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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

8 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.

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

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)!

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

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

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.

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

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

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Dr.Paj

10 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

10 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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

What's with the back wheel?

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

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

10 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.

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

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

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.

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