Czechs Test Flying Bike
Three companies show off prototype
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
Journalists watch the flying bike, with a test dummy in the saddle in Prague.   (STANISLAV ZBYNEK)

(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.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 15, 2013 7:48 PM CDT
I may buy one, but first I want a hydrogen peroxide jet pack. Tiny winy problems with both of them. You run out of juice you're toast. Nothing like being at 500 feet and you are on empty.
vlad
Jun 13, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
not a new idea ! its been done before , with mixed results most of them not good !
Chatsworth
Jun 13, 2013 7:12 PM CDT
That could be useful when biking mountain passes,and falling off of them.