World’s Fastest Human-Powered Bicycle


Designed by eight engineering students from the University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV), the Arion 1 has an enclosure that hides its two wheels. Riders have to lie down inside, as low as possible. And the only way to see where you’re going is by using a built-in video camera.

It’s still a prototype, but the Arion 1 team thinks it can break 90 miles per hour, and surpass the current human-powered lands speed world record.

[T]he gear that turns the bike’s wheels rotate 17 times for every one pedal the biker makes. Comparatively, regular bikes have a gear ratio of only 4:1.

Fast Company via DVICE for the full article.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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