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Man Makes Giant Hamster Wheel To Walk Across The Irish Sea

Why sail when you can paddle, and why paddle when you can walk? Isn’t that the proverb? No? Well, it should be if you’re going to pull a cool watery stunt, like Chris Todd here. He built the contraption you see above and called it the Treadalo. It’s a human-sized hamster wheel fused to a catamaran hull, and is propelled by a walking human. We think the name is a play on the word “pedalo.” We like pun-y names like that. And we like that he thought he could use it to walk across the 66 miles that separates Wales from Ireland. Chris believed he’d do the trek in two days and actually got halfway there before he was done in by waves that were too big for the vessel to handle. He was forced to tow the Treadalo back to Wales with a rescue boat and the thing broke on the way back. It’s sad because Chris wasn’t doing this just for fun: he was trying to raise money for charity. But a broken Treadalo is not failure, merely a setback. The man is already working on making a second attempt later this month.

[ Project Website ] VIA [ Inhabitat ]

The Bicymple Seeks To Reinvent The Bicycle

The current design for the bicycle has held pretty steady for the last little bit: two wheels, a frame, a chain, gears and a pedal. It’s stayed that way because it’s a good design; why mess with it? For fun, that’s why. A few weeks ago we looked at the Fliz, a two-wheeled contraption that made you feel like you were flying, strapped into a harness. And today we bring news of the Bicymple, or as Josh Bechtel of Scalyfish Designs wants you to think of it: the bicycle, simplified. It features a direct drive system, which means that the pedals are on the back wheel, and you turn it directly. It’s a little bit like a unicycle, only there’s a second wheel and handlebars. The second wheel is in front and is joined to the propelling wheel by a simple metal arm that allows them to run in different tracks from each other. This means you can go forward, but place your directional wheel offset from where you’re sitting, making you look like you’re traveling sideways, even when you’re not. Crab-ridin’. It’s… a little convoluted to explain and better understood in video form. The point is that it looks kind of fun, if only a little dangerous. Still, that never stopped anyone before.

The Bicymple is just a working prototype at the moment and there’s no pricing or availability information. But there’s a considerable amount of interest, so you never know when this could turn into a reality.

Hit the jump for more pictures and that video.

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