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Pulse Jet Board Racer Bicycle

Posted on August 27, 2010 by Andrew in Other. 16 comments

Ever had one of those moments where you’re having a few drinks with friends and you come up with a great idea? You know the kind – usually they involve movie scripts or fast food creations. My dad says “everyone has a brilliant idea now and then, but it’s the people that do something about them that matter.” Well, meet Robert Maddox. His moment of enlightenment involved a old-school Electra bicycle and a pulse jet engine. What’s a pulse jet engine you ask? It’s a stupidly simple form of jet engine that was invented over 100 years ago. You may also know it by its other name – the German V-1 Flying Bomb. Here’s a video of Robert test riding his unique creation:

Amazing stuff. And as you can see, this isn’t your usual backyard botch-job. This guy obviously lives and breathes this stuff. Just look at the details; the 1940s styling and the board tracker influences, white tires and acres of polished chrome. Wanna know the best bit? He sells them.

  • mackmaniack

    holy f**n moly, this is insane… I know Electra bicycles quite well, and to experiment THIS speed with THAT material, man… respect. Bearings, brakes, tires, wheels, welds… I never would try it. As I said, respect – a lodda!

  • Woody

    Ride one through London and give old people flashbacks and heart attacks.

  • Pamberjack

    I saved the best 'till last – here he is running one at sunset:

  • Jurp

    Amazing!! That is a hell of a design and concept. Time to add another dream bike to the list.

  • This is a great concept. Amazing job really.

  • tom

    looks like the tyres could delaminate a t any moment :-0

  • Stitch

    wow scary to see that he only has regular brakes on that, they're even dodgy on a racer.

    I just cant imagine not upgrading and reinforcing the bike itself if you are going to do something insane like that.

  • Pamberjack

    @Stitch If you read more about the guy, he's a bit of an engineering legend. I'm totally sure he's got the whole thing triple checked and all the sums done. Previous to this, he jumped out of a plane with a pulse jet on his back and FLEW. I reckon he would have done the maths on that little stunt…

  • this is very high tech bycycle!

    really cool 😀

  • joemomma

    I don't know if I would ride one but after looking into him it seems he has more than likely looked everything through thoroughly. I bet it is one heck of an experience at 50mph much less 80mph! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Wow that is absolutely incredible. Both videos are wonderful. It's mentioned that he sells them on eBay. Would you happen to have a link? I really liked the second video. And that comment about flying with one on his back while jumping from a plane is amazing.

    Thanks for sharing.


  • lovely looking bicycle 🙂

  • Superb. Thanks for sharing.

  • Freedom1Man

    Fuel mileage? Anyone know what it is?

  • Mr Blue rdog

    Is it a valved pulse jet? from the size in the front I would think so…

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