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(NJ.com)   Man commutes to Manhattan by bicycle. Not news you say? How about across the Hudson River on the water?   (nj.com) divider line 41
    More: Weird, Manhattan, hoboken, road bike, Vivian Schiller  
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2013-10-03 08:59:20 PM
What about ice in winter?

Or when Sully's bagging geese?
 
2013-10-03 09:06:11 PM
They should have THOSE available for rental in Manhattan...
 
2013-10-03 09:13:37 PM
Where's the guy walking with the pontoons?
 
2013-10-03 09:50:07 PM
What happens when the terrorists use pontoon bicycles to invade Manhattan, huh?  What then, smart guy?  You'll look pretty silly then.
 
2013-10-03 10:44:47 PM

Marcus Aurelius: What happens when the terrorists use pontoon bicycles to invade Manhattan, huh?  What then, smart guy?  You'll look pretty silly then.


Especially with all the torpedos and ICBMs on board.

Here's a video I found:

http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2013/10/riding_on_water_video_of_ma n_ c_1.html
 
2013-10-03 10:50:35 PM

AlwaysRightBoy: Here's a video I found:


Hey AlwaysWrongBoy, it would help to click the farking article.

/dumbass
 
2013-10-03 11:34:51 PM
The journey, which was made with a pursuit boat following and family members looking on from the pier, was made to promote water cycling as "the next frontier of biking," Schiller said.

Because the next big thing will surely be so important as to have a safety boat behind you in case something bad happens.
 
2013-10-03 11:36:40 PM
TFA: A new fad?

It's a craze. Everyone's doing it. Totally a new fad.
 
2013-10-03 11:40:10 PM
Jesus Christ!
 
2013-10-03 11:42:57 PM
I've always wondered why if someone wanted a water craft powered by one's legs, there weren't more options. Legs are a lot more powerful than arms, but it seems as though the only self-powered water crafts that can travel at a decent speed are powered by arms. This device is too top heavy and the body position looks like it's tough to handle in crosswinds. I'd like to see a low-profile watercraft where the rider sits in a similar position to a recumbent cyclist.
 
2013-10-03 11:44:16 PM
Didn't the Hudson River catch on fire once? Or was that the East River? Don't know if I'd want to go in either one of them.
 
2013-10-03 11:44:47 PM

Marcus Aurelius: What happens when the terrorists use pontoon bicycles to invade Manhattan, huh?  What then, smart guy?  You'll look pretty silly then.


This guy is an ex-Israeli soldier, I'm sure he can take care of them.
 
2013-10-03 11:46:20 PM
Yet even on the water he still managed to run 3 stop signs
 
2013-10-03 11:50:42 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Didn't the Hudson River catch on fire once? Or was that the East River? Don't know if I'd want to go in either one of them.


Gowanus Canal. You should see what the real estate on the canal goes for nowadays.
 
2013-10-03 11:52:55 PM
Just great.  Before long cyclists will want their own lane across the water.  Till then, they'll ride in the middle of the path making it impossible to pass with a boat.
 
2013-10-03 11:55:15 PM

Atomic Spunk: I've always wondered why if someone wanted a water craft powered by one's legs, there weren't more options. Legs are a lot more powerful than arms, but it seems as though the only self-powered water crafts that can travel at a decent speed are powered by arms. This device is too top heavy and the body position looks like it's tough to handle in crosswinds. I'd like to see a low-profile watercraft where the rider sits in a similar position to a recumbent cyclist.


www.thehulltruth.com

You mean like this?
 
2013-10-04 12:04:14 AM

Atomic Spunk: I've always wondered why if someone wanted a water craft powered by one's legs, there weren't more options. Legs are a lot more powerful than arms, but it seems as though the only self-powered water crafts that can travel at a decent speed are powered by arms. This device is too top heavy and the body position looks like it's tough to handle in crosswinds. I'd like to see a low-profile watercraft where the rider sits in a similar position to a recumbent cyclist.


A low profile leg powered vessel where you sit down and lean back a bit.  I think they invented that already.

www.worldrowing.com
 
2013-10-04 12:04:27 AM

Danger Avoid Death: You mean like this?

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2013-10-04 12:05:49 AM

Atomic Spunk: I've always wondered why if someone wanted a water craft powered by one's legs, there weren't more options. Legs are a lot more powerful than arms, but it seems as though the only self-powered water crafts that can travel at a decent speed are powered by arms. This device is too top heavy and the body position looks like it's tough to handle in crosswinds. I'd like to see a low-profile watercraft where the rider sits in a similar position to a recumbent cyclist.


http://www.nativewatercraft.com/video.cfm?id=61
 
2013-10-04 12:05:55 AM
Next he'll try to invent a pedal powered flying machine. Pffrrrt.
 
TWX
2013-10-04 12:07:14 AM
Meh. I'd have been more impressed if it was a treadmill bike...

/it'd be the self-propelled-vehicle equivalent of the turbriskafil...
 
2013-10-04 12:18:14 AM
To non New York/New Jersey Farkers: spend a week crossing the one bridge or two tunnels across the Hudson (12 million people on one side, nine million on the other) - with the soul crushing traffic or insane, what, $12 tolls, and you'll see why this man is a motherfarking hero.

/cause all our tax dollars go to red states, not our own infrastructure
 
2013-10-04 12:20:58 AM
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.
 
2013-10-04 12:21:55 AM
Wow, the comments are kinda negative today. XD

I think this thing looks awesome!!! O.O
 
2013-10-04 12:23:49 AM
In before the obligatory cyclist hate?

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Yet even on the water he still managed to run 3 stop signs


Dammit!
 
2013-10-04 12:37:11 AM

organizmx: To non New York/New Jersey Farkers: spend a week crossing the one bridge or two tunnels across the Hudson (12 million people on one side, nine million on the other) - with the soul crushing traffic or insane, what, $12 tolls, and you'll see why this man is a motherfarking hero.

/cause all our tax dollars go to red states, not our own infrastructure


I drive in to Manhattan from Bay Ridge a few times per month.  I really don't know how people do it every day.  I'd want to kill everyone all the time.
 
2013-10-04 02:32:38 AM

RogermcAllen:

A low profile leg powered vessel where you sit down and lean back a bit.  I think they invented that already.

[www.worldrowing.com image 800x561]


Very fast, and powered by the whole body. Two problems though: too tippy to use in anything except for still waters, and the operator faces in the opposite direction from the direction they're traveling making it somewhat impractical if they're in crowded conditions or they need to do turns to navigate.

The one that TanHamster posted looks like it fits the bill. Hard to tell how fast it is and how well it maneuvers in the ocean, though.
 
2013-10-04 02:37:01 AM
Not that impressive. Sully already proved that the Hudson is roughly the consistency of thick custard.
 
2013-10-04 03:27:01 AM
Does it come with a pole to push away bloated corpses?
 
2013-10-04 04:44:27 AM
I think paddle boats were created a long time ago and are likely much more stable a ride.
 
2013-10-04 05:37:19 AM

organizmx: To non New York/New Jersey Farkers: spend a week crossing the one bridge or two tunnels across the Hudson (12 million people on one side, nine million on the other) - with the soul crushing traffic or insane, what, $12 tolls, and you'll see why this man is a motherfarking hero.

/cause all our tax dollars go to red states, not our own infrastructure


/cause state taxes and joint state agreements also don't exist.
 
2013-10-04 07:47:18 AM
Have fun out there in the shipping lane with 4' wake. The water looks calm from the shoreline but anyone who's been out there knows the Hudson is no joke.
 
2013-10-04 08:30:23 AM

organizmx: To non New York/New Jersey Farkers: spend a week crossing the one bridge or two tunnels across the Hudson (12 million people on one side, nine million on the other)


You don't count the NJ Transit and PATH tunnels?
 
2013-10-04 09:32:06 AM

CasperImproved: I think paddle boats were created a long time ago and are likely much more stable a ride.


Paddlewheels are a ridiculously inefficient drive mechanism. If you don't have a submerged propeller, you're going nowhere slowly.
 
2013-10-04 09:38:32 AM

Lady Indica: Does it come with a pole to push away bloated corpses?


From where? NYC has one of the lowest per capita murder rates among America cities.

The Hudson's actually pretty clean these days, but all the legacy dioxin still not-breaking-down in the silt makes the fishing iffy. It's more unsafe in upstate New York, where GE discharged all the PCBs.
 
2013-10-04 09:41:28 AM

AlwaysRightBoy: Where's the guy walking with the pontoons?


The whole kit fits in a backpack.
 
2013-10-04 09:50:02 AM

Atomic Spunk: I've always wondered why if someone wanted a water craft powered by one's legs, there weren't more options. Legs are a lot more powerful than arms, but it seems as though the only self-powered water crafts that can travel at a decent speed are powered by arms. This device is too top heavy and the body position looks like it's tough to handle in crosswinds. I'd like to see a low-profile watercraft where the rider sits in a similar position to a recumbent cyclist.


When you get to the other side and ride your bike around, have fun in traffic on a recumbent bike.
 
2013-10-04 09:58:05 AM
But how fast does this thing go? Every time I get in one of those smaller pedal-powered boats it seems like I have to pedal like a maniac to go just a few feet...
 
2013-10-04 10:04:18 AM
When I bicycle-boat, I always go the opposite way in the channel, so I can keep an eye on those distracted supertanker drivers...
 
2013-10-04 11:02:04 AM
sweet moses don't show or let anyone here in Austin know about this.
 
2013-10-04 12:37:56 PM

mbillips: CasperImproved: I think paddle boats were created a long time ago and are likely much more stable a ride.

Paddlewheels are a ridiculously inefficient drive mechanism. If you don't have a submerged propeller, you're going nowhere slowly.


I'm guessing less likely to flip over/drown though.
 
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