A UK pensioner has designed and built his own steam-powered bicycle that can travel at 20mph.
62-year-old Geoff Hudspith, the man behind the machine, said: “When it’s underway it’s surprisingly well-balanced because the weight of the boiler is balanced by the weight of the water tank on the other side at the back.”
The steam powers a double action single cylinder, this turns a flywheel, which powers a chain on the front wheel.
The bike has a range of around ten miles on one tank of water.
Geoff has turned down several offers to buy it, even for high sums of money.
“I even had a bloke in Denmark, some years ago now, who was so taken with it he wanted to swap a house for it,” Hudspith recalls.
“And well, I just thought; ‘Well, you know, is this bloke serious or what?’ You know. I suppose I should have taken the house and just made another steam bike.”
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