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(Daily Mail)   An abandoned runway in the French countryside, a daring Frenchman sits astride his home built bicycle. Pushed by a gentle breeze, an empty bottle of hydrogen-peroxide bounces aimlessly across the tarmac..... the tension is palpable and mounting   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 59
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2013-05-25 03:29:41 PM
Did they use Google Translate to write the article?
 
2013-05-25 03:36:16 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

Proof positive cyclists have something lodged in their ass.
 
2013-05-25 03:37:37 PM
Future Darwin award winner?
 
2013-05-25 03:38:45 PM
I always wondered how much of the energy gets wasted boiling the water that is generated into steam...
 
2013-05-25 03:38:57 PM
How does it stop?
 
2013-05-25 03:39:16 PM
not seeing the honky tonk blonde hair I was expecting...
 
2013-05-25 03:42:29 PM
How does he keep it straight , stop the thing and how in the hell does those spokes and other bike parts deal with so much stress? I'm surprised the wheels didn't just break apart.
 
2013-05-25 03:42:53 PM
A rocket?  I don't think that counts as a bicycle speed record.

/extreme euros can be weird
 
2013-05-25 03:42:59 PM
wal mart is deluged with good ole boys buying bicycles and hydrogen peroxide by the case. Story at 11.
 
2013-05-25 03:45:09 PM
How is this a bicycle? I think he should have to pedal the whole time using fixed gears. That would give the legs a workout.
 
2013-05-25 03:47:34 PM
For his next trick he should try with one of these:

media-2.web.britannica.com
 
2013-05-25 03:49:50 PM

that was my nickname in highschool: A rocket?  I don't think that counts as a bicycle speed record.

/extreme euros can be weird


This. What about riding a bike off a very tall cliff and timing the fall? Would that count as a speed record?
 
2013-05-25 03:50:27 PM
I have bicycled 50mph down a small mountain. It was really fun, and not too hard. This was on my unremarkable steel 1988 Trek road bike.

It was near home, so I made a few trips starting at 30MPH to get my confidence up before hit 50.

I live in Illinois now, not much opportunity for that now.
 
2013-05-25 03:54:41 PM
I seem to remember this happening in a Hardy Boys novel I read as a kid.
 
2013-05-25 04:07:36 PM

symptomoftheuniverse: that was my nickname in highschool: A rocket?  I don't think that counts as a bicycle speed record.

/extreme euros can be weird

This. What about riding a bike off a very tall cliff and timing the fall? Would that count as a speed record?


No, you'd have a hard time trying to exceed your terminal velocity (some where around 120 mph). Maybe if you rode a rocket powered bike off of a cliff that might work.
 
2013-05-25 04:14:20 PM
Made by ACME...Used in a lot of Road Runner  cartoons...
 
2013-05-25 04:16:13 PM
The Wile E. Coyote school of cycling
 
2013-05-25 04:32:05 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: For his next trick he should try with one of these:


I wonder what the official land speed record for a penny-farthing is?
 
2013-05-25 04:42:40 PM
Ok, I'll just leave this here...

3.bp.blogspot.com

/obscure, yet?
 
2013-05-25 04:44:36 PM
How could he possibly slow down in time for a red light though?
 
2013-05-25 04:57:26 PM

BumpInTheNight: How could he possibly slow down in time for a red light though?


If he goes fast enough the red light shifts to violet.

----------

Mork: "I got a ticket for doing the speed of light in a speed of sound zone.  I would have pulled over earlier, but I couldn't see the lights or hear the siren."
 
2013-05-25 04:57:50 PM
An abandoned runway in the French countryside, a daring Frenchman sits astride his home built bicycle. Pushed by a gentle breeze, an empty bottle of hydrogen-peroxide bounces aimlessly across the tarmac..... the tension is palpable and mounting

Then a clown squirts you with seltzer water and honks his bicycle horn. FIN.
 
2013-05-25 05:04:37 PM
wake me up when he does it on a fixie.
 
2013-05-25 05:05:20 PM
If you do not pedal it is not a bicycle, just a lame ass attempt at a motorcycle.
 
2013-05-25 05:06:19 PM

NutWrench: An abandoned runway in the French countryside, a daring Frenchman sits astride his home built bicycle. Pushed by a gentle breeze, an empty bottle of hydrogen-peroxide bounces aimlessly across the tarmac..... the tension is palpable and mounting

Then a clown squirts you with seltzer water and honks his bicycle horn. FIN.


Now I understand why they like Jerry Lewis so much.
 
2013-05-25 05:23:55 PM
Lame.  Let us see how fast he can under just his own power.
 
2013-05-25 05:33:51 PM

Mock26: Lame.  Let us see how fast he can under just his own power.


There's a cycle like that here. It's a portable meth lab. The cyclist's speed has never been clocked.
 
2013-05-25 05:51:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: How does it stop?


Depending on the method used, either very slowly or way too quickly
 
2013-05-25 06:00:01 PM

skinink: How does he keep it straight , stop the thing and how in the hell does those spokes and other bike parts deal with so much stress? I'm surprised the wheels didn't just break apart.


The only thing that I'd worry about is the rubber in the tires coming apart from the centrifugal force , the rest of the bike would be relatively easy, the wheels could be titanium, or carbon fiber. what's interesting is that the spokes are exposed, if they'd covered the spokes they may have eeked out a few more KPH

Most of the force will be linear in direction, so it's probably all carbon fiber

BTW the shop cited for helping him apparently does this sort of thing a lot.
http://www.swissrocketman.fr/exotic-thermo-engineering,fr,8,43.cfm
 
2013-05-25 06:04:46 PM

SpaceBison: No, you'd have a hard time trying to exceed your terminal velocity (some where around 120 mph). Maybe if you rode a rocket powered bike off of a cliff that might work.


Generally, free fall terminal velocity @ 120 refers to falling in a spread eagle config. Dive head or feet down, or with a speedsuit, and you can easily exceed that.

Bikes, on land, have done over 140mph on the flat (paced behind a car), or downhill.
Skiers have gone 160+.
 
2013-05-25 06:10:34 PM
Rocket powered? Bah - this guy did 163 MPH with just pedaling (behind a dragster fairing, granted...but he actually pedaled at that speed).

http://www.fredrompelberg.com/en/html/algemeen/fredrompelberg/record .a sp
 
2013-05-25 06:32:25 PM

RoLleRKoaSTeR: Ok, I'll just leave this here...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x347]

/obscure, yet?


nope, not yet.
 
2013-05-25 06:54:07 PM
On first glance I read "hydrogen-peroxide" in the headline as nitrous oxide. It's still fitting as it would work for both giving the rocket bike a boost and for making the broken bones and hellish road rash less painful until the medics get to him. Just imagine this scenario being portrayed in a 50's ephemeral film where the incredibly optimistic narrator ponders "Nitrous oxide: just what can't this miracle compound accomplish?" (air pollution conspicuously absent).
 
2013-05-25 06:59:24 PM

Walter Paisley: On first glance I read "hydrogen-peroxide" in the headline as nitrous oxide. It's still fitting as it would work for both giving the rocket bike a boost and for making the broken bones and hellish road rash less painful until the medics get to him. Just imagine this scenario being portrayed in a 50's ephemeral film where the incredibly optimistic narrator ponders "Nitrous oxide: just what can't this miracle compound accomplish?" (air pollution conspicuously absent).


Well a near 100% H2O2 solution is some nasty shiat. It will cause some "someone just opened the Arc of the Covenent in here" face melting larity if it gets on human flesh.
 
2013-05-25 07:11:01 PM

Oldiron_79: Walter Paisley: On first glance I read "hydrogen-peroxide" in the headline as nitrous oxide. It's still fitting as it would work for both giving the rocket bike a boost and for making the broken bones and hellish road rash less painful until the medics get to him. Just imagine this scenario being portrayed in a 50's ephemeral film where the incredibly optimistic narrator ponders "Nitrous oxide: just what can't this miracle compound accomplish?" (air pollution conspicuously absent).

Well a near 100% H2O2 solution is some nasty shiat. It will cause some "someone just opened the Arc of the Covenent in here" face melting larity if it gets on human flesh.


So it changes from a miracle of science to a religious miracle?
 
2013-05-25 07:19:01 PM
There is awesome, then there is this.
 
2013-05-25 07:43:24 PM

Mock26: Lame. Let us see how fast he can under just his own power.


www.sabiask.com

that guy did almost 160 mph just pedaling
 
2013-05-25 08:00:33 PM

BumpInTheNight: How could he possibly slow down in time for a red light though?


That's a trick question, because bicyclists never stop for a red light.
 
2013-05-25 08:54:44 PM
So research for a faster way to retreat?
 
2013-05-25 09:21:53 PM
But can he pull off a vertical loop in a large pipe
 
2013-05-25 09:25:23 PM

Walter Paisley: Oldiron_79: Walter Paisley: On first glance I read "hydrogen-peroxide" in the headline as nitrous oxide. It's still fitting as it would work for both giving the rocket bike a boost and for making the broken bones and hellish road rash less painful until the medics get to him. Just imagine this scenario being portrayed in a 50's ephemeral film where the incredibly optimistic narrator ponders "Nitrous oxide: just what can't this miracle compound accomplish?" (air pollution conspicuously absent).

Well a near 100% H2O2 solution is some nasty shiat. It will cause some "someone just opened the Arc of the Covenent in here" face melting larity if it gets on human flesh.

So it changes from a miracle of science to a religious miracle?


No just seriously nasty stuff.
 
2013-05-25 09:29:59 PM

RoLleRKoaSTeR: Ok, I'll just leave this here...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x347]

/obscure, yet?


Nothing ever has been, or will be, obscure on Fark. Ever.
 
2013-05-25 09:31:26 PM

RoLleRKoaSTeR: Ok, I'll just leave this here...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x347]

/obscure, yet?


images.dakkadakka.com
 
2013-05-25 09:31:33 PM

WhyteRaven74: Mock26: Lame. Let us see how fast he can under just his own power.

[www.sabiask.com image 450x294]

that guy did almost 160 mph just pedaling


Actually, he did 167mph, which is very impressive.  However, the car does give a huge advantage.  The flat surface unpaced record is 83mph.
 
2013-05-25 09:34:20 PM

Satanic_Hamster: RoLleRKoaSTeR: Ok, I'll just leave this here...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x347]

/obscure, yet?

[images.dakkadakka.com image 800x600]


On a side note, is it legal to build/own one of those in the U.S.?
 
2013-05-25 09:49:46 PM

Skywolf the Scribbler: Satanic_Hamster: RoLleRKoaSTeR: Ok, I'll just leave this here...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x347]

/obscure, yet?

[images.dakkadakka.com image 800x600]

On a side note, is it legal to build/own one of those in the U.S.?


It's absolutely legal, I just wouldn't recommend riding it on the roads (no VIN but with a power source). I'm fairly sure that for track use there wouldn't even be any paperwork involved, though you might need some sort of model rocket license to build the rocket.
 
2013-05-25 09:59:36 PM
Not much of an accomplishment.

Art Arfons once said: "I could put my engine in a school bus and break the sound barrier; controlling it is another matter."

This guy bolted a rocket to a bicycle, a bigger rocket would have pushed him faster.
 
2013-05-25 10:59:57 PM

Mock26: Actually, he did 167mph, which is very impressive. However, the car does give a huge advantage. The flat surface unpaced record is 83mph.


True enough, and I screwed up my kmh to mph conversion, my bad. Though I have to admit given the choice, 150 plus powered by a hydrogen peroxide rocket or pedaling behind a huge wind screen, I'm not sure which I'd choose
 
2013-05-25 11:04:17 PM
It aint easy being a rocket scientist.
Things do blow up with regularity.
I mean, would you sit on top of a device that has a one in 20 chance of exploding every single time you hit the "go" button?


Kerbal Space Program. build your own rockets.
Not a shill for them, it's just a demo.
Spacecraft design, construction, and launch of
solid and chemical rocketry,
realistically rendered.
 
2013-05-25 11:58:36 PM

WhyteRaven74: Mock26: Actually, he did 167mph, which is very impressive. However, the car does give a huge advantage. The flat surface unpaced record is 83mph.

True enough, and I screwed up my kmh to mph conversion, my bad. Though I have to admit given the choice, 150 plus powered by a hydrogen peroxide rocket or pedaling behind a huge wind screen, I'm not sure which I'd choose


I would choose neither.  For me the thrill and enjoyment of the bike is doing it all under my own power.  My personal best is just over 50mph, but that was down hill.  Still, it was a ton of fun!
 
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