Cheap Amphibious Cycle
The amphibious bicycle comprises a conventional bicycle modified with two extra attachments attached to it that enables it to run on both water and land. The first attachment consists of four rectangular air floats, which support the bicycle while moving in water. These rectangular floats are in two pairs and each pair is attached to the front and rear wheel of the bicycle with a piece on either side of the wheel. These floats can be folded when the bicycle runs on land. These floats are lightweight and hence the cyclist does not feel any extra burden. The other attachment comprises the fan blades attached in a radial manner on the spokes of the rear wheel. When the cyclist pedals the bicycle in water, the blades attached to the rear wheel also rotate and force the water to be pushed backwards thus enabling the bicycle to move forward. The blades are arranged in such a fashion that it can be driven in the reverse direction as well.
Link: The advantages are obvious as people in rural areas need no longer solely depend on the few overcrowded boats for crossing the river. Further, crossing the river can be done at one’s own convenience. As the cycle operates on both land and water, the time and money required for hiring a boat to cross the river and for further transportation on land is saved. A further application could be in amusement parks or children’s parks or for sending provisions to people living around a lake or for removing aquatic weeds or dragging a raft carrying goods, nursery plants etc.
NIF has sanctioned Saidullah a sum of Rs.33, 750 from the Micro Venture Innovation Fund for the prototype development for market research of the Amphibious Bicycle.
Manufacturing Capacity: Yes
Problem Scale: Mild with global application