the wheels can be disengaged to filter another 2 gallons.

4 gallons of water weighs 33 pounds. This bike is a singlespeed too.
Well, they say that a family of four requires "at least 20 gallons per day," and they say that the bike gets them enough water for the whole family, so that would mean 20 gallons? That's a lot of water for that little bike.

I don't know that it's a non-existent problem. They pretty much outline the problem they're solving at the outset, it's just not a problem we face in this country, although I do see the benefit of having a filtration/transport system that is not so heavily integrated with the bike, which would make the bike more useful for general transportation, and not just water. Still seems pretty nifty.
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