Czechs Test Flying Bike

Three companies show off prototype

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 12, 2013 5:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off today inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight. Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 209 pounds, with two battery-power propellers in the front, two in the back, and one each on the sides. An official with Duchek, a maker of bicycle frames, says more powerful batteries will be needed before a human takes a two-wheeled flight. (A dummy rode in the saddle this time around.) No word yet on when it might be available to consumers.

Journalists watch the flying bike, with a test dummy in the saddle in Prague.
Journalists watch the flying bike, with a test dummy in the saddle in Prague.   (STANISLAV ZBYNEK)
The flying bike prepares for liftoff, with a dummy in the saddle.
The flying bike prepares for liftoff, with a dummy in the saddle.   (Stanislav Zbynek)
The flying bike takes flight in Prague.
The flying bike takes flight in Prague.   (Stanislav Zbynek)
Two men watch the bike fly.
Two men watch the bike fly.   (STANISLAV ZBYNEK)
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