Bike Sailing 21st Century Innovation Or A Science Project Gone Bad

  • Posted on April 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

With ozone-layer depletion a great issue nowadays, inventors are developing new ideas. The transportation sector in particular is getting all the bad publicity. And as carbon monoxide emissions become the focus of tighter regulations both in the US and Europe, the race for eco-friendly vehicles is on.

One of the inventors who rely on the powers of Mother Nature is Vladimir Zam. His wind-powered bike is designed with a triangular sail. The big question is: how will the bike run?

The design for US Patent 6932368 calls for a sail attachment to be linked to the bicycle harnesses wind to move the bicycle forward. A wind receiving sail is available at the attachment, which can generate the wind needed to power the bike.

Would the addition of a sail attachment qualifies it an invention? It looks more like a science project gone bad. Seriously, the design for this patent is an awkward cross between a sail boat and a bicycle. Considering that the patent retains most of the features of a regular bike, the sail attachment just complicate matters. Whereas, people could simply rely on their two feet to forward a bicycle.

Imagine yourself driving this thing around in the middle of the metropolis traffic jam. That is provided you could survive peddling a long the streets without being dragged through your sail by speeding vehicles. On the upside, well you could make money using this bike to money. For instance, why dont you convince your local pizza delivery store to advertise on your sail. Youll just have to capitalize on your endurance and be able to bike for three acres or until you drop dead, whichever comes first.

So what do you guys think? Is this an innovative invention or just a product of a man having too much time on his hands?