Friday Musings: Would you ride…uh, FLY these?

Here are a couple of oddities that popped up in the Google News feed recently. The first is an experimental bike by the Czech manufacturer Duratec:

More information is available here.

The second is a project developed by two British creators. Dubbed the Paravelo, it’s a bike/plane hybrid:

More information on the Paravelo can be found here.

Now, the big questions: Would you ride these things? Are flying bikes the future of two-wheeled commuting?


  1. Lemme Saunders June 21, 2013 5:26 am 

    The Czech hover fan bike, totally. I can see myself commuting on that, although I think range could be an issue. didn’t seem much like a bike, didn’t see much pedaling.

    The paravelo? fan powered kites are already around, and the issues with them are compounded by having a bike between your legs should you crash. An interesting idea, more of a luxury hobby than practical.

    My main issue is that the roads are full of idiots who can’t drive, do we really want to fill the skies with inconsiderate jerks?

  2. Ghost Rider June 21, 2013 6:22 am 

    Ha! My thoughts exactly. The Duratec one is by far the more appealing to me. NOthing like the roar of four electric fans to wake you up in the morning!

  3. Andy June 21, 2013 7:12 am 

    The paravelo isn’t a bike/plane hybrid, it’s simply a gas powered paraglider attached to a crummy bike. It’s ceraintl

    The first flying bike was the Gossamer Condor, developed into the Albatross. See: I’m not aware of any others since these which were flown in 1977-1980.

    Don’t worry, these will never be popular. I believe a gliders license would be required anyway, which at best takes a year to acquire.

  4. BluesCat June 21, 2013 9:32 am 

    Bike/plane hybrid or paraglider … I would be SO into the Paravelo. And if you could create one out of a recumbent bike with a good seat — like the Sun EZ-1 — that would SO work for ME.

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