09:12, December 06, 2022modified to
12:22 p.m., December 06, 2022
This week, at the Paris Boat Show, a brand new New Zealand invention is attracting the attention of the curious: a bicycle for pedaling on water! It will be sold in France next year against the tidy sum of nearly 10,000 euros for an entry-level model.
Cycling on water is possible! A New Zealand invention, different from the pedalo, also different from aquabiking which consists of cycling in water, allows this little feat. It will be marketed in France next year and, for the most impatient, it is possible to preview it this week at the Paris Boat Show located at Porte de Versailles.
10,000 euros for the entry level
Handlebars, saddle, pedals but instead of wheels, this bike has a rudder, a propeller and two horizontal foils, these carbon wings that allow you to get out of the water. “It’s a water bike that rides the waves and mixes the feeling of sliding with that of cycling, pedaling. It’s a great innovation, it didn’t exist until then”, explains at the microphone of Europe 1 Myriam Cabrol, exclusive distributor for France of this invention through the company The Hydro Experience, which she founded with her husband after a professional retraining.
An electric assistance makes it possible to extract the bike from the water and then to pedal more easily. According to Myriam Cabrol, the balance is easy: “You start, you’re in the water, you press on the bike to sink it, you step over it to get on it. Then, you have the impression of taking off like in an airplane. You press the accelerator, the front rises, rises, rises and hop, you tilt your body forwards to rebalance and off you go.
This hydrobike allows you to ride at sea or on bodies of water. The autonomy of the electric assistance in optimized mode is 4:30. Owning such a water bike costs almost 10,000 euros for the entry level. It is therefore above all the market of professional rental companies that is targeted.
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