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Million Dollar Bicycle Answered

For a million dollars you can get a bike with the lowest air resistance in the world and hopefully get a better shot at the Olympics. That's what bike manufacturer Koga is claiming for this custom ride designed for Dutch rider Theo Bos.

Oddly enough, they make the claim that since it has only one speed and no brakes it is one of the most difficult bikes to ride. Whatever. That style of bike is called a track bike and if you're in a city you've likely seen people riding them around. It's not that tough.


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OBar
OBar

11 years ago

I remember when I was a kid, Wal-Mart had a 20 in. bike called "vector" both wheels had the aerodynamic plates on them, it was a snazzy looking bicycle, and looked pretty futuristic, as was it's purpose.

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rocknrollskwurl
rocknrollskwurl

12 years ago

i would pay a million dollars to watch someone compete in the olympics with a walmart bike!!!

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OBar
OBar

Reply 11 years ago

I'm with you!!

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yourcat
yourcat

Reply 12 years ago

ROFL! That's a good one!

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frogmeetcog
frogmeetcog

12 years ago

Scheise... and I was appalled when someone mentioned their $3000 fixie they were riding around the city (wrapped in innertube to protect the paintjob, noless) I can just see someone riding around with designer clothing made to look secondhand, on this bike, and locking the shining thing with a cheapo cable lock to a lampost. He/she then looks to see if anyone is watching, and goes into a starbucks. Gawd. Fixies I am totally fine with, as long as they are built by the user, not by a freaking custom frame builder. Maybe it's not a fixed gear: it's got a freewheel AND no brakes of any kind. THAT would be tough (and lethal)!

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Brennn10
Brennn10

12 years ago

$1,000,000?!?!?!?!?! That is crazy! I barely have enough money to buy a $100 bike.

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extremegtafan
extremegtafan

Reply 12 years ago

Hey, I'm riding a bike that's worth about $0.10 US. I got it free off the side of the road.

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extremegtafan
extremegtafan

12 years ago

DANG!!!!! That's the stupidest (is that a word?), most painful looking thing I ever saw!!!! I wouldn't even ride that if they paid me a mil. Well, maybe. But clear the streets 'cause no brakes and fast bicycles aren't good combinations when I'm around. And that took how long to make? I bet that was invented a long time ago, labeled: Torture Device. But how fast does it go? My computer won't load any video at all.

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yourcat
yourcat

12 years ago

(Owie) that (ouch) looks (ow) uncomfortable (owie).

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ajilitee
ajilitee

12 years ago

It reminds me of buying Nike's to try and jump higher... what a waste of money.

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Dr.Paj
Dr.Paj

12 years ago

This reminds me of a movie I saw a couple of weeks ago called The Flying Scotsman. Check it out if you're interested in seeing what this bike is used for.

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westfw
westfw

12 years ago

You know, I didn't see anything in that video to indicate that the bike could be bought for $1M, nor for that matter anything that indicated that the bike "cost" $1M to make, other than what was essentially a throw-away line from the reporter. Even if you claim 3.5y of development occupying several people doing nothing by working on this bike (say, 10 man-years), you've got to pay them pretty well before even the development costs reach that $1M. ("we'll pay you $50k/year to do nothing but work on a state-of-the-art bicycle, and you don't have to have a finished model till three years from now." Nice job; probably even gives Instructables some competition!) Of course, if the rider wins Olympic events using this bike, there may be someone who would be willing to pay $1M for it. But that's different!

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 12 years ago

The cost includes all of the R&D apparently. Make another one and the cost should drop by $500k!

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wasteofspacester
wasteofspacester

12 years ago

Please, look up the word "velodrome." If that's too much, imagine a bicycle sized Indianapolis Speedway. Suddenly it all makes sense. It only has what it needs. It has no need for brakes. It only needs one gear. It has aerodynamic efficienty at its heart. And it only gets ridden for a few minutes at a time, so comfort is of no consequence. Metal? Try carbon fibre and kevlar at a minimum.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 12 years ago

That's why I mentioned it's a track bike. If people are using these types of bikes in the streets it makes the claim even more ridiculous.

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kington99
kington99

Reply 12 years ago

Indeed, brakes are considered dangerous in velodromes because the cyclists ride in such close formation that an unexpected tap on the brakes from anyone in the pack will cause an enormous accident. The only real downside of running no brakes in this situation is that if your chain snaps it can take up to 4 laps for the air and rolling resistance to slow you to a stop.

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CJ Pain
CJ Pain

12 years ago

it looks disgusting what a waqste of 3 and a half years

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Doveman
Doveman

12 years ago

Wow... I can't even afford a $170 walmart bike, much less a 1 mil. dollar bike!

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

12 years ago

for 1,000,000 dollars it should have stuff like little nano carbon pyramids and super ball gears and some weird braking system I've never heard of. I'd be scared to ride that, I get reaallllyyy uncomfortable when the seat gets about 4 or 5 inches above the handles, always feel like you are going to flip. On a seperate note, who ever can ride that bycicle must have no balls, lol

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PKM
PKM

12 years ago

"It's not that tough."? Look at the seat height- you're practically upside-down riding it! Another ninety degrees and it would be a recumbent... :P I wonder how easy it would be to motorise a bike this narrow... fill the frame with AAA cells and fit a very narrow hub motor, perhaps.

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the_burrito_master
the_burrito_master

Reply 12 years ago

don't forget your arms don't go strait down to the handle pars so you dont have to bend over that far.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 12 years ago

Part of that is the perspective of the photo, but yes it does look uncomfortable.

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the_burrito_master
the_burrito_master

12 years ago

oh gosh that thing a million dollars just because they took the gears and hand brake off a normal bike and used some really light metal for the frame doesn't mean it has to be so expensive.

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lordofthedonuts
lordofthedonuts

12 years ago

Omg a 1M $ fixie... I'm trying to build one for 50 bucks...