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(Metro)   We'll never have flying cars until we have flying bikes .. and that time has come thanks to two British designers and the Kickstarter crowd   (metro.co.uk) divider line 86
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2013-06-18 05:19:40 PM
Mind the Poppins!
 
2013-06-18 08:36:03 PM
Have they thought out their cunning plan? I can see the NYC bike messengers now.
/they're bad enough dodging on street level.
 
2013-06-18 08:48:30 PM
ooooh, target practice.
 
2013-06-18 08:50:50 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: Mind the Poppins!


That's what the insurance guys will call it when some moron crashes his flying bike through your roof.
 
2013-06-18 08:50:52 PM
Four wheels? These guys need to look up the word "bicycle" in the dictionary.
 
2013-06-18 08:51:10 PM
Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
 
2013-06-18 08:51:29 PM
Better luck this time.

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-18 08:51:35 PM
Bicycles don't have four wheels.
 
2013-06-18 08:53:57 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/oblig
 
2013-06-18 08:57:12 PM
I'll just leave this here.
 
2013-06-18 08:57:18 PM
You gotta appreciate his Styrofoam bike helmet.
 
2013-06-18 08:57:59 PM
ummmm
www.wired.com
 
2013-06-18 08:59:03 PM
Fail image D:
File too big


http://i.imgur.com/0HuwBdh.gif
 
2013-06-18 09:01:09 PM
Um...

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-18 09:03:51 PM
I cringe at the coming self-injury videos that will come from this.
 
2013-06-18 09:06:16 PM
Great, flying douches in spandex!
 
2013-06-18 09:06:42 PM
No hoverbikes? For shame!
 
2013-06-18 09:06:56 PM
img.fark.net

Approves
 
2013-06-18 09:12:50 PM
Am I in before speeder bikes from RotJ
 
2013-06-18 09:13:05 PM
I guess in some loose way you could describe that vehicle as a bike... but it's not flying under human power, that's for sure.
 
2013-06-18 09:19:36 PM

Dustin_00: I cringe at the coming self-injury videos that will come from this.


What are you kidding me? That's the kind of present that keeps on giving. It will be like the past decade's skateboard-stunt videos.
 
2013-06-18 09:19:59 PM

Mentalpatient87: UrukHaiGuyz: Mind the Poppins!

That's what the insurance guys will call it when some moron crashes his flying bike through your roof.


It's fairly light, The average rider will just bounce off your roof and fall to his death.
 
2013-06-18 09:22:07 PM
Yeah, that looks practical.
 
2013-06-18 09:25:49 PM
Ugh Kickstarter. Only 40% of the projects pass and some of those don't even make good on the pledges.
 
2013-06-18 09:25:53 PM

Andulamb: Yeah, that looks practical.


Exactly.  I'll be excited when it's practical.
 
2013-06-18 09:32:44 PM

liquidpoo: Ugh Kickstarter. Only 40% of the projects pass and some of those don't even make good on the pledges.


Every one I've ever been asked to give to is basically someone looking to dupe other people into buying something for their business that they should be buying for themselves.  In at least 3 cases, something that they already had the money for, but thought, "what the hell - let's see if I can kickstarter the money up".  In exchange, the contributors got small rewards of their product which cost them pennies to make and which normally sold for a few bucks.

Or someone wants to be an ar-teest and start a theater company, but wants everyone else to pay for it.

Nice work if you can get it, but I've never seen one I'd give money to.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-06-18 09:35:49 PM
"As Gos as my witness I thought bikes could fly"
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-06-18 09:36:45 PM

gja: "As God as my witness I thought bikes could fly"


FTFM
 
2013-06-18 09:38:11 PM
Oh great, just what we need, a critical mass of assholes riding their bikes in the skies.
 
2013-06-18 09:39:53 PM

Mock26: Oh great, just what we need, a critical mass of assholes riding their bikes in the skies.


Agreed.

Plus I'm guessing these things will be ungodly loud. Do we really need flying leaf blowers?
 
2013-06-18 09:42:18 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: liquidpoo: Ugh Kickstarter. Only 40% of the projects pass and some of those don't even make good on the pledges.

Every one I've ever been asked to give to is basically someone looking to dupe other people into buying something for their business that they should be buying for themselves.  In at least 3 cases, something that they already had the money for, but thought, "what the hell - let's see if I can kickstarter the money up".  In exchange, the contributors got small rewards of their product which cost them pennies to make and which normally sold for a few bucks.

Or someone wants to be an ar-teest and start a theater company, but wants everyone else to pay for it.

Nice work if you can get it, but I've never seen one I'd give money to.


If I'm going to give money to a for-profit business venture, I expect some type of equity in return.
 
2013-06-18 09:43:00 PM
Wait, the FIRST such craft??? I've seen powered parachutes for years! I daydreamed about them back in 1997.
 
2013-06-18 09:44:47 PM
If that's a flying bike then I'm straight and sober.
 
2013-06-18 09:47:01 PM
Do people really think flying cars is a good idea? People can't drive in 2 axis.
 
2013-06-18 09:53:22 PM
Nytfall:
Approves


During my childhood, that was the first movie I ever saw that disappointed me.
 
2013-06-18 09:56:16 PM

StopLurkListen: Benevolent Misanthrope: liquidpoo: Ugh Kickstarter. Only 40% of the projects pass and some of those don't even make good on the pledges.

Every one I've ever been asked to give to is basically someone looking to dupe other people into buying something for their business that they should be buying for themselves.  In at least 3 cases, something that they already had the money for, but thought, "what the hell - let's see if I can kickstarter the money up".  In exchange, the contributors got small rewards of their product which cost them pennies to make and which normally sold for a few bucks.

Or someone wants to be an ar-teest and start a theater company, but wants everyone else to pay for it.

Nice work if you can get it, but I've never seen one I'd give money to.

If I'm going to give money to a for-profit business venture, I expect some type of equity in return.


Well, in at least one case, you got $1.99 (retail) worth of heirloom hand crafted hard candy.  Unless you gave $5,000, in which case you got a tiny brass plaque with your name attached to one of the candy machines and a picture of the staff in front of the machine.  And about 10 bucks (retail) of heirloom hand crafted hard candy.
 
2013-06-18 09:58:10 PM
 
2013-06-18 10:05:32 PM
I just backed it. 1 Bp won't break the bank.
 
2013-06-18 10:05:34 PM
25 mph?  What good is that unless your daily commute is the DC Beltway?
 
2013-06-18 10:09:06 PM

Myth Sammich: I just backed it. 1 Bp won't break the bank.


Fool.
 
2013-06-18 10:13:49 PM

FrancoFile: 25 mph?  What good is that unless your daily commute is the DC Beltway?


and with all the restricted airspace... good luck.
 
2013-06-18 10:14:33 PM
The retards on kickstarter would fund a perpetual motion machine. Kickstarter is proof that the average 20 year old is a terrible VC.
 
2013-06-18 10:21:13 PM
Yannick Read and John Foden's XploreAir X1 can reach altitudes of 4,000 ft but doesn't require a special licence to operate.

I predict this will end badly.
 
2013-06-18 10:23:39 PM

liquidpoo: Ugh Kickstarter. Only 40% of the projects pass and some of those don't even make good on the pledges.


Weird, my success rate is close to 100%.  If I get my next one, which is supposed to ship in August and looks good to do so, it will be.  Maybe I just picked out better projects, but it seems easy enough to tell which ones are good and which are shiat.  Just don't invest in the shiat ones.
 
2013-06-18 10:26:26 PM
If this hasn't already been said, I'm disappointed, but not surprised.

It's not a bike. A bicycle has only two wheels.

I believe calling it a bike, is akin to calling it an airplane.
 
2013-06-18 10:29:19 PM
Man, that is some dangerous shiat right there.
 
2013-06-18 10:29:29 PM

The_Original_Roxtar: ummmm
[www.wired.com image 660x530]


Now THAT's a bike.

AND an airplane...

'Twas what I first thought of.
 
2013-06-18 10:29:38 PM
I came to complain what about the powered parachute trikes that are already out there.  Oh but they are just going to do it on a bike with giant training wheels...WTF FLAMPING? bye.
 
2013-06-18 10:29:43 PM

StopLurkListen: Myth Sammich: I just backed it. 1 Bp won't break the bank.

Fool.


For encouraging innovation? I realize it's not the first or even the best of it's kind, but it is versatile. Beside all that, it reminded me that I should focus more on making my own dreams come true, not just wax poetic about it. For that, 100 pence.
 
2013-06-18 10:30:53 PM

whatshisname: Great, flying douches in spandex!


Now that's funny...
 
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